Taking STEAM Projects to the Next Level on Bill Selak Talks: the Jon Corippo Voxer Special Edition


In this episode, I talked with Jon Corippo about what STEAM should look like in classrooms. We talk at the 30,000 foot view, and also get into the trenches with some eduawesome examples of projects.

It should be duly noted that we recorded this entire podcast asynchronously over two weeks on Voxer. Jon recorded on an airplane, in hotels, walking down the street… you get the idea. We had no clue if this would work or not, but decided to take a risk and try it. A warning: the audio quality is not the usual pro audio, but I’m gonna go ahead and make the case that it adds character to this episode.

At the end of the podcast, I shared CUE’s new conference: Bold. Between lesson plan remixing and classroom crib redesigns, this first annual conference is going to be something special. So, sit back (unless you exercise to podcasts; in that case, pick up the pace!), and enjoy Jon and I talking about taking STEM, STEAM, and project-based learning to the next level.

What’s My Page Again?: Build a Classroom or Professional Website

Create your own website using Google Sites, Weebly, or WordPress. Discover the strengths of each platform and learn how to adjust the layout, add content, and publish your website.

The purpose of this workshop is to give participants the skills necessary to create a professional or classroom website. The workshop will introduce participants to three website creation platforms, and will provide real-life examples of final sites.
The first half of the session will focus on basic skills, and introduce Google Sites, Weebly, and WordPress to participants. In the second half, participants will select a website creation platform and create their own website.

By owning your own website, you have control over every aspect. There is a low barrier to entry when using WordPress. Knowledge of HTML markup or MySQL databases is not necessary. By the end of the session, every participant will have their own .com website.

All participants will leave with a live educational website ready to be used. They will have skills, resources, and examples to continue developing their site.

1. Introduction to web design
2. Websites and the home-school connection

  • Communicate with families
  • Share student work: songs, videos, podcasts
  • Parents can subscribe via RSS
  • Daily/weekly reminders
  • Share documents

3. Google Sites overview

  • Creating the site
  • Choose a theme
  • Share
  • Pages
  • Editing a Page
  • Layout of a Page
  • Subpages
  • Announcements/Blog style
  • Insert Menu
  • Image
  • Form
  • Document
  • Calendar

4. Weebly overview: 10 minutes

  • Navigation Bar
  • Elements
  • Paragraph with title
  • Paragraph with picture
  • Picture only
  • Titles
  • Multiple columns
  • Design
  • Theme options
  • Design options
  • Pages
  • Add blog
  • Add pages
  • Create sub pages
  • Password protecting
  • Blog
  • Features
  • Posting
  • Manage
  • Comments
  • Sidebar

5. WordPress overview: 10 minutes

  • Posts
  • Pages
  • Media
  • Appearance
  • Themes
  • Plugins
  • Widgets
  • Menus
  • Advanced
  • Permalinks
  • Users
  • Writing settings
  • Uploading
  • FTP
  • HTML
  • Podcasting

6. Examples created by presenters

7. Create websites in three groups

  • Platform overview
  • Page creation
  • Post/blog creation
  • Theme customization
  • Platform resources

8. Publish websites