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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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I’m away from my computer right now, but still connected to WordPress through my smart phone. I thought I’d create a post using the WordPress app for Android. There is also an app for the iPhone.

Here’s a photo that shows how many of us feel about technology. The emotion shown is open to interpretation: Exhilaration? Abject fear? Somewhere in between?

Posted from my Aria Android

One nice way to create community with WordPress is by adding RSS feeds from other bloggers. RSS stands for real simple syndication. An RSS feed lets you show another person’s blog on your blog.  With Bethel users this might be colleagues’ blogs; but you might know a principal in Beaverton or a national education figure who are bloggers. Here’s how to set up an RSS feed showing the latest blog entry on your sidebar:

1. Go to your Dashboard and scroll down to and click on Widgets (under Appearance).
2. Drag the RSS Feed widget to the side bar.
3. Enter the URL of the WordPress site (or other blog) you’d like to display. If this is a Bethel WordPress site, the URL would be:

http://blogs.bethel.k12.or.us/user_name/feed

Replace “user_name” with the Bethel blogger’s user id. That id will show up in the address window at the top of your screen when you are viewing her blog. For all but the newest of employees, this would be the first letter of their first name and their last name (e.g., pburrows). For brand new employees, this would be their first and last names written together (e.g., danamiller).
4. Decide how many posts to show for each (the default is 10, but 1 makes the list shorter) and whether or not to show the whole post. By default you will just see the post title.
5. Save the Widget settings and then close the Widget.

Repeat steps 1 to 5 for the next blogger you’d like to include.

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Akismet is a WordPress plugin that helps eliminate spam. It is free to individual users. Follow these steps to install:

1. In your dashboard click on the Plugins heading then on Plugins just below it.
2. Find Akismet in the list of plugins and click on Activate just below the name.
3. Above the plugins list click on “Akismet is almost ready. You must enter your Akismet API key for it to work.”
4. On the Akismet Configuration page click on Akismet.com to request a Akismet key.
5. At the Akismet home page, click on “Sign up” in this sentence: “Personal site Need access for your personal site? Sign up and pay what you want ($0-$120).”
6. On the next screen move the slider to $0 and enter the information requested.
7. Click on “Continue” and you’ll see a screen telling you that an email has been sent with your Akismet key.
8. Copy the key from your email and paste it into the field on the Akismet Configuration page.
9. Click on “Update Options”.

There is nothing else to do but let Akismet do its work of eliminating WordPress spam.

Tables are a great way to organize data in a post or on a page. With WordPress there are two options (so far) that I’ve discovered:

1. You can create a table in Word, copy it, then paste it into your post. This can sometimes cause problems as it also copies some of the Word formatting. To avoid that, click on “Paste from Word” icon in the menu of the WordPress edit window,  paste the table there first then click “Insert”. This will place the table wherever the cursor is positioned in your posting or page without the  Word formatting:

STUDENT GRADE PHONE
Andrea Smith 3 541-555-1212

2. You can also use the plugin WP Tables Reload. First install the plugin. Once it is installed, click on WP Tables Reload in your Dashboard under Tools. Click on “Add New Table”. Give the table a name, description (optional), number or rows and number of columns and click on “Add Table”. You will now see the table appear at the bottom of the window. Enter the data into the table. Once you are finished, update the table. Finally, to  insert the table into a page, post or text widge , copy the shortcode [table "<ID>" not found /]
and paste it into the corresponding place in the editor. Each table has a unique ID. You can also click the button “Table” in the editor toolbar to select and insert a table. If you didn’t see the short code, it is listed at the top of the WP Tables Reload window.

NameID NumberSchool
Amy Smith1234Malabon
John Jones4321Danebo
Gretta Bork44343Cascade

It is small and doesn’t take up much space and it has just a simple function. But that’s what makes Press This typical of the great things coming out of the WordPress community:

“Press This is a bookmarklet: a little app that runs in your browser and lets you grab bits of the web. Use Press This to clip text, images and videos from any web page. Then edit and add more straight from Press This before you save or publish it in a post on your site. Drag-and-drop the Press This link to your bookmarks bar or right click it and add it to your favorites for a posting shortcut.”

You’ll find Press This on your Dashboard > General > Writing

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We’ve upgraded all Bethel WordPress bloggers to WordPress 3.0. You’ll notice some differences with the Dashboard as they’ve renamed a few things and made things a bit easier to format. Here are some highlights:

  1. There is not longer an “Edit” option under the Post heading in the Dashboard. Instead there is simply “Posts” where you’ll find all the posts and the ability to edit then.
  2. 3.0 now refers to blogs as sites. I guess that makes sense since WordPress makes a blog much more than just a blog.
  3. They’ve combined all the updates into one area so plugins, widgets and themes are all right upfront when you go to update.
  4. The entire Dashboard is lighter with a lot less clutter.
  5. For those of you who had a romance with the simple blue default theme, well, you’re out of luck as WordPress 3.0’s default is a lot nicer. . .er . . . I mean different.
  6. With 3.0 you can now easily change a theme’s background colors and header pictures. In fact you can have different header pictures on different pages.
  7. Navigational menus are now much more customizable where you can drag and drop things to meet your needs. And there is even a new Dashboard item under Appearance called Menus where you can create custom menus.
  8. And finally, Cory and I are now called Super Admins in WordPress 3.0. That should be deserving of a t-shirt!

DAY 1
8  to 8:30 Introduction to Web 2.0 Applications (Tim)
Slide presentation/discussion

8:30 to 9:00 Blogging in the Classroom -Overview (Erin)
Slide presentation/discussion

Break

9:15 to 10 Introduction to WordPress (Tim)
Logging in to WordPress
Basic setup
Posting
Comments

10 to 11 Setting up the Classroom Blog (Erin/Tim)
Selecting a template
Adding links
Creating pages and creating and adding content (Google Documents and presentations)

Break

11:15 to 12:30 Refining the Blog Setup (Tim)
Eliminating spam
All about Plugins and Widgets

12:30 to 1 Finding Online Help with WordPress
Atomic Learning
WordPress.org

DAY 2

8 to 8:30 Review and Questions (Erin/Tim)

8:30 to 10 Adding Content (Erin/Tim)
Photo Galleries
Documents
Videos
Slideshows
Email notification
Adding Users, Editors, and Publishers

10 to 12:30 Refining your Blog
Independent work on adding content and functionality

12:30  to 1 What’s Next?
Questions/Answers

If you would like to use WordPress to manage links to PDFs, Word documents or other files, here are the steps:

1. Create or locate the PDF or other document.

2. Log in to your Dashboard.

3. Open a new post/page or edit an existing post/page.

4. Type in the words you want to use for the link to your PDF (e.g., “December Newsletter”).

5. Highlight those words and click on Add Media at the top left of the edit window.

6. Click on the Upload Files tab, click Select Files and find your PDF to upload.

7. Once the file is uploaded (and it is smaller than 1 megabyte) click on Insert into Post at the bottom of the window.

8. You’ll notice the words you selected are now a link. Click Publish or Update and you’re done!

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