How To: Begin Using Pressible

Pressible is a new Teachers College initiative out of the EdLab, designed to give students and programs a forum for sharing content. Through Pressible you can have your own site, or simply join and contribute to existing sites.

This post will guide you through the steps necessary to join and begin using Pressible and the Arts and Humanities Pressible site.

1. Become a Pressible user. Visit Pressible’s main page and follow the steps to create a new account. It’s up to you, whether you want a site of your own, or if you just want the account.

Since Pressible is for people affiliated with Teachers College, you must use your TC email address.

2. Wait for the email from Pressible and follow the included instructions.

3. Find the Arts and Humanities site. Visit the Arts and Humanities Pressible and make sure you are logged in. To check if you’re logged in, look in the top left of the window. If there is a space for username and password, you aren’t logged in. Log in.

Click on the “Contact” button.

4. Send the right message. In the window that pops up, make sure “Add Me to Your Site” is in the Subject field. In the message field, type the following:

your Pressible user name [example: User123]

your email address [example: User123@columbia.edu]


5. Get a profile picture. Pressible pulls your profile picture from a third-party site. Visit Gravatar and click on “Sign Up.” Make sure you enter the same email address that you used to sign up for your Pressible account. Follow the instructions on the email that gravatar sends you, and your picture will automatically appear on the Pressible site in 10-15 minutes.


6. Get familiar with your “Dashboard.” Once you have your profile picture, go back to your Pressible site and log in. Press “My Sites” on the upper left corner, then press “Dashboard” for your Pressible page headquarters. Once you’re in, it will look something like this:


7. Edit your profile. Click “Your Profile” and edit your profile. Please change your display name to your real name, and change your temporary password to one that you can easily remember.

Congrats!!! Now all you have to do is blog away.

And to learn more about the idea behind Pressible, watch a video from the Pressible developers.