Moving from a paper-filled to paperless environment in education is extremely difficult. So much of what we do revolves around distribution of paper as a means of communication and relaying information. Making copies of every document for every student in a class year after year adds up. With dwindling resources and finances for public education cost-saving at every level must be looked at. Moving to an online environment for communication and distribution of content is one way to reduce paper costs and free up funds for other school needs.
Aside from the potential cost-saving blogging provides an opportunity for teachers to post multimedia, student assignments, parent information, enrichment information instantly. This is not meant to take the place of classroom instruction or traditional communication tools but rather meant to complement what is already happening in the classroom. Here is a beginner’s guide to WordPress courtesy of http://www.siteground.com/tutorials/wordpress/wordpress_start.htm
How to start a WordPress blog?
Go to http://www.wordpress.com to sign-up for a WordPress account. This is where you will choose a domain name for your blog so give this some thought before you take this first step.
Once you have your WordPress blog installed, you need to log in to the WordPress administration area from where you can write posts and articles, manage comments, change your theme, etc. To log in the WP admin panel, navigate to the WP login page or directly type the URL in your browser:
Writing posts and pages is the core activity in WP. You can start your editorial experience by clicking the Add New button located in the Posts menu:
You can proceed with entering the desired content. Once you are ready, the new post can be published just by clicking thePublish button.
Creating individual pages in WordPress is quite similar to writing a post. You should simply click Add New in the Pages menu.
When you are ready with your new page, click Publish to save it.