WordPress for Education

WordPress for Education
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Table of Contents
Sample Chapters
  • Develop effective e-learning websites that will engage your students
  • Extend the potential of a classroom website with WordPress plugins
  • Create an interactive social network and course management system to enhance student and instructor communication

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 144 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : June 2012
ISBN : 1849518203
ISBN 13 : 9781849518208
Author(s) : Adam D. Scott
Topics and Technologies : All Books, CMS and eCommerce, e-Learning, Open Source, WordPress

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Installing and Configuring WordPress
Chapter 2: Setting Up Our Class Site
Chapter 3: Enhancing WordPress with Plugins
Chapter 4: Enabling a Multisite Network
Chapter 5: Creating a Social Network with BuddyPress
Chapter 6: BuddyPress Courseware
Chapter 7: Site Management
Appendix: WordPress Resources and Plugins
  • Chapter 1: Installing and Configuring WordPress
    • Installing WordPress
      • Purchased hosting
      • Installing WordPress with purchased hosting
        • Finishing the installation
      • Manually installing WordPress
    • WordPress overview
      • Creating posts and pages
        • Writing a new post
        • Creating a page
      • Settings
        • General Settings
        • Writing Settings
        • Reading Settings
        • Discussion Settings
        • Media Settings
        • Privacy Settings
        • Permalinks
    • Summary
    • Chapter 2: Setting Up Our Class Site
      • Basics of post and page editing
        • Previewing and publishing options
      • Pages
        • Creating a home page
          • Making the Home page static
        • Syllabus page
        • Deleting the sample page
      • Posts
        • Adding a video to a post
          • Categories and tags
        • Editing an existing post and adding an image
          • Adding an image
        • Editing post categories
      • Themes
      • Widgets
      • Menus
      • Summary
      • Chapter 3: Enhancing WordPress with Plugins
        • Finding and installing plugins
        • Managing plugins
        • Plugins
          • Preinstalled WordPress plugins
            • Hello Dolly
            • Akismet
          • Education plugins
            • ScholarPress Courseware
            • WP Survey and Quiz Tool
            • Grader
          • Conversation and communication plugins
            • Contact Form 7
            • Semi-Private Comments
            • IntenseDebate Comments
            • Disqus
            • bbPress
          • Social plugins
            • WP to Twitter
            • Simple Facebook Connect
          • Other Plugins
            • Jetpack
            • Calendar
            • WordPress Mobile Pack
            • Add Multiple Users for WordPress
            • Anthologize
        • Updating plugins
        • Uninstalling plugins
        • Summary
        • Chapter 4: Enabling a Multisite Network
          • Before installing
          • Creating the network
          • Exploring the Network Admin area
          • Creating a new site
          • Installing themes and plugins
            • Network enabled themes
            • Network enabled plugins
          • Network administrator plugins
            • New Blog Templates
            • Multisite Plugin Manager
            • ThreeWP Activity Monitor
          • Network content
            • Displaying a list of network sites
            • Displaying network posts
          • Summary
          • Chapter 5: Creating a Social Network with BuddyPress
            • WordPress, Multisite, and BuddyPress
            • Installing BuddyPress
              • Components
              • Pages
              • Permalinks
              • Theme
              • Finish
            • Registering student accounts
              • Individually registering students
              • Enabling student self-registration
            • Activity
            • Friend connections
            • Groups
            • Forums
              • Group forums
              • Sitewide forums
            • Protecting student privacy
            • Summary
            • Chapter 6: BuddyPress Courseware
              • Installing and configuring BP Courseware
                • BuddyPress Courseware settings
                  • Global settings
                  • Collaboration settings
                  • Make assignment responses private
                  • Gradebook default grade format
                  • Webservices API integration
                  • Customization
                • Renaming the groups page
                  • Setting Courses as the site home page
              • Creating a course
                • Enabling BP Courseware
                • Courseware dashboard
              • Adding course content
                • Lectures
                • Assignments
                  • Posting assignments as a teacher
                  • Submitting assignments as a student
                  • Viewing student responses
                  • Gradebook
                • Bibliography
                • Schedule and calendar
              • Teacher and student roles
              • Help and support
              • Summary
              • Chapter 7: Site Management
                • Site backups
                • Site performance
                  • WP Super Cache
                  • Better WP Minify
                • Site security
                  • Secure WordPress
                  • WP Security Scan
                • Updating WordPress
                • Summary

                  Adam D. Scott

                  Adam D. Scott is an educator, designer, digital book developer, husband, and father living in Connecticut. He has been a classroom teacher for six years, where he focuses on web technologies with project based outcomes. Adam writes about the intersection of design, technology, and learning on his personal site, www.adamdscott.com.

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                  What you will learn from this book

                  • Install and configure WordPress
                  • Set up a standard course website with WordPress
                  • Install and manage a variety of useful education plugins
                  • Create a network of student blogs or portfolios
                  • Install a classroom social network with BuddyPress
                  • Use Open Courseware to turn WordPress into a learning management system
                  • Maintain, backup, and secure a WordPress installation

                  In Detail

                  WordPress is typically known as a platform for blogging. However, the versatility and simplicity of WordPress makes it the perfect solution for the needs of professional educators. WordPress for Education guides readers through the practical applications of WordPress in a classroom setting. Readers will gain an understanding of the WordPress platform and how it can be used to create powerful classroom websites.

                  WordPress for Education guides educators through the process of setting up a typical class website, creating student blogs, and using WordPress to power a learning management system. WordPress for Education provides clear and practical examples for using WordPress within the classroom. It will empower educators to create useful and engaging e-learning websites.

                  Through the examples given in the book, you will gain an understanding of how to use WordPress to build an engaging and easy to update e-learning website. You will also learn about a variety of WordPress plugins that extend its abilities and usefulness in an educational environment, such as creating student blogs, keeping track of classroom events, managing coursework, and developing a classroom social network.


                  WordPress for Education is full of screenshots, practical examples, step-by-step instructions, and best practices for using WordPress in an educational setting.

                  Who this book is for

                  WordPress for Education is written for educators and education personnel interested in implementing WordPress in a classroom setting. You are not required to have previous experience of WordPress or any other content management system.

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