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Recently I wanted my geography students to complete a research report on two aspects of the fishing industry. Aside from the research process I also wanted students to gain some skills in presenting their findings using a web site so aimed to use Weebly. However, Weebly was being rather un co operative and proved too difficult to use so I looked for an alternative – wordpress was my choice. The instructions I gave the students were as follows:

WordPress – using wordpress to present our case study on an aspect of the fishing industry.

is the address of the platform.

gives a good example of what the finished product might look like.

Some instructions for use.

Click on the ‘get started here’ – fill in all the details remembering, but at the end DON’T upgrade, select ‘create blog’.

Once your blog has been created for you here are instructions for the features you will need to use.

The Dashboard is the control panel and you select these following option from here. The ones with # you MUST do as instructed.

Settings # – privacy – choose last option ‘I would like my site to be private, visible only to users I choose’.

Users # – invite new – put my email address here – and my role as a follower. (these settings mean only I can see your site unless you specifically invite others to it. If later you want to keep using this blog you can change the settings)

Users# – my profile (this information is public so be careful) – make sure I can identify the site as yours

Appearance – themes (here you select the way the blog will look, there is lots of choice but you cannot use anything that says it is ‘premium’)

Posts – make a new blog entry – for each subheading you might use in a report create a new blog post – use the title of the post as your subheading

Pages – you will need 2 pages. The home page will be created automatically for you and here is where you will put your information – use the title of the blog entry as a subheading. Create a new page and call it Bibliography – put the details of resources used here – this second page does not have as many features as the home page will, you cannot put separate entries here.

You can add pictures and embed video clips from which apparently students can now access.

How – right click on the video, copy the embed htm

Go to the blog post (in the dashboard view) – select the html option from the toolbar – paste, save the draft, preview, publish when finished the post. You can come back and edit any posts at any time.


The students were able to create their blogs without too many issues and are currently completing their research. One thing does not seem to be working and that is the ‘invite me to be a follower’ – despite the students following this process I have yet to receive any invitations so we will have to see……my backup plan is that the students will change their settings to public for the time it takes me to assess their blogs and they will give me the address of their blog. These settings can be changed back later. However, as no personal information is shared (as long as they follow the instructions when creating their profile) there should be no issue with the blogs being public anyway.

Free Everyday Life Tutorials at

Here users can attempt everyday challenges (such as using an ATM; checking a shopping reciept etc) online as a way of learning (and teaching) functional literacy skills. Very useful for those teachers with literacy classes or students who need to see why they need maths or english skills to help them in the ‘real world’. Many of the tutorials have spoken instructions, printable pages and engaging graphics. The home site is also worth an investigation.

BBC – GCSE Bitesize – Homepage.

This web page is designed to help UK students study and revise for their GCSE so not all subjects will be relevant to the Australian Curriculum. The videos also are not available for us to view. Despite this the notes, diagrams and mini tests still have a lot to offer to teachers and students. I found the notes on river systems very comprehensive, easy to comprehend and supported by excellent diagrams and flash animations.

A fun little ‘game show’ type spinner that gives random choices for the beginning of questions. For example – When/could…Who/would…What/did.

How would you use it in class? The short video at the site is actually very good at showing you an example of how to use it in a research task, but it would make a great way to ask questions about a novel or a topic you might have just studied.


Posted: January 19, 2012 in Economics/managing finances, Web 2.0 tool

This site looks like it was created to support an American Exhibit, aimed at children, to do with economics and financial management. But there is some fun stuff to be had here – both the activities on offer are really easy to work and I think they would lead to lots of ‘teachable’ moments if you had a junior class and wanted to introduce money management and business to them. The Get Real was quite tricky to ‘win’ but I think that is the point! Here you take on a character’s life and goals and aim to achieve those goals in 12 months. Of course the game throws lots of temptation your way as well as some nasty bills. (my character seemed to be rather clumsy in a very expensive manner…) Lemonade Stand introduces the idea of profit and loss and the factors that might influence these. I also followed the links at the top to check out ‘Resources’ and the ‘family activity ideas’ would provide teachers with some useful notes too. There are also links here to other resources on this topic.