Blogging for the Beyond

Everyone should, by now, have had some experience making blog posts and customizing their blogs. We encourage you to visit the EDCI 336 Blog Hub to check out each other’s posts and to ensure that your posts are appearing. If not, contact your instructor. Now, we won’t always be here to aggregate your peer blog posts for you, so you should begin to explore how to set up your own Personalized Learning Network. Now, we have explored a bit how this is done with Twitter (see your twitter lists by cohort appearing under the Twitter Competencies page), but you can also do the same thing with blogs. Just like following people on Instagram or Twitter, you can follow blogs. One of the tools we recommend is Feedly (see resources and competencies for Feedly under the Technology Competencies menu of our site). Keep in mind, this is a cloud-based tool located outside of Canada, but if you want a RSS reader (blogs create “RSS feeds” that enable subscribing to them), this is a good one.

If you choose to get a Feedly account, first up you can decide which of your peers you want to follow (their URL lists are located on the EDCI 336 Blog Hub under “Blog Posts Per Course”). Beyond our course, however, you should consider what other blogs you might want to subscribe to. Some school websites have RSS feeds you can subscribe to, for example. We’ll put a list of a few education blogs, but it is up to you to find and subscribe to blogs of importance to you. You can subscribe to education sites, hobby sites, family sites, new sites, etc. You may also download the mobile app for Feedly to be able to read and catch up on posts while on the go.

If you find good blogs, feel free to recommend them to others on our course twitter hashtag or make a blog post about them and categorize the post “blogging” and “professional learning.” In the meantime, you may get started by following one or more (or all) of the following to get some content (and great ideas and resources) into your feed. 

Working with Menus

Many of you have created your WordPress blog by now, but a common tendency is to use “Pages” to create all content on your site for your menus. While you may want some static pages on your site (likely for an “About Me” page), to separate your course blogs (e.g., EDCI 336 and EDCI 352) or to separate assignments (e.g., open inquiry and tech inquiry), you will need to:

  1. Create categories
  2. Add categories to your blog posts
  3. Create a menu item from a category

First off, before you start working in the basic gray-coloured menu, go to the better black-coloured menu by adding “/wp-admin” to the end of your blog URL. Make sure you aren’t using a long goobly-goop URL first. That is, NOT: https://wordpress.com/view/thenameofmyblog.wordpress.com
It should look like: http://thenameofmyblog.wordpress.com/wp-admin

Create Categories

  • click to Posts
  • click on Categories
  • enter the name for your category. To separate EDCI 336 posts from EDCI 352 posts, for example, create one category for EDCI 336 and one category for EDCI 352. Next up, for EDCI 336, create categories as per our naming convention for competencies using the same capitalization, spelling, and spaces.
  • click on Add New Category

Add Categories to Your Blog Posts

  • When editing a blog post, on the right side, you will see two tabs. One says Document and beside it is Block. 
  • Click on Document
  • Click on Categories to expand it to see the drop-down menu. You should be able to see the categories you created. Check all appropriate ones (e.g, EDCI 336 and Tech Inquiry and Video Editing).

Create a Menu Item Based on a Category

Once you have created categories, you can add menu items based on them. If you haven’t applied categories to a post yet, you can still create menus based on them. Former EDCI 336 learners from three years ago created a video tutorial for how to do create menus using categories using the Camtasia screen capture software that is available in the lab. Alternatively, the steps are described below:

  • Go to Appearance 
  • Click on Menus
  • Click on Categories to expand the drop-down menu
  • Click View All
  • Checkmark the categories you want to add to the menu. They will appear at the bottom of the menu list on the right side.
  • Drag and drop your new menu item to where you want it on the menu list. Note, indenting a menu item under another menu creates a drop-down or submenu.
  • Click Save Menu

That’s it! You should start setting up the menus and categories for your course(s) and for the competencies you are working on. You can also simply create all the competency categories for the course at once. Enjoy designing your site!

Most Likely To Succeed Film

We will be watching Most Likely to Succeed together in class, therefore, please don’t watch this film without your class! That said, if you miss the class in which this is viewed, you can catch up by watching it online using the link below. Note: this film is restricted to those watching from on campus or those accessing it from off campus using a VPN to connect to campus using a UVic netlink ID and password. For any assistance in watching it from off-campus or how to set up a UVic VPN, please contact the UVic Help Desk. If accessing it correctly, you should not have to create any accounts or log in in any way.

Click here to watch Most Likely to Succeed.

Google Form for Public Sharing of Topics and Online Presence (optional)

We have created an online Google Form for those of you in the class, who would like to share their inquiry topics and online presence publicly. This form is also used to collect consent and information for sharing a Trello board to support inquiry projects this term. FIPPA and Privacy has been discussed extensively in class, so you should be aware that this is not required, but is available to you as per your privacy preferences. If you prefer to keep your responses private, you may email your instructor with your responses to the questions on the form instead of using the form. For more information about FIPPA and privacy, please visit our pages on that topic under Educational Competencies on this website. 

Please complete this form (or email your responses to your instructor) as soon as possible or before your third class at the latest. Note: you can submit the form again if you need to add a response to a field you previously left blank or if you are updated/changing your information.

Google Form for Trello set-up, Public Sharing of Topics, and Online Presence

WordPress Website Creation

Here is a link to a WordPress website creation tutorial created by the UVic Libraries Digital Scholarship Commons (DSC): http://bit.ly/2NTFP4p

If you have any questions or need help with setting up your WordPress website, feel free to stop by the DSC on the 3rd floor of the library in the new part of the building, or email dscommons@uvic.ca to set up an appointment.

Additional resources can be found on the WordPress Resources page of this website. Be sure to also check out the WordPress Competencies page, which lists the various tasks you should complete.

New EDCI 336 Course Site

Welcome to the new website for EDCI 336: Technology Innovation in Education at the University of Victoria!

There will be two websites related to the course – both will link to each other, so you don’t lose track of either. They are:

EDCI 336 Course Site – contains course information and resources

EDCI 336 Blog Hub – aggregates and curates learner blog posts

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your instructor to give feedback on either site or email edci336@uvic.ca

We look forward to learning with you!