WordPress for Building and Sharing Blogs and ePortfolios
WordPress.com, an online, cloud based, open source Content Management System (CMS). WordPress is sustainable. It was released in 2003 and is supported by web development corporation Automattic as well as a world-wide open source development community. WordPress provides an environment where teachers and learners can write and share blog posts and and publish their digital artifacts.
Ease of Use
WordPress is available as an online, cloud based service edited using a web browser. It is also natively supported with OS apps for iOS, Android and others. WordPress offers a quick setup, provides built in tools for content creation and sharing, provides a customizable environment and offers a Twitter feed and Social Media sharing. WordPress offers an Export tool for backing up text in blogs and comments as XML data, but lacks the ability to export other media. WordPress offers a premium service to copy all content to another site.
WordPress.com is offered for free with Personal and Premium plan upgrades available for a monthly fee. Premium tools, such as themes and plugins, are available with a paid plan.
WordPress for Teaching
Teachers can use WordPress to blog, share digital content with learners.
WordPress for Learning
WordPress can be used students for blogging their reflections on course work and discussions, as well as an building ePortfolio for sharing and organizing the digital artifacts they have created in their courses.
Blog posts can be shared through Social Media, such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. WordPress allows for peer review through the use of comments on blog posts (this can be restricted to registered users and comment moderation). WordPress also overs polls, feedback, ‘likes’ from the public or registered followers. Learners can search and follow each other’s sites through the WordPress admin panel.
WordPress allows for collaborative authoring of blog posts and pages by allowing for the management of a team of users.
Site owners can share their blog posts and digital artifacts and invite peers and their instructor to comment and provide feedback. Alternatively, while working in groups, peers can co-author blog posts and share their digital artifacts on the same site.
Learners can share blog posts and digital artifacts to Social Media, including Twitter and LinkedIn. A Twitter feed can be added to a learner’s site using a widget. In turn, site visitors can comment, rate and provide feedback on blog posts and share them to Social Media.
Security and Privacy
WordPress sites can either be made public or private, accessible only to approved users. Site users can be restricted to Team members in the following roles: follower, contributor, author, editor, administrator. Comments on blog posts can open to the public or restricted to registered users and comments can be moderated by the site owner.