I.  To build a resources page using MS Word

  1. Run Word and your browser simultaneously.
  2. Open a new document page on MS Word.
  3. Go to the browser and use Google.com or your favorite search engine to do a keyword search for on-line resources.  For instance “teaching vocabulary”
  4. Once you have found a site that looks useful to you, highlight the site title, go to the drop-down “edit” menu and click on “copy”
  5. Switch over to the MS Word document and go to “edit” then select “paste” and the Title will paste into the Word document.
  6. Go back to the browser, and copy a line or two which describes the content of the site, and then past that under the site title in your Word document.
  7. Return to the browser, and highlight the URL of the site, select “copy” and then past it into the Word document.
  8. Look at the examples below, copied and pasted, with no typing required at all, from the original web site into the MS Word document.

Sample resources entries created following instructions above

Teaching Vocabulary: Two Dozen Tips and Techniques

Vocabulary Resources for Teachers
Vocabulary resources for English language (ESL) teachers.

Teaching Vocabulary: Using Word Walls
Two main approaches to teaching vocabulary: one, the list approach, second approach, the contextual approach


II. To save your MS Word document into the correct webpage format for uploading into Geocities once you have compiled the resources page

  1. On MS Word,  use the “save” function in the “edit” pull-down menu, and select “web page, filtered” as the format to save it into.
  2. Always remember to rename your document so that it has no spaces in the document name.  For instance MS Word will save a document under this name: “Resources Page.doc.”  However, .html documents cannot have any spaces in the document name, so you would resave that as “resourcespage.html” (one word)
  3. Save the document to your disk, to a jump drive or flash drive, to the C: drive of your computer
  4. Back up the multiple electronic saves by printing out your resources page.  Save and backup, save and backup.

III. To post a document (saved in html format) to your Geocities web site, follow these steps:

  1. Before you can load the document into the Geocities server,  use the "save as" function in the "File" menu of your word processor to save the document as html or as a web page format.  Note: If  you use MS Word 2003, then you must save as a "filtered web page" or the page will not load into Geocities.
  2. Log onto Geocities and  launch the Web Page Builder.
  3. Go to the File menu and select upload files
  4. Click on one of the "browse"  keys on the pop-up, "Upload" menu.
  5. Find your document on your disk and click on the "open" button.
  6. When the document title appears, click on "upload" to save  it to your Geocities directory.  This step just saves the document from your disk onto the Geocities server (wherever in the world that is) so that you can use it in the Web Page Builder.
  7. Click on the "open" document icon on the Web Page Builder menu.
  8. Select your document by title; then click on the "ok" button.  The document will open in the active Web Page Builder window.
  9. Each paragraph will be designated in its own text box. 
  10. Here's where it gets fun:  Click on the "add-ons" icon to choose one of the dozens and dozens of backgrounds. Highlight your text and select whatever color or style is appropriate to your purpose, audience and the background you have chosen. Click on the "link" icon to make hot links to other web sites. Add a photo, clip art file, or animation from the "add-ons" files if they are appropriate.  Upload a scanned photo (jpeg format) from a disk (following these same upload instructions) onto your Geocities directory and insert it into your page.