Tuesday, January 29, 2013

How to Password Protect Posts and Pages in WordPress Blogs (Including Edublogs) In Two Steps

On Monday I published directions for enabling limited access to Blogger blogs. Today, by request, I'm publishing directions on how to limit access to posts and pages created in WordPress blogs. These directions will work for any blog running on WordPress including Edublogs blogs and WordPress.com blogs. I actually like the options in WordPress better than the options for doing this in Blogger because in WordPress you have the option to restrict access to specific pages and posts. Blogger does not have that same level of specificity in restriction settings.

(Click the images to view them full size). 

Step 1: Create a post or a page in your blog editor. Before pressing publish click the "edit" link next to the visibility setting just above the "publish" button for your post or page.

Step 2: Select "private" or "password protected."

Follow the two steps pictured below to edit the visibility setting on existing pages or posts.

Step 1:

Step 2:

A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Backchannels & Informal Assessment Tools

Later this week I'm running a workshop on the use of backchannels, polling services, and informal assessment tools. In preparation for that workshop, I spent quite a bit of time putting together a 32 page PDF of ideas and directions for using TodaysMeet, Socrative, and the updated version of Wallwisher. The end of the document includes some alternatives to each of those three tools. I've embedded the document below (it's hosted by Scribd) and you can download it from Scribd for your personal use. If you like it, I would appreciate it if you could share it on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, or Google+.

You may notice that a few pages in the document are marked with these lines, "This copy is for personal, non-commercial use and is not to be distributed in workshops not taught by Richard Byrne. Are you seeing this in a workshop not taught by Richard Byrne? If so, please ask the presenter to acquire a license to use this work." Please contact me if you would like to use this document in a training that you are conducting or if you would like to distribute it to your faculty members without sending them here to get it.

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