- Your discussion section weblog — or "blog" — is hosted by the Blogger service, which is owned by Google. Later in the semester, for your multimedia book review, you will create your own blog using this service. For now, you are just going to register with your discussion section weblog, and begin posting interesting things.
- Shortly after your discussion section this week, your TA will register your email address on your discussion section blog. Then you'll receive an automated email with instructions on how to register with Blogger so that you can begin posting stuff. Follow the instructions in this email. (If you don't get an invitation email, check your SPAM folder!)
- Once you're signed up with Blogger, navigating to www.blogger.com will bring you to your "Dashboard" page. Find the listing for your discussion section blog, and choose "View Blog". Read through the latest two or three posts.
- Now it's time to learn how to create your own post. The best way to learn this is to visit the Blogger tutorial page.
- Now you'll create a post of your own. While logged into your section blog, click "New Post" at the top of the page to get started. Type a paragraph or two of text to introduce yourself to your TA and fellow students. In the box "Labels for this post," type "introduction". Click "Publish Post" when you are done.
- Now click "View Post" or "View Blog" to see if it worked. If it didn't turn out as you expected, click the little pencil icon to edit again.
- Finally, try to edit your post in order to include a digital photo of yourself. Click the little photo icon to add an image to a post.
- When you are all done, please leave a comment on a fellow student's introduction post.
- Your discussion section wiki is hosted by the PBWorks service. You won't have to create your own wiki for this course, but you will have to add new pages and edit existing pages in your discussion section wiki.
- Your TA will register your email address on your discussion section wiki. Then you'll receive an automated email with instructions on how to register with PBWorks so that you can begin editing stuff. Follow the instructions in this email. (As with your blog invitation, if you do not see this wiki invitation, check your SPAM folder!)
- Once you're signed up with PBWorks, navigating to my.pbworks.com will bring you to your "Workspaces" page. Find the listing for your discussion section wiki, and click on it. Read through the wiki home page (called the "front page").
- Now it's time to learn you to create your own page. The best way to learn this is to read through the PBWorks tutorial on adding a new page. Make sure to name your page something that includes your first initial and last name, so your page won't get confused with someone else's.
- Now add some information about you on your page. Read through the PBWorks tutorial on editing a page to find out how to do this. See if you can add an image of yourself as well.
- Once you have added and edited your new page, link it to your name as listed on the big table in the front page of the wiki. Learn how to do this by reading the PBWorks tutorial on linking a page.
- Finally, visit the personal wiki page of another student in your section and post a friendly "comment" to the bottom of their page. (You will later use this comment feature in the peer review process.)
- If you run into trouble signing on to the wiki, creating your personal page, editing and saving text, or uploading an image, ask a classmate to help you or talk to your TA.