During the inaugural session of Digital Whitman at City Tech, one student (sorry, I’m afraid I don’t know names yet) inquired about the difference between saving a draft and publishing a blog post. He noted that when he published a post to his own blog it was automatically pulled through to the main course blog (because he had tagged it properly, which is super-important here), even though it was empty. This experience prompted him to ask about alternative to publishing in-progress blog posts, so that one’s unfinished work did not prematurely enter the public square, so to speak. Indeed, there is a very useful draft function which this WordPress.tv tutorial introduces. Check out the video, and consider the “save draft” button for those times when you just aren’t quite ready to put it out there. Saving is very important in WordPress — take it from someone who has lost her share of nearly finished posts! — so save early and save often!
This video explains how you can customize your WordPress dashboard and become a more efficient blogger!
One of the remarkable and unique aspects of the Looking for Whitman project lies in the way it harnesses familiar social networking tools in service of a richer learning experience through the BuddyPress plugin and navigation bar at the top of your screen. Check out this tutorial to learn more.
Writing and publishing a post is probably the first thing you’ll need to do once you create your own Looking for Whitman blog. If you’ve never used WordPress before, this is a must-see. Even if you’re familiar with WordPress, I’d recommend checking out this 2 minute refresher tutorial.
This is a great introduction to Google My Maps which I heartily recommend. A brilliant investment of less than three and a half minutes!