‘academia’ Videos

  • Todd O'Neill: Web Publishing with WordPress Across the Curriculum

    Todd O’Neill: Web Publishing with WordPress Across the Curriculum

    WordCamp Nashville 2016Speaker: Todd O'Neill

    March 18, 2017 — The web created the first universal publishing platform but schools, of all levels, are still having students submit paper or “electronic documents” for grading and review. Academic work lives in private, closed systems, never exposing students to the opportunity of external feedback.

    This session will propose a different approach. We require incoming college freshmen to become publishers during their first few weeks in school. They create websites and use that publishing platform to post personal reflections, current event updates … and all of their assignments. The website becomes a repository for what will be a portfolio of assignments by the time a student graduates.

    Our approach could work for any discipline, but it will take a change of mindset and the acquisition of new skills and infrastructure. It’s time to change the culture of education by creating college graduates that are media literate, proficient web publishers and good digital citizens.

  • Diana Day: Teaching Teens WordPress

    Diana Day: Teaching Teens WordPress

    WordCamp Lancaster 2017Speaker: Diana Day

    March 16, 2017 — So-called digital natives might pick up tech skills easily, but that doesn’t mean they intuit everything tech-related – there is plenty to teach and learn, especially when it comes to a robust storytelling tool like WordPress. Teaching high school students how to properly design, set up, and launch a WordPress blog and how to tell their stories powerfully to a target audience, with good writing and high-quality multimedia, gives them a mighty perch from which to sing. I’ll explain the step-by-step process I’ve used to teach teens to become WordPress bloggers.

  • Cameron Barrett: WordPress for Schools

    Cameron Barrett: WordPress for Schools

    WordCamp US 2016Speaker: Cameron Barrett

    December 11, 2016 — Learn how Newark Public Schools (NJ’s largest school district 40,000 students; 70 schools) cut their annual web site technology budget in half by migrating to WordPress from a closed-source, proprietary, expensive, vendor-controlled SaaS CMS.

    Hear stories from the trenches about budget battles, angry/clueless technology vendors and frustrated administrators from one guy with a vision to disrupt the market and bring better web site technology to our public schools using a WordPress-Powered SaaS called SchoolPress.

    Case studies will be presented for three districts (2 in NJ, 1 in TX) that migrated to WordPress.

  • Jonathan Perlman: The Dawson Way of Doing Things - A Study of Our Path Using WordPress

    Jonathan Perlman: The Dawson Way of Doing Things – A Study of Our Path Using WordPress

    WordCamp Montreal 2016Speaker: Jonathan Perlman

    December 8, 2016 — Dawson College with 10,000+ students and 1,000+ faculty and staff has adopted WordPress as our primary web publishing platform. We’ve mostly had success, but we’ve also had our share of failures and growing pains. In this case study, I’m going to talk about how we started out with WordPress in 2010, migrated our main website a few years later to a multi-site install and how it all evolved to what we have today. Since then, we’ve adopted the “lean and mean” mantra to building sites, while making them easy to update. This case study will showcase the front and back-ends of our higher profile sites to show how we achieved our goals. We’ll also explain how we manage expectations, do our development, choose plugins and tools, and which themes we’ve come to rely on.

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  • Rose Volynskiy: The Symbolic Relationship Between HigherEd and WordPress

    Rose Volynskiy: The Symbolic Relationship Between HigherEd and WordPress

    WordCamp Baltimore 2016Speaker: Rose Volynskiy

    November 20, 2016 — In her talk, Rose will discuss the impact of open source technology, content management systems, the dynamic nature of WordPress and how her students impressions of WordPress change over time.

    In addition to her educational efforts, Rose spends her free time volunteering with dog rescue organizations and spending time with her family.

  • Cameron Barrett: WordPress for Schools

    Cameron Barrett: WordPress for Schools

    WordCamp Raleigh 2016Speaker: Cameron Barrett

    November 11, 2016 — Learn how Newark Public Schools (NJ’s largest school district – 40,000 students; 70 schools) cut their annual web site technology budget in half by migrating to WordPress from a closed-source, proprietary, expensive, vendor-controlled SaaS CMS. Hear stories from the trenches about budget battles, angry/clueless technology vendors and frustrated administrators from one guy with a vision to disrupt the market and bring better web site technology to our public schools using a WordPress-Powered SaaS called SchoolPress. Case studies will be presented for three districts (2 in NJ, 1 in TX) that migrated to WordPress.

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  • Dougal Campbell: Get Off My Lawn and Out of My Dashboard!

    Dougal Campbell: Get Off My Lawn and Out of My Dashboard!

    WordCamp Raleigh 2016Speaker: Dougal Campbell

    November 7, 2016 — My wife recently launched a new WordPress Multisite network for the Cherokee County School District in Georgia, which encompasses 40+ schools and serves more than 41,000 K-12 students. For some of the deeper coding, she enlisted my aid to help bend WordPress Multisite to her will.

    From adding custom BootStrap CSS column classes to nav menu items, to automagically including a custom stylesheet for each school site, to denying content editor access to specific parts of the dashboard, these and several other code snippets will be covered.

    Featured code snippet: the “redirect_naughty_children()” function. Get out of my Dashboard, you darn kids!

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  • Susan Campbell: Teachers Make the Worst Students!

    Susan Campbell: Teachers Make the Worst Students!

    WordCamp Raleigh 2016Speaker: Susan Campbell

    November 6, 2016 — Just like doctors make the worst patients, teachers make the worst students when it comes to running WordPress Multisite in a K-12 environment. This talk covers the trials and tribulations of implementing a scalable WP Multisite network on Windows servers (yes, Windows – running on a WIMP stack), and the hardest part of all – managing the content managers!

  • Felipe Garcia and Joan Wee: Using Blogs in Classrooms: an NTU Case Study

    Felipe Garcia and Joan Wee: Using Blogs in Classrooms: an NTU Case Study

    WordCamp Singapore 2016Speakers: Felipe Garcia, Joan Wee

    October 6, 2016 — This session shares the use of WordPress to support a undergraduate class in chemistry and how the online activities were carefully planned to compliment the face-to-face time with the Professor and classmates.

  • Arkadiusz Stęplowski: Najdłuższe wdrożenie świata

    Arkadiusz Stęplowski: Najdłuższe wdrożenie świata

    WordCamp Gdynia 2016Speaker: Arkadiusz Stęplowski

    October 5, 2016 — Migracja ponad 4000 postów z Joomla 1.5 do WordpPress 4.0 i kolejnych (w miarę upływu czasu) w jednej z największych Bibliotek Publicznych w kraju. Przedstawienie problemów technicznych i organizacyjnych w kontekście niedofinansowanej jednostki budżetowej.

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