For 15.11.19

  • Mastering Worpress (1)
  • Mastering HTML (1)
  • Stories of Learning (1)
  • Alternatively (when NOT MS Word)

Mastering HTML & WordPress (1 hour)

Work your way through Support, testing what you learn on your site, until you become a master of both WordPress and teaching yourself how to learn by using helpful support pages

Mastering HTML (1 hour)

Study yet another, far different resource for learning HTML, study it, and explain how it explains things differently

  • Duckett (on Dropbox)
  • w3c html
  • Head First HTML (on Dropbox)

Read these texts comparatively, skipping to topics that interest you, so that you really do learn something and do so in your own, best way.

Special project – Images

  • Download, install, and learn how to use JING

Learn how to make screenshots and resize them at 240, 360, and 450 pixels at 72dpi and place them in WORD and HTML with text wrapping around them.

  • Learn how to use images effectively: for each, tell a short story (“picture says 1,000 words” Really? Prove it (say 10)
  • When explaining an image, you check your understanding, clarify your thought, and, hopefully, remember
  • For each image, explore two alternatives, and choose the best
  • Choose images that illustrate a concept or principle, and in your text, point to the important parts: read it out

Take a moment to consider my advice on my Images page

Stories of Learning (1 hour)

  • Explain your own, best way of learning HTML by making one comparison using well-selected, tighly-cropped, annotated screen shoots of two or all three texts where you explain the differences in approaches as both your preferences and editorial design
  • To do this well, you may benefit from watching again Nancy Duarte’s Engage Through Storytelling and where you learn to stack your information, then try to tell a story about it, then layer your information and story like a cake


Above is the basic plan and where I aim for the middle of the class. What this plan does not accommodate well are those, especially from my first semester class, who already understand much of this and are especially motivated, and those for whom technology is not yet their friend, who find many things here difficult, and who need to work on things on their own terms (basically, all of us!)

  • If you take on a special project, simply reduce the proportions of the above three exercises or even temporarily skip one of them: you want to learn 3cm for your 3 hours, and it had better be useful and fun, so take command and control of your learning

Create your own, personalized browser start-up page as we did in the second group on Friday.

  • When I asked some students to look something up on my web page I found a number taking 3-5 minutes to do something that should, at this point, take them 3-5 seconds: a couple started searching through their emails: they did not have one place for the basic information for each class
  • Ever not find what you are looking for? Why not take this opportunity to do something about it?
  • Create your own “My Browser Startup Page” in MS Word, save it in .pdf format in a special place, and set your browser default page from the advertisement for Google to a page where you list you basic course, job, shortcuts, friend, calendar, etc., page — so that whenever you turn on your browser you get what you need and not what you don’t need

If you were to do something like this, share it on your portfolio, and arrive in class saying, “Dr. Bruce, your assignment is very nice, thank you, but this week I spent most of my time learning BizApps fundamentals in my own way, on my own stuff: you’ll see some great stuff here”, I will say: “Fabulous! I give you a cookie!” OK?

  • You might explore any one or more of the alternatives I’ve outline on my When Not MS Word page