Help! My Meta-Widget has Disappeared!

A lot of students have been changing their theme this year only to discover that the meta widget (the little widget that helps you log in) has “disappeared!” Well the good news is, it hasn’t actually disappeared and there is a way to get it back.

First, you need to know:
Each theme comes with it’s default widgets – that means all themes start off with certain widgets automatically when you switch to a different theme. Sometimes the default widgets do NOT include a meta widget.

If your meta widget has “disappeared”:

  • Type the url of your blog into the address bar: (I’ll use my URL as an example) http://blogs.isb.ac.th/chrissyh
  • Add /wp-admin to the end of the url so it now looks like this:
    http://blogs.isb.ac.th/chrissyh/wp-admin
  • Click enter/return

You should now be able to log into the backend of your blog.

  • Go to Appearance, then widgets
  • Find the Meta widget and drag it back onto the sidebar
  • Remember to click save

You should be able to see the Meta widget on the frontend of your blog again! See? I told it was easy!

 

Learning to Hyperlink

Sometimes we can’t embed the digital products we make.  That’s when knowing how to hyperlink comes in handy.  Hyperlinking means that we can type some words to click on that will take us to another website.

Today we learned how to hyperlink to a special “educreations” PE reflection made back in October during PE class.

Here’s the steps for the “passengers” who weren’t “driving” the laptops today:

Step 1:
Log into Educreations (if you click on the educreations word – it’s hyperlinked to go there!)
Login: sarahf@isb.ac.th    Password:  remember it!

Step 2:
Find YOUR PE reflection and click on it

Step 3:
Copy the URL of your PE reflection

Step 4:
Log into the backend of your blog – create a new post

Step 5:
Type the words that you want to hyperlink (see example below) then highlight those words
Click here to see my improved Volleyball skills

Step 6:
Click the button that has a chain link on it and paste the URL of the PE reflection, then click Add Link

The colour of your words should change to a bluish/purple!  Remember to click the category PE for this post.

Leave me a comment on this post if you have any trouble!

Upload vrs Embed

This afternoon in class we learned more about two words that we use when we are blogging or working on the internet.

Upload

When you move a copy of a file (image, doc, pdf, audio, video, presentation etc) from your laptop/computer to the internet.  Uploading means that you will be “storing” that file somewhere on the internet – it will take up space somewhere.

We upload our class images to the G3 Room 207 collection on the school flickr account – these images are a copy and are “stored” on the website Flickr.
(Our school pays for a pro account so that we can have unlimited images stored in this account).

Embed

 

When you display a file (image, doc, video, presentation)  on your website (like your blog) that is ALREADY stored on the internet somewhere.

 

html code is required to “embed” something in a website like our blogs.  We have already learned about html codes for embedding a widget on the sidebar of our blog.

This means that we embed our prezis and voicethreads (we don’t upload them) because they are already stored on the internet somewhere.  Our Prezis are in our Class Prezi account, our VoiceThreads are in our own VoiceThread accounts and our Google Presentations are stored in our Google Accounts.

Tape library, CERN, Geneva It is much better for us to embed things in our blog rather than upload.  When we upload to our blog, the file we have uploaded will take up storage space on our blog.  We don’t have a lot of storage space available on our blog so we store our files in other places on the internet whenever we can.

We usually store our videos in our Class YouTube account.  We store our photos/images in our school flickr account.  We store our documents in our Google Account as much as we can.

Photo Credit: gruntzooki via Compfight cc

Help! My Meta Widget Disappeared!

A lot of students have been changing their theme this year only to discover that the meta widget (the little widget that helps you log in) has “disappeared!”  Well the good news is, it hasn’t actually disappeared and there is a way to get it back.

First, you need to know:
Each theme comes with it’s default widgets – that means all themes start off with certain widgets automatically when you switch to a different theme.  Sometimes the default widgets do NOT include a meta widget.

If your meta widget has “disappeared”:

  • Type the url of your blog into the address bar:  (I’ll use my URL as an example) http://blogs.isb.ac.th/chrissyh
  • Add /wp-admin to the end of the url so it now looks like this:
    http://blogs.isb.ac.th/chrissyh/wp-admin
  • Click enter/return

You should now be able to log into the backend of your blog.

  • Go to Appearance, then widgets
  • Find the Meta widget and drag it back onto the sidebar
  • Remember to click save

You should be able to see the Meta widget on the frontend of your blog again!  See? I told it was easy!