Using WordPress

Tip of the Week: Adding a Table

Sometimes one column just isn’t enough. You might have a list of 20 things to add to your post like some links you want students to use for a project. Putting them in one long column isn’t a very good use of space. You can add a table to a post in several ways:

1. By far the easiest way is to simply cut and paste these 9 lines of HTML code into you post with the HTML tab active. Then switch back to the Visual tab and you’ll see that your table is ready for entry:

<table style=”text-align: left; width: 590px; height: 32px;”
border=”0″ cellpadding=”2″ cellspacing=”2″>
<tbody>
<tr>
<td align=”left” valign=”top”></td>
<td align=”left” valign=”top”></td>
</tr>
</tbody>
</table>

Your table should look like this:

MS NBC News
ABC News
LA Times
The Nation
New York Times
 News Hour Extra
Front Pages from Around the World

You can adjust the width of the table by clicking on the HTML tab and changing the width to a smaller or larger number depending on the size of the center column of your site.

2. A second way to create a table in a WordPress post is to use the plugin WP Table Reloaded. Although this plugin takes a bit more effort than using the HTML code, it also provides a few more bells and whistles. You can see an example of the WP Table Reloaded plug in at List of Bethel Bloggers. WP Table Reload is a plugin ready for you to activate in all Bethel Blogs.

Social Media Guidelines

In this American School Board Journal article, North Carolina district official Nora Carr shares this adaptation of the Social Media Guidelines Wiki:

Be careful about what you post. “Online behavior should reflect the same standards as those used for face-to-face communications. Deleted information may be stored and retrieved indefinitely, while information marked ‘private’ rarely is, and may be forwarded easily, even by someone you trust.”

Be aware of your official role. “Ensure that content reflects and is consistent with the work you do for your district. Once you identify yourself as a school or district employee, or former employee, you are automatically connected with colleagues nationwide.”

With students, stick to school business. “Don’t use e-mail, text messaging, instant messaging, or social networking sites to discuss non-school-related issues with students. Homework, class activities, athletics, extracurricular activities, parent nights, choral concerts, and other school activities represent appropriate topics of discussion. Keep relationships with students professional at all times.” Continue reading

Picasa Slideshow in WordPress

****Before you start, make sure you have the plugin Unfiltered Mu activated. This allows html code (the embed code) to be placed in your post or page. Click on Plugins in the dashboard on left when you are editing and then click on “Activate” under Unfiltered MU.****

Just when you thought you’d heard all the great reasons to have a Google account here’s one more. The easiest way we’ve found to add a slideshow to your WordPress site is by using Google’s Picasa. Here are the steps:

1. This assumes that you have taken some pictures and moved them to your computer and re-size them. If you haven’t re-sized them, look at the post below for instructions.
2. Login to your Google Account, go to the “More” menu and select Photos. Don’t see Photos? Click on “even more…” at the bottom of the list.
3. Click on “Upload” and “create a new album”.
4. Give the album a title and select anything but Private.
5. Now click Browse and select your first photo to upload. Continue until you have five photos. Click on “Start Upload”.
6. Once you’ve uploaded all your the photos in groups of five, click on “Link to this Album” at the far right and click on “Embed Slideshow”.
7. Select size “Large” and check or leave checked “AutoPlay”.
8. Copy the embed code.
9. Return to your WordPress post or page and select the HTML tab and past the embed code into the Window.
10. Select a category, preview your post or page and click on Publish.
11. If the slideshow window is too small or too large, go to the embed code in WordPress and change the width and height.

Resizing Photos

If want to use photos in your WordPress site, you’ll likely need to resize them. Digital camera pictures can be as big as 2 megabytes. Your WordPress site won’t allow you to upload a file larger than 1 megabyte. And even it it would allow it, you don’t want a large photo on the site as it will load slowly and take up too much space. What to do?  Here’s an easy way on a PC to quickly reduce the size of the file before uploading:

1. Find the photograph you want to resize, right click on it and select “Open with . . .”

2. From the menu select Microsoft Office Picture Manager. Your photograph will pop up in the software’s window.

3. Click on “Edit Pictures” at the top of the window.

4. Now at far right click on “Resize”.

5. You have several options to choose from. I select “Predefined width x height” and then “Web – Small”.  You can define your own pixel dimensions or reduce it by a certain percentage.

6. Click “OK” and go to the File Menu and select “Save As . . . ” and rename the file and save it in a location where you can easily find it.

7. Now upload the photo to WordPress.

Adding A Google Doc to WordPress

Google word processing documents can also be imbedded into WordPress. The process is very similar to other Google Docs:

1. From your Google Account, go to Create New and drag down to Document.
2. Create the content for the document. Content can include text and graphics.
3. When finished, go to the Share button in the upper-right and set the document to Public.
4. Now that the document can be shared, go to the File menu and drag down to Publish to the Web and copy the embed code.
5. Return to WordPress and create a new post or page.
6. Select the Text tab and paste the embed code into the text window.
7. To change the width and height of the document as it appears in WordPress, put the cursor right after “…embedded=true” (to the right of the second quotation mark) and type width=650 height=600 so that it now looks like this “…embedded=true” width=550 height=600>
8. Click on Publish and you’re done.

Adding a Google Form to WordPress

Google Docs includes Google Forms – Think survey or quiz. Here’s a Step-by-Step:

1. In Google Docs, go to Create New and select Form.
2. Enter a title for your form and any explanation.
3. Type a question (or survey comment).
4. Add the type of response (multiple choice, check boxes, etc.) and response choices if needed.
5. Click Add Item a the top to add another question.
6. When you are done, Select a Theme by clicking on the Theme button at the top.
7. Save the form and then click on More Actions to find the embed code and copy it.
8. Return to your WordPress site and create a new post or page.
9. Click on the HTML tab and paste the embed code in the text window.
10. Publish the form.
11. Wait for users to fill in the form, or better yet, send the post via email (or Subscribe2) requesting users to fill out the form.

You can view the submissions live as they come in (really!) or just view submissions by going to the form in Google Docs and clicking on See Responses.

Once you’ve collected your data, you can post the results in graphic form. Click here for an example of graphed survey results (but it could be just as easily the results of a student quiz): Administrator Survey Results

Here’s what a sample quiz looks like:

Adding Video to WordPress

If all you need to do is add an existing YouTube video to a WordPress post or page, skip down to section A.

A. Here are the steps for uploading your video to YouTube in preparation for embedding it into your WordPress site:
1. Sign in to your YouTube account.
2. Click on Upload (upper right).
3. Click Select File from your Computer.
4. Give the video a name and select “unlisted” at the right.
5. Once the video is uploaded, go to the video link at the top of the screen and follow the steps on the link below.

B. Adding a YouTube video to WordPress
1. Create a new post or page in WordPress.
2. Open a new tab in your browser and navigate to YouTube.
3. Find the video you’d like to embed in your post or page. Click on Share and then the Embed tab under the video.
4. Uncheck Include Related Videos.
5. Select size.
6. Copy the embed code.
7. Return to your WordPress post or page.
8. Click on the Text tab.
9. Place the cursor in the text window and paste.
10. Click on Publish and then view post or page.

 

Adding Video to a Google Docs Presentation

Because Google owns YouTube, adding video to a Google Presentation is equally as easy. Here’s how:

1.On the appropriate Google Presentation slide, go to the “Insert” menu and select video. By default, it opens to YouTube.
2. Find the video you want and double click on it. Resize the video as needed.
3. Now go to the Share menu’s small black triangle and drag down to Publish/Embed and select Publish. Copy the embed code.
4. Go to WordPress and your new post (or page), click on the HTML tab and paste the embed code into the page or post.

You’re done! If you want to have the window of the presentation larger or smaller, change the height and width in the embed code. To show the presentation, click on the single arrow to automate it. To move one slide at a time, click on the double arrows. To enlarge the presentation full screen, click on the enlarge icon just to the right of the “slides 1/6”:

Adding a Google Docs Presentation

Sharing a Google Docs presentation in your WordPress site is a snap. Here are the steps:

1 Log in to your Google account and go to the more menu and drag down to Docs.
2. If you have a PowerPoint presentation, click on the Upload button in the upper-left. Follow the prompts to upload the file. This converts the presentation to a Google presentation.
3. You can also create a Google Presentation from scratch. Google Presentations works a lot like PowerPoint. Go to the Create New menu (upper-left) and select Presentation.
4. Add slides with text and/or images as you would with PowerPoint. You’ll notice that Google Docs save automatically.
5. Once you are finished, click on the small black triangle next to Sharing in the upper-right and select Publish/Embed.
6. Select the Player Size. For most of our WordPress sites the largest size works.
7. Copy the code in the box at the bottom of the screen.
8. Go back to your WordPress site and your Dashboard. Under Posts, click on Add New (You can also add any Google Document to a WordPress Page as well.).
9. At the top of the text area click on the HTML tab.
10. Click in the text area and paste the embed code you just copied from Google Docs.
11. Click on the blue Publish button at the far right. If you have already published once, the button will say Update.
12. Click on View post to try out the presentation.

If you want to have the window of the presentation larger or smaller, change the height and width in the embed code. To show the presentation, click on the single arrow to automate it. To move one slide at a time, click on the double arrows. To enlarge the presentation full screen, click on the enlarge icon just to the right of the “slides 1/6”:

It’s ShowTime!

The WordPress plugin ShowTime puts a slide show into your WordPress post or page. First make sure you have Adobe Flash installed and updated on your computer (http://www.adobe.com). Once you are sure you have Adobe Flash installed and updated, follow these steps:

1. Click on Plugins in the Dashboard and activate ShowTime.

2.Create a new post (or a page). Let’s try a post.

3. Give it a title and then in the edit window type.

Feeding the Slide Show

4. In the editor click the button Add an Image. Now, Select Files to upload. Do this one at a time until you have four or five images in the gallery.

5. Next, click the tab gallery at top of the screen. Now you should see all images attached to the current page. The gallery allows you to edit the title and caption attributes, change the order or delete an image file.

6. Save changes at the bottom of the window and then click to Publish the post or page or Preview post or page. You should see the slides come up one at time in your WordPress post.

7. You can go back to the Dashboard under Media and click on ShowTime Slide Show to change the size of the slide show screen, the style of transition between slides, the time between slide changes and much more.

Give it a try!

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