How to embed slideshows on a WordPress Blog

A few teachers have asked me how to get dynamic photo slideshows on their blog. So I thought I would share a couple of options. Right now, most of you know how to insert photos directly into your blog post. However, if you have more than a couple of photos, this gets a bit clunky. Here’s a sample slide show of what you can post in your blog:
1. One option (as seen above) is to upload your photos to Picassa (owned by Google) and as long as you are signed into your Google Docs account, you can easily do this. Make sure you don’t use the Picassa desktop version to do this though! Personally, I am not a big fan, this application is awkward and automatically goes through every single image on your machine and tries to upload them! Instead, go to your Google docs/mail and look at the top menu. Go over until you see the “more” menu and click on the little arrow. Scroll down until you see photo and click on this (see screenshot)


2. Once you do this, you will be directed towards Picassa’s online photo site. Click upload and name your album. Now drag and drop your photos from iPhoto or find them on your computer.

3. Next, you need to change the privacy settings otherwise, no one will be able to see your wonderful slideshow. You can choose which one, but I like to choose, “limited-anyone with the link”

4. Finally, you need to get the slideshow embed code to paste in your blog. This is a simple copy and paste. 

5, Last but not least, go to a new blog post and click on the HTML button. Now paste that code you just copied above. Now publish your post and it should appear!


How to create an ebook on an iPad

We have had great success with ebook creation on an iPad. It is fast and simple to use and suitable for all ages. There were even  several MS/HS students who created eBooks using solely the iPad for all content creation. At our school, we’ve had Grade 1 students teach other students how to publish using this app. We’ve recently started a school-wide project called Write Now 1000 to be the first school to publish 1000 ebooks across all divisions and have had quite a few early adopters embrace this goal. So far we’ve published over 100 books (and counting). Another big reason for this project is to begin to collaborate with local indonesian partner schools to begin to empower many disadvantaged youth to be able to be authors as well.

Reasons for using iPad for eBook Creation

  • When you are introducing the idea of eBook creating
  • When beginning with  younger students
  • When you are creating picture books with more multimedia

Resources needed:

7 Easy steps to Follow to Creating an eBook:

1. Begin by introducing the idea of an ebook to your students. You might want to have them browse some ebooks that have been published by other students so that they have some examples and ideas


2. Have a storyboard or plan for the book with work that has already gone through the writing process. Have students think about key content they would like to share and consider including title page, table of contents, About the Author, glossary, references

3. Introduce the app Book Creator. This is quite simple and easy to figure out. It is important for students to be able to play and explore the app before actually beginning the book. Give them challenges such as seeing if they can figure out how to change the font size, colour, add photos, voice and video.


4. Begin publishing the book. Ensure that the book is proofread by a teacher or peer afterwards. Leave spaces for photos along the way.

5. Begin adding media content to the book. It is helpful to do this after the content is in the book otherwise too much time is spent with the design component. To do this, you will need to get photos on each iPad. This can be done by doing a bulk sync (slow and tedious) or using the PhotoTransfer app (paid version allows multiple photos to be transferred at a time). Voice can also be added at this stage.

6. Students do have the option of creating their own artwork using Doodle Buddy or Zoodle. You will need to save the artwork as images to the photo roll so that they can be inserted into Book Creator.

7. Do a final check and then publish. Using this app, you can either share to iBooks to be enjoyed or saved to Dropbox to be transferred to other devices.