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How to Insert a Picture into your Blog Post

March 8, 2010

First get the picture.

You have to find the picture on its own webpage. So if you use Google Image Search, you need to click on the little picture that Google shows you, and let it open a new web page where the picture is. Then click on the link next to the picture at the top of the page that says “See full size image.”

Next, right click on the picture and choose “Save Image As,” and save the picture to a place where you can find it again, like your “H” drive or your desktop.

Now you have the picture. Create a new blog post and when you are ready to insert your picture (it’s going to insert right where you have the cursor).

Next choose the “Add an Image” button next to the words “Upload/Insert.”

You’ll get a dialogue box like the one below. Click the “Select Files” button, and select your picture in the box that pops up.

WordPress will use a progress bar to show you that the picture is uploading. When it’s done, click on the “Insert into Post” button at the bottom (not Save All Changes).

That’s it!

The dialogue box will close and you can continue with your post. Don’t forget to use the “Preview” button if you want to see what your post will look like when you publish.

For today’s assignment, create a blog post about an animal, write a two sentence description of the animal, and insert 3 pictures.

Due by the end of class today, Tuesday, March 9th.


Inauguration Day

January 20, 2009

You should enjoy this historic day, so watch the events on the big screen.

Current Events

January 14, 2009

Read about the Obama administration and their plan for our country at

Parts of Your Blog Window

October 21, 2008

Let’s find out what the different parts of this blog post entry page are. First, do yourself a favor and open another Firefox window, and use the resize controls (the top right buttons on the Firefox window, and the corners and edges) to open two Firefox windows one above the other or side by side. You should be able to see both this blog post from me, and then in the other window, open the page for a New Blog Post.

Start at the upper left of the page, and explain what the parts of this page are. Three words is NOT enough. You should have two complete sentences for each item.


  1. “My Account,” “My Dashboards,” “New Post”
  2. Next to the title, the button “Visit Site”
  3. Under the title the Tabs “Write,” “Manage,” “Design,” “Comments” and “Upgrades”
  4. With the “Write” tab selected, what is the difference between “Post,” “Page” and “Link?”
  5. Below that, it says “Title.” What title does it mean? The page? The post? Your blog?
  6. Hey, what’s a blog anyway?
  7. Why do you think that it calls that next line of text “Permalink?” Do they mean permanent link? Why would you need this? Does it show up before you give your post a title?
  8. Do you think that you could get a quiz over this stuff? (Y/N)
  9. Under that, there is a line that says “Post” and then to the right it says “Add media:” and has some odd little icons. What is that about?
  10. Then, to the right of those icons for “Add Media” are two other tabs. What are they? Why do you want a tab that says Visual and HTML? What would you do with them?
  11. If you click on the HTML tab (which you CAN do without losing what you’re writing), you get some different buttons with odd letters and symbols on them. What’s that about?
  12. If you go back to the Visual tab, you get a bunch of buttons that look like the buttons in a word processing application like Microsoft Word. What are those buttons for? Tell me about every single one – I count 28 of them. Is there a way to find out what those buttons are without click on them or looking each one up? Yup. Just point your cursor (the little arrow that your mouse moves), and leave the cursor over the button for a second or two. It should have a little tag pop up that gives you the name of that button. Get that name, but ALSO, tell me what it does.
  13. In that same set of buttons, tell me why some are “greyed out” so that you can’t use them.
  14. Next, you have the window that you type your blog post in. And below or near that is a little gray tab on the left side and next to that it says “Tags” and has a field below it where you can type. What is that for?
  15. What’s a tag? (You might have to look this up. Try opening a new tab, then in the little field next to the address bar, which is the Google search bar, type exactly what is here between the arrows >define: tags<, then hit enter (If you put the arrows in, you won’t get the definition, so just type the letters and that little colon thingy). When you get the definitions, look for the line that starts “Tags enable you to associate.” What do they mean by that?
  16. Then below that, it has a section that says “Categories.” What do you think that you use categories for? Do I use categories in my posts? If your answer is yes, you’re correct. What category should this post be in? What category should the post “ThinkB4YouSpeak” be in? Am I missing categories on any of my posts? Do any of the categories tell you whether you need to complete something or not?
  17. Then below that are a bunch of other tabs or sections that say things like “Excerpt” and “Trackback.” Should we skip those? If you want to, you can tell me about those too, but you don’t have to.
  18. The other parts we are going to look at are on the right side of the page. Tell me what these buttons do: Preview, Publish and Save.

This assignment is due at the end of class tomorrow, Wednesday, October 22nd. If you are selected from the class, and all of your answers are complete, you will get to skip the quiz. I will choose students from the roster. If you ask me to check yours, you won’t get a pass on the quiz. You should have more than just 18 answers.

Preview of our next activity: Find out what an “outline” is and how to use it when you write a paper. You don’t need to do this, and it shouldn’t be a part of this post. It’s just a preview of the next lesson.


October 9, 2008

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens experience homophobic remarks and harassment throughout the school day, creating an atmosphere where they feel disrespected, unwanted and unsafe. Homophobic remarks such as “that’s so gay” are the most commonly heard; these slurs are often unintentional and a common part of teens’ vernacular. Most do not recognize the consequences, but the casual use of this language often carries over into more overt harassment.

Racism, sexism, homophobia, violence, threats and intimidation have no place in this classroom.

Your Property

October 3, 2008

If our property can be infinitely reproduced and instantaneously distributed all over the planet without cost, without our knowledge, without its ever leaving our posession, how can we protect it? How are we going to get paid for the work we do with our minds? And, if we can’t get paid, what will assure the continued creation and distribution of such work?

– John Perry Barlow of the Grateful Dead and the cofounder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Innovative Art

September 9, 2008

Thinking in new ways to make art compelling. link


September 9, 2008

Anyone can make a little change big.


What could you do?

About Email

September 4, 2008

When people first started sending email about 20 years ago, it was a very simple, short, casual form of communication. People still wrote letters, and they used letters to communicate something important or formal. Today, email is very, very different. People use email to communicate with very important people, about very important events, or for very important reasons. People also use email to say “yes,” or “thank you.”

What You Should Do, and Why

Be clear. Don’t assume that the recipient knows what you are talking about. You should always have a subject. You should keep the subject the same when you reply to a message or forward a message to somebody else.

Be appropriate. Don’t send something by email that you don’t want to the world to know. If someone other than the intended recipient gets your email, and it ends up on CNN or in the Austin American-Statesman, would you be embarassed? If you put your personal, private thoughts in writing, those words can be used against you in many ways.

Be brief. Most people are NOT going to read a long email, especially adults who are working. If you have a lot to tell someone, give them a call.

Be nice, but leave out the unnecessary pleasantries like “Hi,” “Hello,” or the recipients name. You are sending them an email which is addressed to them. They know it is for them. You don’t need to start an email with their name (“Joe,” or “Dear Joe”). You should never send an email with just “Thank you,” or “OK” unless that communication is necessary. If you want to be “nice” send them some flowers.

Sign your email. Sometimes your email address isn’t enough of a clue who is sending the email. Your nickname or ID for your email may not even have your name in it, in which case someone who is getting an email from you for the first time may not know who it is from. If it is the first time you have sent someone an email, and they might think it is SPAM (unwanted advertising), you might even want to put your name in the subject (for example, Subject: From John Roberts: Invitation to Awards Dinner). Most email systems allow you to automatically sign your email, often called an “Auto-Signature.” This is a great way to be sure that the recipient has your name, email and even your phone if that is relevant. Why would you include your email address in your signature? Because if your email is forwarded to someone else, your email address may not show up in the message that gets forwarded. In Yahoo mail, you go to settings, then signature. In Gmail, you go to settings, and Signature is on the General Tab.

What You Should NOT Do, and Why

Don’t send your own SPAM. Invitations from MySpace or other social networking sites, sent to your entire address book ARE SPAM!!! Everyone in your address book does NOT want to be invited, and many people don’t want email from you which serves as free advertising for a social networking site.

Don’t send an email without a subject or with gibberish as a subject. Many email systems, including Gmail and Yahoo will send your email to the SPAM folder if the system does not recognize your email address from its history. Don’t just hit random keys on your keyboard (asdfg) – your email will end up in the spam folder, and the recipient won’t even see it.

Never, ever, ever, ever use big fonts and big colored characters in your email. It is distracting and difficult to read. Reading an email with text that is so big that there are only two or three words on each line is annoying and a waste of time. An important thing that you need to know is from the history of email… When people first sending email, you could only send plain text. No colors, bold, or other emphasis was available, just letters. So, think about it, if you need to emphasize something with no bold or colors, you use capital letters. CAPITAL LETTERS ARE SEEN AS YELLING! You don’t want to yell at the recipient, so don’t use big letters or UPPER CASE letters. Have you ever been watching TV and an ad comes on and the volume is way louder than the other ads and your show? It’s the same thing. Don’t use upper case letters unless it is really, really important.

And, perhaps the most important guideline about email is: Don’t send an email when you are mad. Your emotional reaction to someone’s email will almost always sound angrier or more hurtful if you type a quick response and send it immediately. Stop, ask yourself if you really want to start an email fight with the sender. And then, even if you want to reply, write your response, then wait overnight and send it the next day.


Do: Be clear (subject), be appropriate, be brief, be nice, and sign your email.

Don’t: Send SPAM, skip the subject, use big colored letters or CAPS, or send an email when you’re mad.