I have added three additional pages to this website mainly for the benefit of students in the EDUC 316, Math Methods for Elementary Classrooms, course. One page contains links to many SmartBoard files (Notebook Software) that I have created. Another page contains links to many Powerpoint files that I have created for use in the same class. The final page contains links to my favorite Math sites. By providing this information on WordPress, students in the EDUC 316 site will have access to these files once the class is over. As it is now, they have access to these files through the course Moodle page, but this access will soon expire.
The SmartBoard and Powerpoint Pages contain files that actually cannot be uploaded to the BC WordPress server since only .pdf files are allowed on it. In order to be able to provide these files through my WordPress site, what I actually did was to upload the files to my Google Drive (aka Google Docs) then shared them to the web. I copied and pasted the link to each shared file from Google Drive and pasted it into WordPress. It works!
Check your e-mail for your login to the Bridgewater College WordPress site. Remember that your URL will be http://wp.bridgewater.edu/(your login)
In EDUC 370 you create a Moodle page and you create a WordPress website. Both are web-based but there are some differences; this post will describe some of those differences. As you probably know, your Moodle page is only visible to those whom you enroll in your class. No one else can see the information you put there. Your WordPress site is visible to anyone to whom you give the address, namely http://wp.bridgewater.edu/yourlogin But another difference is sustainability. At this point, it is unknown how long your WordPress site will be available but there are no immediate plans to take it down at the end of the semester. However, your Moodle page WILL be removed and that’s why it is important that you learn how to make a backup of it at the end of the semester. By having a backup of your Moodle course, you can later upload this to the Moodle server in any school system which uses Moodle.
Many school systems also will have a WordPress server for you to use. But even if yours doesn’t, you can always create a free account at http://wordpress.org
Hopefully, even if you lose the information on these two sites you have learned how easy it is to create both and will have the opportunity to do this in your future employement. Both are great tools for teachers.
Did you know that you can frequently get your WordPress questions answered by clicking on the Help button in the upper right hand corner of the screen? This link not only displays some quick information about the current screen you’ve viewing but has links to other documentation and support forums that can answer your questions for you.