What started as a platform for me to share with others has most definitely become a passion! The reasons I blog are the following: to teach from a different medium, sharing technology information, book reviews, school news, communicating with students, writing encouragement about my relationship with parents, school and God. I am also now using my blog to encompass my library website and correlate the static approach of my site to make it more lively and readable with links from my blog. My other blog is called Kid’s Blog and I use that to chat to my students like a live journal. What are some of the reasons you are looking to blog?
Welcome!! So you have made the amazing decision, and blogging is going to be part of your life! Blogging is not only fun, but allows you to discover more about yourself, what makes you tick, helps you develop your potential personal learning network and makes you learn how to interact on the web with your peers. Be aware that at the beginning you will feel a little overwhelmed, as you think everyone is watching your every step! We can rest assured that if we are made in God’s image we can relax and enjoy the ride!
5:1 This is the record of the family line of Adam. When God created humankind, he made them in the likeness of God. Rest in God’s grace as you start the writing process.
I use Kidblog for updating my students with my bi-weekly email and they often comment in their own blogs and add pictures. It does require a little bit of work setting up but it is a ton of fun, and your relationship with your students will soar as you respond as you would in a journal, with mutual feedback. Younger kids really get the benefit of writing, and love posting their photographs of what they have been doing in the classroom. I use Blogger for my daily blog posts because I found it easy to use and set up and because it is universally recognized by other techno web sites when you are uploading to your blog.
I use Blogger for my daily blog posts because I found it easy to use and set up and because it is universally recognised by other techno web sites, like FB and Twitter and Diigo when you are uploading to your blog. Full support by Google and it’s Services, such as Adsense, Feedburner.Huge community on blogosphere. Themes, tweaks, and tips everywhere on the net for bloggers.
Friendly, easy integrated with other More Structured platform, sleek, and even simpler interfaces. Huge community on blogosphere. Cannot customize, too many incompatible plugins and themes.
Choose a name which reflects the identity of your blog and add .blogspot.com to complete the name. Choose a blog name that can also be used as the domain name, and clearly defines your topic. Keep the name to as few words as possible, and almost never more than three. Consider using a name that is easily converted into a logo.
Choose simple templates in the beginning as you can always come back and make it look more glossy later. To do this find wallpaper and go to Flicker or http://wallpaperstock.net/ to makeyourpagelookmoreprofessional. Remember to backupyoursettings on your hard drivebeforedoingthis. But thisislater down the road
Back up computer first by going to blog’s current template, sign in to Blogger and on the dashboard click on Design.Then under Edit HTML option you will find Download Full Template, under Backup. Save it on your pc. . You can now restore (if needed) your saved template by clicking on Browse button and upload.
When deciding on title think about who you are addressing and what your posting is going to be about then think of a good title. For instance if you are blogging about what you did in homeschool today you might want to title it” Today we learned how to make lapbooks with our friends” and then in a short blurb you outline your days’ events. You might want to include some photographs of your happy day after each little explanation of the day’s events.
You can drag and pull the gadgets around your page until you are happy with the layout. Make sure that others can follow your page using RSS, Google Feed, email or FB and Twitter. Play around with the settings and you will find ways to help your users stay up to date with what you are sharing.
Add other bloggers to your PLN by adding new websites to your dashboard at the bottom of the page where you see add and manage. Simply enter the URL for the blog you want to follow and a blurb will appear every time you go to your dashboard and check to see who has updated their blog. This is easier than reading through a ton of emails from bloggers.
Go to Posting page and then edit pages and click on New page which open a new page for you. You can have up to 10 pages on your blog. Use for longer articles, list of links, profile page, bloggers you follow etc
You may now add your name to the archives of famous bloggers!----- Meeting Notes (11-04-25 19:50) -----
Blogging For Life!<br />BY Pippa Davies.<br />
To Blog or Not to Blog<br />bookblogs.ning.com<br />
Made in god’s image<br />lefleurdelystoo.blogspot.com<br />
Types of Blogs<br />For my weekly newsletters and updating my families I use: Kidblog.org<br />
Blogger<br />USE FOR LIBRARY MATTERS<br />BOOK REVIEWS, CLASS POSTS, TECH ED STUFF PASSIONS<br />VIDEO<br />
WordPress<br />Wordpress.com. Follow this video link to load Wordpress, step by step.<br />
What to blog about?<br />Share about your class, include their writing, art, and poetry.<br />Share your lessons in written format, or share links that take you to lesson plans.<br />Post Youtube or Vimeo videos which explain math concepts, technology innovations, images to inspire discussion and debate, and media literacy. <br /> Give screencast tutorials, slide shows, Prezi’s , ask questions for polling, show how to log into sites.<br />Post using Edu- Glogster,Wordles, or Little Bird’s Tales to show how digital storytelling can make writing come alive.<br />Embed a Voki.<br />Create Top Ten lists or Favourites.<br />Display Shelfari, or Library Thing and books you are reading.<br />For more information on types of work to share on blogs go to Tom Barrett’s Blog.<br />
Congratulations!<br />Now you can start blogging. You find yourself in the posting area.<br />First give your post a title.<br />Start typing your text in the posting area or add an image/video to make the page look appealing. <br />
To add an image<br />Go to the editing tool bar located above the textbox and find the insert image box. <br />Left click , then click on From URL or Upload. Make sure you have permission<br />from image owner<br />before using.<br />Flickr/ fffound.com<br />
To add a video<br />Go to editing tool bar and left click on<br />Copy and paste<br />URL for video from<br />Youtube, or choose<br />upload from your <br />computer files. <br />
Extra Text tricks<br />Highlight different parts of text using the<br />button in the text editing bar, or use bold font to make some text stand out.<br />Link to any authors you are discussing or names of places on the web. Copy the URL and paste<br />into the area provided. Download<br />Zemantafor copyright ease.<br />
Publish Post!<br />Go to Publish post and click to post! Or preview to see what it looks like?<br />
Adding gadgets<br />Go to Design on your dashboard, click and then open Gadget.<br />Add some <br />gadgets to<br />your page by<br />clicking +<br />
Editing a post<br />Go to Posting and Edit Post<br />Click on Edit<br />Posts, then<br />edit<br />
Finally!<br />Update your blog on a regular basis to build your audience.<br />Respond with an encouraging word when someone comments on your site<br />Chat with other bloggers, and research EBlogger for updates.<br />Load some extra applications like Feedjit, music or other websites you support.<br />