You now have set up at least two WordPress sites, and maybe after the creation of a WordPress based Calling Card site you can sense there is more to using this for a chronologically organized series of posts.

Enter the world of SPLOTs, which might mean Smallest Possible Learning Online Tool (or something else), see, or better yet, explore a SPLOT that tries to explain SPLOTs

A SPLOTpoint presentation… about SPLOTs?

These are all sites that run in WordPress to do relatively small, focused tasks, and more importantly, they can use the affordances of WordPress to allow people to create/contribute content to your site without them needing to create accounts, give away person information, or see the inside of the Dashboard. As a matter if fact, this Activity Bank site was created using a SPLOT WordPress Theme.

You can turn a new WordPress site into a SPLOT like our previous activities, start by deciding where in your domain you want the site (subdomain, directory, directory in a subdomain, installing a new empty wordpress site, downloading the ZIP file for the theme from the Github sites where they are shared, and following some instructions for setting up, and setting options for your SPLOTs.

Meet the SPLOTs!

TRU Image Collector

Create a site for public contributed images, with options to use categories you create to organize, to require image attribution, credit, and to provide a rich text editor for more extensive writing than captions. This SPLOT has been used to have classes create resource collections, event photo sharing, workshop group reporting, class bios, and more.


Like the image collector theme, SPLOTbox is aimed at building a site for a jukebox-like collection of audio and video content from video in YouTube, vimeo, the Internet Archive, SoundCloud, or audio content uploaded to the “box”. A site can require an open content license or optionally a rich text editor for more extensive writing than captions.

TRU Writer

TRU Writer offers a simple but elegant web publishing platform that lets visitors quickly publish full formatted and media rich articles, essays, papers — without requiring any logins or tracking of personal information. It has been used for creative writing assignments, as a class web site, to publish online journals, as a conference registration system, and as a resource builder.


Power meets the web? Use this SPLOT to create presentations in native web content, with create rich media click through “slides” (they are really just WordPress Posts), big pretty buttons, autogenerated slide lists, and more. You can include notes, links, references, in the area below each “slide”. This is a “SPLOT-ified” version of the Intergalactic free theme with custom modifications for presentations that live on the web.

Pick one of these SPLOTs to try in your own domain. You will find the setup takes a few steps beyond the WordPress set up.

See also the full SPLOT collection.

Example for "Build a WordPress SPLOT":

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  • I went a little cray-cray… (jesslyndw, @jesslyndw)

    I think I may have thought too long and hard about how to pull a SPLOT into my site.  I love these formats, like, real hard. So I built a SPLOT as a sharing section of my site, where faculty could contribute their own stories and examples of how they’re using tech to teach.  Hoping… Read more »

  • A place to share my photos (Lisa Koster, @lkoster)

    Although I enabled the posting of pictures by others on this page, it could also be used as a way to share pictures, similar to that of Instagram. It’s a great place for people to share photos with one another, although the size limits is too low if you plan to share full resolution photos. … Read more »

  • I modified a splot (Kim Carter, @Kcarte02)

    I created a Splot for uploading class pictures. I thought it might be a way to save images of fun times in the classroom. I am not entirely sure how this would sit on my domain. Perhaps it would be a link via the LMS for my students. In the spirit of creating fun, the… Read more »

  • Exploring a SPLOTt as a potential device to share the processes of doing research among students (Asako Yoshida, @yourlibrarian)

    I installed a SPLOT Writer to find out if this tool can be used to share research processes among students.  It does not look like I can edit the writing section form except the title.  I am thinking about having students share their research question within the first three months of the project where they… Read more »

  • SPLOTS are for Cats (Irene Stewart, @IrenequStewart)

    I think I did it. Going to ask my kids to try it and see if it works. I made a SPLOT to add more pictures for cats!

  • SPLOT of my Own (Lisa Koster, @lkoster)

    I tried adding a SPLOT to upload photos that relate to Math. I think I got it working correctly.  I can add pictures directly through the Collect tab rather than having to go into WordPress and create pages. The only think I don’t like is that the Collect Tab shows for anyone – even though… Read more »

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