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Blogging#4: Embedding Video

  1. Sign into you blog.
  2. Go to Plugins.
  3. Find Viper’s Video. Activate Viper.
  4. Create a new blog post.
  5. Write an overview of your video.
  6. Click YouTube icon.
  7. Paste URL of YouTube video.
  8. Put in iDesign/Animation category.
  9. Add “video” and “Pivot” as tags.
  10. Publish post.


Blogging #2:How to Set up Categories and Menu Bar on Your Blog

Part I

At the Dashboard, choose Posts>Categories.

Add the following categories:

iDesign              Reflections                    Digital Portfolio

Add  Animation and make it a  sub-category under iDesign by choosing iDesign as the parent.

Part II

We will make your blog use categories as the menu items in the top row.

To do this..

1. Go to Appearance>Current Theme Options> then…


2. Save

Blogging 3#:How to Write a Great ISM Blog Post

wordpress1. Title: Perhaps the most important point. Get your readers in the door! Use great kewwords.

2. Use a great image. Readers are easily bored with running text. Break it up with pictures, diagrams, charts.

3. Have great content. Have something that people want to read.

4. Suggest more. Have the reader so something. Suggest they leave a comment, visit a link, suggest links, give advice, pose another question…

5. Use hyperlinks. Link keywords to other posts or other sites that would be of interest.

6. Add your post to a categoryThis makes things much easier in the future.

Blogging #1: How to Set Up Your School Blog

Ready to get blogging?

  1. Please visit the link that was sent out via email, and log in with your username and and temporary password given.



  1. Immediately go to your profile, which is located at the top of your screen (probably says “Howdy, ____”) OR you can go to the left side of the screen and under the dropdown menu for ‘Users’, you’ll find “Your Profile”.
  2. At the bottom of your profile be sure to change your password to something you’ll remember!

The Dashboard: Control center of the blog – the “brain”


  • General: change things like date/format, email address, blog title, time zone
  • Writing:  “size of the post box” to something larger like ‘20′.
  • Reading: leave as is for now
  • Discussionchecking the box: “An administrator must always approve the comment”
  • Delete Blog: yeah, just don’t click this one. Please.

What is a Blog?

To help you understand what a blog is……


A blog is essentially a website that have some special characteristics:

  • A main content area with articles listed chronologically, newest on top. Often, the articles are organized into categories.
  • An archive of older articles.
  • A way for people to leave comments about the articles.
  • A list of links to other related sites, sometimes called a “blogroll”.
  • One or more “feeds” like RSS, Atom or RDF files.”