Basic WordPress Theme

An example of the theme's front page.
The front page!

The Basic theme is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a barebones starter theme built on top of the fantastic Underscores theme (_s). With support for Sass and some build tools that I pieced together, modification is reasonably easy.

Now, I’ve got a launch pad project for simple WordPress site development! Actually, we have a launch pad project for simple WordPress development. I’ve hosted the source code and build tools on Github. You can build the project yourself!

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Necessary Tools

The Necessary Tools plugin logo.

The Necessary Tools plugin is a WordPress plugin that builds on the default functionality of WordPress. Its purpose is to provide quality-of-life features to all users. Features include post cloning, and exporting posts individually or in bulk. Of course, custom post types are supported by both features.

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Word Search Solver

A screenshot of the word search solver on a desktop.

This JavaScript based word search solver matches the first occurrence of each word on a word grid. It searches horizontally, vertically, diagonally, and of course backwards! The solver is intelligent, so it doesn’t waste time starting searches on characters that couldn’t possibly contain words on the word list. Another time-saving measure that the solver takes is that it will remove (internally) any words it successfully matches from the word list. The result being that the program speeds up as it successfully matches words.

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Game On

The Mac Lab's logo.

[Edit]: As of September 9th, 2017, I am no longer working on Game On. I’ve learned quite a lot while working on the it, but the time had come to move on. I have left the plugin in the hands of it’s new maintainer(s). I am hopeful that they will gain as much from it as I did.

Game On is a gameful education WordPress plugin. It provides a suite of tools for teachers to take advantage of. Game On is the brain child of Mike Skocko, a New Media Arts Teacher and Adobe Education Leader at the Valhalla High Mac Lab. The plugin was originally developed for internal use in the Mac Lab. However, in 2012 the plugin was released for other teachers to use. In 2015, the user base reached 80+ educators. Over the 2+ years that i’ve been working on it, Game On has come a long way and still has much further to go. Regardless, Game On and the Mac Lab still have the same mission, to innovate education by breaking the box.

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