Reading Across Platforms

Reading Across Platforms is an outline of an assignment sequence designed for students in courses that require multimodal writing and reading. Since rhetorical situation determines the skills required for effective reading and writing, I contend students need to be taught how to read across platforms. Thorough knowledge of platform features enables responsive reading/writing. Along with teaching tool features, the activity helps students reflect on the choices they make when reading and writing in different platforms. The activity is less interested in championing one tool over another (i.e. audio over database), as it in fitting students with a range of skills they can use to respond to the requirements of the rhetorical situations in which they find themselves.
http://mckennarose.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/ReadingAcrossPlatforms-2.pdf

Twenty-Fourteen

“Twenty Fourteen”  was cited as an example of a successful website during Domain 101 introductory activities. Since Twenty Fourteen is also the current WP default theme, let’s install that theme and test its usability.

To begin to install or change a theme, go to your dashboard and hover over “Appearance” and the slide over to “Themes,” as shown below:

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Once in “Themes,” click on “Add New,” or if you know the title, use the search window:

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The “Add New” page gives you a choice among “Featured, Popular, and Latest” themes. If working through this process with students, you may want to talk about ways trends shape shape content and use. May also want to talk about the every changing nature of web writing and best practices for staying adaptive.

NOTE: all themes allow users to preview them before installation:

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To instal, click on “Install”

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When you view your new pages in the new theme, don’t panic. You’ll have to customize the new theme.

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For example, for the new theme to recognize the menus you’ve already configured, you’ll need to drag your cursor to “Appearance,” and then over to “Menus.” Scroll down and check the box next to “Top primary menu” and save changes.

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OR, you can configure the top menu from “Customize.” Drag cursor to “Appearance” and the over to “Customize.” Under “Navigation” you’ll find two drop down menus that will allow you to assign a “Top primary menu” and a “Secondary menu in the sidebar.”

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Once you’ve adjusted the menu’s to your specifications, you can add and organize pages; begin building your media library; and publishing blog posts.

Remember that no matter what theme you choose, administering menus, pages, posts, etc. will always remain the same in the WP dashboard. See the tutorial video for reassigning a post page to a static page, and check back for more in-depth WP and RH theme, app, and design tutorials.