How to Create a Custom Menu

A custom menu can allow you to easily change the main navigation of your site away from the ‘default’ navigation the theme provides (either alphabetical or in order of creation). This can make your site feel more well planned and allow your ideas to flow. Further, it affords the opportunity to add ‘categories’ to your main navigation as a way of sharing your posts on a particular topic in a threaded conversation that appears to show up on it’s own page. For an example of a custom menu, click on the Reflections tab in the menu on this site. You might create a ‘resources’ category or ‘reflections’ category to share and organize posts you make. Utilizing categories can really help make your site more dynamic and searchable!

Watch the video below that will guide you through the process of creating your own custom menu.

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How to Create a Page

The video below demonstrates how to create a page and add media.

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How to Manage Privacy Settings

As a teacher creating a professional blog, protecting privacy isn’t just about protecting yourself but is also about being mindful of your students. As you build your site, you’ll want to ensure that you protect student privacy – this includes redacting/removing the names of teachers, students and schools and using only non-identifiable images. Keep in mind the purpose of your blog. Remember, it is not a class website meant to celebrate the students in the classroom, it is about you: your inquiry and your journey through Teacher Ed. and houses your own ideas and reflections about teaching and learning.

It is possible to do so without infringing on student’s privacy and adding to their ‘digital tattoo’. Be creative in how you take photos!

Please note that you may upload student work product and images (with appropriate permissions and/or with respect to privacy) on UBC Blogs since it is housed in Canada. If you choose to use an American housed blog or website/server, FIPPA (The Freedom of information and protection of privacy act) applies and you may not upload student work or images (EVEN if you protect privacy).

Remember, TEO advises the following:
You may include student images and/or video in a web document only if you have written permission from the student and their parents. Alternatively, you can use photographs and/or video without obtaining written permission, if such media do not show the students’ faces or any identifying information (such as names, places, images of locations, etc).

*NB: Written permission from parents of minors must follow school /school district guidelines and, as such, should be approved by the school Administrator. I recommend that this permission should be specific about the usage of the image in the TC’s professional blog – including noting if it is a ‘public’ site accessible on the internet.

When you are ready to submit and share your work, you will want to ensure your permissions are set correctly to allow people to view your blog. View the video tutorial below to learn how to change overall blog privacy settings.

If you chose to make your site open only to subscribers, you will need to add your instructor (and anyone else you wish to view your site) as a user click here to learn how to.

Also each page and post have their own ‘visibility’ permissions, click here to view a tutorial on how to create a post and change visibility settings.

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Other UBC Blog video tutorials you might be interested:

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How to Create a Post

The video tutorial below will guide you through the steps of creating a post, adding pictures, managing categories and tags, and adjusting visibility setting.

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How to Add a User

Watch the video below to learn how to add someone as a site user and the different functions that you can assign to users.

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How to Get Started

This clear and concise video will help get you started with UBC Blogs WordPress.

To learn more and/or to customize the look and feel of your blog, please visit the other tutorial posts and various pages in this site. You’ll find tips and tricks from “How to protect privacy” to “How to add a video or slideshow”. To get a little one on one or small group help, drop-in to the Scarfe Digital Sandbox in Scarfe 155 (through the Education Library) from 12 – 2pm on Tuesdays to see me (Yvonne) for a hand.

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Embedding a Twitter Feed

You can embed a twitter feed – your own or a hashtag you like to follow – into your blog by creating a widget in twitter, copying and pasting the embed code here, into the ‘text’ field of your blog. You can also paste the embed code into the ‘text widget’ as I’ve done on the left of this blog (go to the dashboard, select widgets, find the text widget and drag it to your sidebar).

Below: Here’s how the feed looks in your blog (you’ll notice it’s scrollable and allows viewers to tweet to you!)

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This Twitter blog has excellent instructions on how to do this. The screen shots below show the basic steps.
Step 1: Login to Twitter
Step 2: Go to your Profile and Settings drop down menu (center icon) and select ‘settings’
profile and settings
Step 3: Select ‘Widgets’ (near the bottom of the list)
settings
Step 4: Create New Widget (you can also edit previously created widgets)
step 2
Step 5: Click the blue ‘create widget’ button
step 3
Step 6: copy the embed code (at the bottom of the feed) and click ‘Save changes’
step 4
Step 7: paste the embed code into the ‘text’ editor of your blog page or post
step 5And that’s it!

Save

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Embed a visual link

I love ’embedly’ – a cool little cloud based app you can use to embed a visual URL like the following:

Yvonne Dawydiak (@yvonnedtechtalk) | Twitter
or Portfolios

To create an ’embedly’:

  1. Go to the website http://embed.ly/
  2. “Create Embed”
  3. Paste the URL you wish to embed
  4. Select “embed”
  5. Select “copy”
  6. Now paste it into the TEXT editor field of your post or page!

text field

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Embedding Video

As with images, it is important to protect the privacy of your students when embedding video content. There should be no recognizable students in the video if you are uploading it to your eP.

There are a few ways to do this:

  1. You can upload it first to a third party site such as ‘TeacherTube’ (like youtube but no inappropriate ads and meant only for educational content). If the work is student product or has student images, then FIPPA applies and you are not permitted to upload it to a US based server (which TeacherTube is). You could try a Canadian housed server (such as canadaka.net – though I haven’t tested this site out as yet)
  2. or you can upload a link to a short video using the ‘add media’ button in the editor (as I’ve done with the ‘birds’ video, taken on a class field trip, below):
    Add mediaI’ve chosen to upload this brief clip straight to my UBC Blog since it was taken on a school field trip and does have students in it – though their identity is protected as their backs are to the camera)

birdflight

*If you choose to upload the video to a 3rd party site, you can adjust the privacy of your video – if your eP is a private space, you could make the video private and, therefore, only viewable to those you give access to your site. I’d also suggest deselecting ‘allow download’ or ‘allow others to embed’ if this is content you want to keep strictly for your eP. I’ve uploaded the video below to TeacherTube since it is not student work product, nor does it show any students.

As with embedding slideshows, you need to copy the embed code after you upload the video to the 3rd party site you choose:
embed code
and then paste this code into the ‘TEXT’ editor (Click the ‘Text’ rather than the ‘visual’ tab) of the post or page in your blog.
text editor
Once pasted, Publish your work by clicking the blue publish button and you should see your embedded video when you view your page (NB: TeacherTube reviews video for appropriateness prior to it appearing publicly… this can take a few minutes…)

You also have the option of copying and pasting the ‘URL’ to ‘link out’ to your video content rather than embedding it. Paste the URL, then select the ‘link’ button from the editing menu in your page or post. Select ‘Add link’
http://www.teachertube.com/video/waterfall-390433

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‘Downloading’ your Site (for back up and/or export)

While UBC blogs keeps a backup of your site, I think it’s always a good idea to keep my own backup copy. For info on how to export your site (or just certain pages or posts in your site) and even how to import that site onto another wordpress server, please see this link:

http://blogs.ubc.ca/portfolio/starting/backing-up-your-work/

or download this step by step handout I created:
Exporting and Importing WordPress Files(1)

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