Cody Benson,directory of Digital Strategy at Georgia State University and Stacey Martin, one of Cody’s esteemed team members, did a very thorough job this weekend, getting the beginners up to speed and ready for WordCamp Atlanta. Team members, Dan Stevens and Monaco Jones were also on hand to lend support.
The training was held at GSU in a gorgeous room with two huge projector screens on either side of the room which were clearly visible despite the room having a wall of windows on each side.
Mickey Mellen, coordinated the Workshop along with GSU representative Colleen Geary. Kathy Drewien, Will Reece and Judi Knight were on hand to welcome the beginners and help field questions.
Cody was our WordCamp Keynote speaker last year when he talked about how Georgia State was in the process of moving all of their web presence to WordPress which was a massive migration challenge which has now won awards and has them featured on the WordPress.org Showcase. We are lucky to have Ga State University play a role with us in making Atlanta
If you missed the workshop or want to have some extra reinforcement on what you learned but using WordPress.org, rather than WordPress.com, you can get free access to a seven video beginner series, Getting Started with WordPress.
This year, if you have a ticket to WordCamp yourself, you can bring your kid to Camp for free to attend a Kid’s Camp workshop on Saturday, March 15th.
Space is limited so get your kid a free ticket today.
We’ll be offering a half day of programming from 9-12 specifically for kids Jr Hi and up ( or younger upon request with demonstrated interest and experience) who are interested in learning more about WordPress. After the workshop, they can stay for lunch, and if they are up for it they are welcomed to go to the other sessions in the afternoon if you are supervising them.
Syed Balkhi, Sara Cannon, Micah Wood and Russell Fair will present several shortened sessions in a simple and easy to understand format geared specifically for kids who are interested in the basics of a WordPress site as well as an introduction to how a site is created from HTML, PHP and CSS.
The sessions will cover:
- Introduction to blogging, what it is and why you should care
- Coding Katas, learning to code takes practice
- Designing for WordPress, how we use themes to create amazing websites
- Next Steps with WordPress
The first session starts at 9 am Saturday and will conclude at lunchtime. Some of the sessions will be hands on; bringing a laptop with WordPress installed is encouraged.
Send your questions to Russell Fair through the contact form.
Here is the latest information on the Beginner’s Workshop being sponsored by Georgia State University on March 8, 2014.
This workshop is only for people holding tickets for the Beginners Workshop . No exceptions.
Centennial Hall / 100 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta 30303
Parking for all attendees will be provided in the W Lot (adjacent to the building). The entrance to the lot is located off Courtland Street.
Registration and Schedule:
9:30 AM Class Starts : 10:00 AM Ends: 2:00 PM
9:30 a.m. Registration begins
10:00 a.m. Conference starts
11:30 a.m. Catering lunch set up
2 p.m. Conclusion of conference
Food & Beverage:
Coffee, Orange Juice and Water
Boxed lunches – turkey, ham, roast beef and veggie
Includes bag of chips, cookie and soft drink or water
Must have Laptop and WordPress.com account set up
- The workshop is hands-on. Bring a laptop computer that can logon to a wireless network.
- Obtain an account and site on WordPress.com. Keep the confirmation email. Jot down your user name and password and be sure you bring it with you. We have a lot we want to cover and don’t want to waste time dealing with password issues.
If you have trouble with this step, send a message on the website through the contact and someone will help you get it set up prior to the Workshop.
- Make sure you have logged on to your WordPress.com site with the laptop you are bringing on a wireless network.
- Try to remember your password. We need to move quick and we don’t want to have to wait to long for folks to go through forgot password.
- If you plan to participate in the full media upload portion of the day you should have images available on your laptop and an application that will allow you to crop photos. Paint, Preview, Photoshop, GIMP etc.
If you’d like help setting up your WordPress.com account, please let us know in the comments below so that someone can help you before the workshop.
Guest wireless account has been set up. This information will be placed on each table for participants.
There are going to be several WordPress Meetup Groups focusing on getting our WordPress Newbies up to speed before camp.
Here is the list at this point. Be sure to check back later to see if others are added.
MARIETTA – Atlanta WordPress Hands on Learning Group
Wednesday March 5, 6:30 – 8:30PM $10
This is a hands-on working group. Don’t have a WordPress site yet? We’ll help you get one up and running before you leave and teach you how to add and format posts and pages and add media to your site.
YOUR OWN PLACE AND TIME – Free Access! Getting Started with WordPress Video Series
Sign up for free access to get seven videos that will walk you through the basics of starting and using a self-hosted WordPress site. The total time for this 7 video series is 3 hours and 40 minutes. Sign up here.