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Group presentation and class discussion (articles)

  1. Downes, Stephen. “E-Learning 2.0.” eLearn Magazine, October 2005. PDF
  2. Kay, Allan. “Personal Dynamic Media,” New Media Reader, eds. Noah Wardrip Fruin and Nick Montfort. MIT Press: 2003. pdf
  3. Waters, Audrey. [Selection 1 from] Claim Your Domain And Own Your Online Presence. Solution Tree Press, 2016.pdf



Create a “blog” subdomain on your website through Reclaim Cpanel. Then use Reclaim Installatron to create an instance of Wordpress there which you can use to share thoughts about the class.

  • What has made an impression on you so far in this class? Write a two- or three-paragraph post reflecting on some aspects of class discussion, workshop activity, or reading.
  • Post to your blog.
  • Add your blog address to the spreadsheet where you shared your website address
  • Classmates - respond to each via comments.

Lab/Workshop Intermediate CSS 2

Your professional site should include several pages, using images, colors, and structure effectively. There will probably be links to external sites as well as to your related projects (such as your blog). You should control the visual effects and placement of items using one or more external CSS style sheets. Make choices about color, font, and spacing.

  1. Review Sherwood's CSS Overview
  2. Self-paced exploration of CSS via W3Schools
  3. Check Josh's page with Inspector for image fix; check Brad's page for working with divs.

Suggested Modules

See also:

Adding Google Fonts

You can always call a font-family that is on your computer. But maybe your user doesn't have that font. So if you need a special font you:

  1. Find the font via Google Fonts
  2. Add an additional style-sheet link on your index file pointing to that font's location at google
  3. Edit your style.css and use that font (ex. set your H1 to use the new font family).

See the code behind this page class index.html

Simple instructions

Google Font Finder

Divs and Classes

Some sites you visit will have sections styled distinctly, such as a navigation bar. You can mark any small or large section of your site as a division or <DIV ></DIV>. Then in the style sheet, you define a special style for that CLASS of div. Read more at W3schools. Warning: it's powerful but quickly becomes complex!



Podcasts are simply audio files (mp3) with voiced narration. Many are entertaining, exploratory, and informative. The aesthetic and production values of radio have some influence. But often, depending on audience, a more casual ethos is achieved in successful “do-it-yourself” productions. Audio quality is still important, as is some degree of editing, and content/structure planning. A podcast can be dowloaded from a website, syndicated through a blog, or sold through Itunes etc. Your podcast should be less than 10 minutes in length and must be recorded on a high quality recorder. The source recordings are in WAV format and the final is produced as mp3.

Podcast Workshop - Part 1 - Recording

  • We will begin with review of process and planning / recording
  • Podcast Workshop
    * Recording
    • Using the audio recorder;
    • record with your group.

    (We will continue with this tomorrow; and you should bring headphones!) 0


Sherwood Tech Tips

Wordpress blogs can be augmented with plugins that integrate:

  • calendar
  • social media (twitter, facebook, etc.)
  • photo gallery, etc.

Many web tools, including Wordpress and Dokuwiki have plugins which allow you to write in Markdown.

Using your own hard coded web pages allows you to aggregate from multiple sources (ex. has an embedded google calendar; this site includes embedded, editable google docs).

Bonus Reading

Does digital pedagogy have to be electronic: Digital Humanities Unplugged by Paul Fyfe

Logistics - Server App Web 2.0 Demos

  • No presentation today, but let's discuss the goals and format (groups of 3)
  • Signups for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday


  • Podcast work - finish script/plan interviews or other sound material. (Recording must be done by lunch Wednesday).
  • Continue working on your website.
  • Prepare to lead article discussion or deliver a Server App Demo, if you signed up!
  • Reading

Bring HEADPHONES to class tomorrow.


  1. Tour, Ekaterina. “Digital Mindests: Teachers' Technology Use in Personal Life and Teaching.” Language Learning & Technology.October 2015, Volume 19, Number 3 PDF
  2. Duffy, Peter and Bruns, Axel (2006) The Use of Blogs, Wikis and RSS in Education: A Conversation of Possibilities. In Proceedings Online Learning and Teaching Conference 2006, pages pp. 31-38, Brisbane PDF
  3. Nelson, Ted. Selections from Computer Lib. New Media Reader, eds. Noah Wardrip Fruin and Nick Montfort. MIT Press: 2003.pdf

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