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Creating New Posts in WordPress

Creating New Posts in WordPress
After obtaining a new WordPress site, one of the most important tasks to learn is how to create new posts. Posts can be used in many different ways within WordPress, but their primary use is as discrete entries in a blog. The home page of a new WordPress site is what is referred to as the posts page. Any page in a WordPress site can be designated as the posts page, but the home page is the default. Posts are a great way to get fresh information online, keeping your site from appearing stale. The beauty of WordPress is that posts are quick and easy to create. The following video demonstrates how to...
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Easy Websites with WordPress

Easy Websites with WordPress
Managing a website may not ever truly be easy, but WordPress can certainly make it easier. For those unfamiliar with WordPress, it is a web content management system that allows you to use a web browser for creating and editing a website. It can be accessed with any modern web browser from almost any internet connected computer. No special software or skills are needed. The Palomar College Academic Technology Resource Center offers workshops on using WordPress. In particular, I would like to point out a new series of workshops called “Website in a Month”. Here’s the workshop...
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Tech Toolbox: Educreations

Tech Toolbox: Educreations
Occasionally when the techs here are speaking with faculty, particularly in the free-form discussions that come up at our Wednesday morning “Blackboard with Cream & Sugar” sessions, the techs will mention tools we use that faculty are unaware of. Sometimes those tools can be adapted to use in the classroom, so I’m highlighting some such tools on the blog under the “Tech Toolbox” name. Today’s addition to the Tech Toolbox is an educational content creation and distribution tool: Educreations. From the website: “Teach what you know. Learn what you...
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Welcome Back

Welcome back faculty members (if, in fact, you took off the summer at all) to the fall 2011 semester. We have been quite busy and are starting to feel growing pains with our systems. It also seems as though no matter how much time we have to do things, we always need about two more weeks. I bet most of you are feeling the same way about the semester about to begin. Your new Academic Technology Coordinator is Dr. Lillian Payn. Please contact Lillian at ext. 3626 if you have needs or concerns related to Academic Technology. We have upgraded the Blackboard system over the summer to version 9.1, Service...
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SkyDrive PowerPoint Embeds in WordPress Blogs

The Office.com blog today had a nice feature on embedding PowerPoints stored at SkyDrive.live.com into wordpress blogs.  As you may know, WordPress comes in 2 flavors, the locally installable software you can obtain from WordPress.org and administer yourself, or the web-based WordPress.com service, that hosts—now that it has inherited all the old live.com blogs—gazillions of blogs, like this one. When the embed PowerPoint from SkyDrive feature was first announced, it would not work in a WordPress.com blog because it uses iframe embed code.  In those days, WordPress would strip out iframe code because...
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