Examples for Project 1

This is the post for the September 8, 2014 class meeting.

Today you will have most of the class session to work on your WordPress site for Project 1. My goal is to move around the classroom and visit with each one of you to see where you are in the project and answer any questions that I can. If we run out of time before I visit with everyone, we will continue on Friday.

Assessment Criteria for Project 1

I use a system that allows you to aim for the grade that you want on each project, based on the work that you do, the risks that you take, and the effort that you put in. Risks primarily come into play with Project 3. The Web Portal Assessment Guidelines explain the expectations for each work level.

When you write your reflection memo about the work you did on the project, you will tell me what grade you have aimed for and how you went about fulfilling the criteria for that grade. You need to work consciously toward the grade you want, and you must be able to explain how you reached your goal.

Writing Content for Your About Page

The About Page It's all about me. Deal with it.tells someone about you, the author of the site, and why you made the site. At its most basic, it identifies you as the author and says you made the site for the course. It’s similar to the author bio that you’d find on the back cover of a book. Do protect your own privacy and only divulge information that you are comfortable with the entire class reading. If you are in the witness protection program, realize that you do not have to include a photo of yourself or use your real name.

Here are some random examples that show the kind of information you might include:

  • About Traci (the about page for my teacherly website)
  • About, from Tengrrl Cooks (the about page for a blog where I occasionally post recipes)
  • About The Hudson Team (this page covers an entire team, where yours only needs to describe you, but it has example bios)
  • HOLLY CROMER (I’m not in love with the layout of the about info, but the page is a nice, brief bio)
  • ABOUT ERIN ANDERSON, THE SLEEPYTIME TEACHER (this one is longer than yours needs to be, but full of information)

I also also have some how-to links that might help you:

Writing Content for Your Site Info Page

The Site Information Page tells someone about how you made your website. The information is the same kind of details that you would find on a colophon in a book. You would explain about the theme that you used and who made it, the plugins you are using, and the image that show up on every (or most) of the pages on your site. Here are some random examples that show the kind of information you might include:


Be ready to share the draft of your Web Portal in class during the next session. You will post the link to your site in the forums along with details on what you want your readers to tell you about what they see on the site.

I will provide some guiding questions for you to use as you respond to one another, but come to class prepared to ask for help or specific feedback as well. For instance, you might want to know whether your background image seems too busy, or you might ask for suggestions on how to add more details to your About page.

Remember to also add a blog post for today that talks about “What you did” and “Why you did it.” These blog posts will help you when you write your Reflection memo next week.