March 13, 2012
6:30 - 8:30 pm
2nd floor Regnier Center @ JCCC Room 221

Speaker Introduction:

Dr. Rusty Meigs is currently the senior web architect for the Olathe Public Schools where he oversees web services for the district.  With over 15 years of public school teaching experience and a decade of higher education teaching experience at Rockhurst, MidAmerica Nazarene, and Baker Universities, he continues to serve as an adjunct professor at Baker University offering courses in the field of educational technology and at JCCC where he teaches web design and development for the Web Applications Department.  Meigs has been published in ISTE's Journal of Computing Teachers, was inducted into the Baker University School of Education Wall of Honor, was published in the Advocate (a Kansas teacher education journal), serves on the Board of the Association of Teacher Educators in Kansas, was the 2010 winner of the Statewide Distinguished Dissertation in Teacher Education Award, and currently serves in the "At Large" position on the Louisburg School Board where he was elected in the spring of 2011.

Ed.D. in Education Leadership, May 2010, Baker University M.Ed. in Education (with an emphasis on technology), July 2001, MidAmerica Nazarene University B.A. in Elementary and Secondary Education, December 1996, MidAmerica Nazarene University A.S. in Computer Systems Technology, July 1992, Johnson County Community College

Topic:  "Transforming Web with WordPress"

Meigs' experience with WordPress began while teaching for the 21st century e-Communication Program at Olathe Northwest High School.  After accepting the position of senior web architect in 2009, he quickly started to expand the district's work with WordPress--moving beyond the typical pre-fabricated themes commonly available--to develop customized, professional-looking themes while automating the maintenance process for webmasters across the district.  In addition to using other Open Source platforms, including Joomla! and Moodle, the incorporation of WordPress into the district's sites is saving taxpayers thousands of dollars annually.  Meigs is now building each of the district's 34 elementary school websites using his latest WordPress template and expects to have all of these launched between March and May of 2012.  In this presentation he will demonstrate the basics of using WordPress to create pages, posts, upload media, manage menus, and utilize widgets.  He will also discuss the development of WordPress sites in terms of mobile readiness.

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