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===Why a Wordpress site?===
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===About===
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Your WordPress site acts as the sole vehicle for the documentation of your city field study.
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====Your site will include:====
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*your field study plan
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*weekly entries of text
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*photos
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*mapping - a Google Map will be integrated into your site for mapping purposes, (popup detail bubbles as you mouse over your city’s pinpointed locations). 
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*may also include sound
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====Weekly text entries will include:====
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#information on the progress of your field study activities
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#how your selected field study reading is informing your work, and
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#impressions of your city
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====What else?====
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You will are also review the WordPress sites of other students in the program and '''comment on at least two sites each week'''.
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===Getting started ===
 
*What is [http://wordpress.org/ WordPress].
 
*What is [http://wordpress.org/ WordPress].
 
*How is [http://blogs.evergreen.edu/ blogs.evergreen.edu] different from [http://wordpress.com/ wordpress.com]
 
*How is [http://blogs.evergreen.edu/ blogs.evergreen.edu] different from [http://wordpress.com/ wordpress.com]
 
*Create an academic/travel journal
 
*Create an academic/travel journal
 
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*Brainstorm session: what might your journals include?
 
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===An academic journal===
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* Brainstorm session: what might your journals include?
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* Examples:
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====Your journal categories are:====
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# Field study progress in relation to field study plan
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# How readings inform field study
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# City Impressions (with google maps) photo/audio/video/text
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====Journaling tips====
 
====Journaling tips====
*make connections between what you are experiencing/perceiving and the course readings
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*'''make connections''' between what you are experiencing/perceiving and the course readings
*write frequently, at least 2  times per week if not more. Write when impressions are fresh. If you are not near a computer keep a paper journal then type up your notes later.
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*'''write frequently''', at least 2  times per week if not more. Write when impressions are fresh. If you are not near a computer keep a paper journal then type up your notes later.
*capture the experience of a place with images and audio
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*capture the experience of a place with '''images and audio'''
*interact what other students' journals. They are going through a similar experience, how are they approaching their journal and the academic challenges of the course?  
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*'''interact''' what other students' journals. They are going through a similar experience, how are they approaching their journal and the academic challenges of the course?  
*Your site is public. You are publishing your ideas for the world to find and read if they are interested in what you have to say. If you don't want your mother or future employer to read it, then set the privacy settings accordingly.
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*'''Your site is public'''. You are publishing your ideas for the world to find and read if they are interested in what you have to say. If you don't want your mother or future employer to read it, then set the privacy settings accordingly.
*This site won't live forever, it will be deleted once you leave Evergreen but you can take the structure and text it with you.
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*This site won't live forever, it will be deleted once you leave Evergreen but you can take the structure and text with you.
 
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====Tips for geo-blogging====
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*keep track of the location for each journal entry, intersection/address info
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*if possible, use a camera that captures gps coordinates
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=== Getting started with a new web site ===
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*Go to http://blogs.evergreen.edu to create your acount and blog. See [[Creating a blog at blogs.evergreen.edu - Wordpress| Creating a new blog]] for detailed instructions.
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*Dashboard overview
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*Change the site's title and subtitle '''Settings > General'''
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*Privacy settings - control who can see your site or if search engines will index your site '''Settings > Privacy'''
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===Writing and Managing your content===
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*Creating posts
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*Using the rich text editor
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*Images, media and linking to files
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*Controlling commenting & publishing
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**set your comment preferences for all new pages/posts '''Settings > Discussion'''
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*Pages versus Posts
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*Creating pages and your site's navigation
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**Everyone will have at least one page title '''Field Study Plan'''
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**working with sub-pages
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*Editing already existing pages and posts
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===Designing your site===
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*Trying out new Themes '''Appearance > Themes'''
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*Customize your header or banner image
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**some themes allow for you to add your own header image '''Appearance > Header Image''' (may only appear if your chosen theme supports custom header images)
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'''Important:''' Find a theme that meets your layout requirements.
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====Modify Your Sidebar with widgets====
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Add functionality to your site's sidebar(s) '''Appearance > Widget'''
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====Working with sidebar links====
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Links are useful for directing others to related sites. You might want to create a link to the program blog, for example.
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*creating and managing sidebar links
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*displaying sidebar links via widgets
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====Working with categories and tags====
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*Categories are useful for categorizing different types of posts. A category page for each is automatically created. Use the Category Widget to display in your sidebar.
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**There are 3 required categories for your journals (see above)
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*Tags are more free-form and attempt to capture more specific information about a post.
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====Customize the CSS of your theme with Custom CSS====
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You can write custom CSS to override the theme's CSS. Go '''Appearance > Custom CSS'''
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You'll need to learn a bit about how your theme is structured. Some great tools for this are:
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*[http://getfirebug.com/ Firefox Firebug]
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*Safari's Develop Menu
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===Plugins===
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==== Set up your site ====
[[Plugin Overview|Plugins]] add functionality to your site. To use them use must first activate. Some useful plugins include:
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#Start with the [[WordPress Tutorial]]
*[http://wikis.evergreen.edu/computing/index.php/GeoMashup_Google_Maps_plugin GeoMashup Google Maps] (required)
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#Set up the [[GeoMashup Google Maps plugin]]
*Flickr Gallery
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#*Tips for geo-blogging:
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#**keep track of the location for each journal entry, intersection/address info
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#**if possible, use a camera that captures gps coordinates
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#Setup [[Image Galleries - WordPress|Image Galleries]]
  
===Things to know about your blog===
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====Things to know about your blog====
 
*[[What happens to my blog when I graduate?]]
 
*[[What happens to my blog when I graduate?]]
  
===Additional Resources===
 
*[http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Lessons Wordpress Tutorials] Please note: some of these tutorials assume you have administrative access to your blog's server. You don't.
 
*[http://www.w3schools.com/css/default.asp Introduction to CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)]
 
  
  
  
 
  [[category:2010-2011]]
 
  [[category:2010-2011]]
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[[category:2011-2012]]

Latest revision as of 11:58, 2 August 2012

About

Your WordPress site acts as the sole vehicle for the documentation of your city field study.

Your site will include:

  • your field study plan
  • weekly entries of text
  • photos
  • mapping - a Google Map will be integrated into your site for mapping purposes, (popup detail bubbles as you mouse over your city’s pinpointed locations).
  • may also include sound

Weekly text entries will include:

  1. information on the progress of your field study activities
  2. how your selected field study reading is informing your work, and
  3. impressions of your city

What else?

You will are also review the WordPress sites of other students in the program and comment on at least two sites each week.

Getting started

Journaling tips

  • make connections between what you are experiencing/perceiving and the course readings
  • write frequently, at least 2 times per week if not more. Write when impressions are fresh. If you are not near a computer keep a paper journal then type up your notes later.
  • capture the experience of a place with images and audio
  • interact what other students' journals. They are going through a similar experience, how are they approaching their journal and the academic challenges of the course?
  • Your site is public. You are publishing your ideas for the world to find and read if they are interested in what you have to say. If you don't want your mother or future employer to read it, then set the privacy settings accordingly.
  • This site won't live forever, it will be deleted once you leave Evergreen but you can take the structure and text with you.

Set up your site

  1. Start with the WordPress Tutorial
  2. Set up the GeoMashup Google Maps plugin
    • Tips for geo-blogging:
      • keep track of the location for each journal entry, intersection/address info
      • if possible, use a camera that captures gps coordinates
  3. Setup Image Galleries

Things to know about your blog