How you are graded:
Click below to view the rubric I use to assess your grade in this module, but here’s what I want in a nutshell:
- WordPress homework (40 points). This is based on frequency (5 posts), length (300-500 words), clarity and effort, and ability to embed links and media.
- “Phono Project” folder in Rowan Google Drive (10 points). See below.
- Phono Project post (50 points). See below.
What you need in your “Phono Project” folder on Rowan Google Drive:
In the shared folder made for you (i.e. “Lastname IWA-3”), make a NEW folder called “Phono Project” and put these in there:
- bibliography [as a gdoc] — these are the works you consulted when you wrote the drafts of your script, formatted in MLA 8
- exported WAV or mp3 file
- a 500-word Google Doc that describes your writing process throughout the project, assesses your successes, and makes recommendations to me for possible ways I could make your learning experience better.
How to complete your post for The Phono Project:
Our module considers how the future of writing is one that requires authors to compose multimodally; that is, writing is no longer just about producing alphabetic texts or papers, but involves composing and publishing by circulating words that appeal to many senses via images, movies, and sounds. You now have had some experience bringing these modes together through one WordPress post. Let’s look at some successful examples from the site:
- Genna: “In the Mood” by Glenn Miller
- Matt: “Mambo Italiano” by Rosemary Clooney
- Connor: “Kickin’ the Gong Around” by Cab Calloway
- Elizabeth: “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt
- Maddy: “That’s All” by Sister Rosetta Thorpe
So how do you create a page like this? Let’s take a look…
Customize your profile
- Log in. Go to http://phonoproject.com/wp-admin. Use your Rowan email address for your username and the password I give you in class. Note that sometimes the site has difficulty with multiple logins from this room. In that case you’ll get an error or message that the website cannot be found. If this happens to you, try logging in from your home computer or try again at another time.
- Update your info. Once you’re logged in, click the “Profile” link on the left and update your information: enter your first name, last name, write a short bio.
- Add an image. You can either use a Gravatar to add a picture (this would be associated with your original WordPress account from a few weeks ago) or you can add one with the Simple Author Box Plugin I installed there.
- Change your password and write it down. Finally, since you all have the same password, generate a new one for yourself so your posts are secure. Write this down so you can log in to the site again.
Adding posts to The Phono Project
- As an “Author” user in WordPress, you can write, upload photos to, edit, and publish your own posts; however, you cannot access other posts.
- Add a post, do just as you did for your blogs.
- Note that the featured image for your post will be placed prominently in your post, so choose it well (more on this below).
- Choose the most appropriate tags for your post. Consider tagging the artist’s name, the song’s genre, recording format (78, shellac, LP, etc.), themes (protest, love, instrumental, etc.), or other prominent aspects of the recording. This isn’t a perfect science.
- Choose “Save Draft” until you are ready to publish it to the site (see image).
What should be included in your post:
Use the above examples as your guide, but here’s what you need to include:
Title: Name/artist of the track (“Song Title” by Firstname Lastname)
Featured image: This image will be featured at the top of your post. First, find one on the web that’s clear and suitable (consider getting one from a Google Image search that is around 500 x 500 pixels). Most authors go with an image of the actual record or the promotional sleeve it came in, but a profile pic of the artist, the geographic location, something the track refers to might also work. Then, click “Set featured image” from the menu on the bottom right and upload your image. Note that if you do not add a featured image, the home page will show a sad, blank white image in its place, like so:
Audio: Your mixed audio track as an mp3 or WAV file (preferably the former as the file is smaller). To do this, you’ll simply add it to the site through the “Add Media” button (top left) and insert your file.
Script: This is the word-for-word final version of the audio that makes this post accessible to those who have difficulty hearing. You may include links, but that’s not required. Remember this must be all your original writing.
Bio: If you did everything correctly to customize your profile, your author box should show up automatically.
Homework for Day 8
- Continue working on your final submission to the Phono Project.