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A tutorial on using to post book reviews

A tutorial on using to post book reviews



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    • Itz Cool 2 Read A middle years student book review site. A tutorial on using…
    • Objectives of this tutorial
      • Learn how to find the weblog (blog)
      • Learn how to navigate and find books on the blog
      • Learn how to post new books on the blog for students then to review
      • Learn how to moderate your students’ comments and reviews
    • Navigate to the site
    • How to navigate to the site
      • Type in the address: in the address bar of an internet window.
      • Do not put a www. In front of the address
      • This is a free, public website, so sometimes it has technical problems, but what doesn’t?
      • You can access this from anywhere there is an internet connection.
    • How is the blog organized
      • Posts, or book reviews are placed from the most recent at the top of the page.
      • These first 2 books were the latest entries.
    • Find books on the blog
      • Books are grouped in Categories and Tags .
      • Categories are genre
      • Tags are topics within the books
      • These will help you and your students find books that interest them 
      • Note: the bigger the tag word, the more books on that subject
    • Before you post a new book - Search
      • Use the Search box to find the book you want to review.
      • If the book is not on the site, then you must Log in to post a new book to review.
      • Only teachers in the Saskatoon Public School Division will be able to post new books.
    • Log in
      • You must have a username and password to log on.
      • Contact the OLC or the site administrator to log on. Email [email_address] For more info.
      • Click Log in under Meta , down the page under the Tags section
    • This is the log in page
      • Watch when you type in the username and password, that you enter it exactly as instructed.
    • Post New Books
      • You will Write new posts, which will become the books your students will review.
      • Click on the Write tab, then click Post
      • Or click Write a New Post button here.
      • Note: do not write a new page!!
    • Before you post a new book
      • Find the book cover picture on Google images
      • Searching the book title is usually effective
    • Save the picture
      • Publishers want us to use the covers of their books, so do not worry about copyright.
      • Right click on the picture and save it to your documents.
    • Write a Post
      • Type the Title here
      • Leave space for the picture
      • In the post box, put the author’s name
    • Add the cover picture to the post
      • Click Add an image , next to the Add media button here
    • This is an annoying step
      • Everything works well on this site, except this!
      • Choose the “ Browser uploader instead”
    • Browse for the cover picture
      • Click the Browse button
      • Find the cover picture in your documents, click that file
      • Click open
    • Upload the cover picture
      • Click the Upload button, here
    • We are almost there…
      • You are almost ready to put the picture in the post, but we don’t want huge pictures on the site, so scroll down in this box.
      • Use the scroll bar on the side.
    • Insert a thumbnail picture
      • Click Thumbnail next to Size
      • Then click Insert into Post button
    • Wow, we did it, Title, Author, and book cover picture
      • That almost seems like too much work, but trust me when I say, the cover picture is worth it.
      • If the picture is in the wrong spot, you can just click it with the mouse and drag it around in the post.
    • Now, enter the Category & Tags
      • Type in the Tags
      • Try to use some tags that are already in use
      • Click the appropriate Category
    • Last Step, Publish
      • This post is not published yet
      • Publishing it makes it appear on the internet
      • Saving it, is when you want to make changes to posts that are already published
    • Students leave comments on a book
      • When students find a book they have read, they can put their book review in the comment box
      • Click here
    • How to comment
      • Students should only put in part of their name
      • Tell them to use initials, the school name, and grade i.e.: j.e.CRS6-7
      • Ignore email and website
      • They must enter the Antispam word correctly
      • Cut and paste, or type in their book review
      • Then click Submit Comment
    • What to do with student comments
      • Student comments do not show up on the blog without first being approved by an administrator
      • You will moderate all your student comments
      • Tell your students that they need to inform you when they are putting book reviews on the site
      • You must log in to the site and moderate their comments
      • This is why it was important what name they put on their post, because you now have to find your students’ posts
    • How to moderate comments
      • When you are logged in, click on Comments
      • There are 29 comments waiting to be moderated by someone
    • Moderating Comments
      • You can view all comments and edit ones that are already on the blog
      • Or you can view only those Awaiting Moderation
    • Moderate student comments
      • Now you can approve, delete, or mark the comments as Spam
      • Spam is rude unsolicited communication
      • We would encourage you to set high standards for the comments you will accept from students
    • This is all you need to know to get started using
      • Now you can find Itz Cool 2 Read on the internet
      • Your students and you can search the blog to find books they have read, either to post reviews or to find good books to read themselves
      • You can put new books on the site for students to review
      • You can moderate, approve or delete, their comments before they are viewed on the internet
    • That is not all
      • There are a few other things you can do on this blog
      • For example, you can edit the blog or edit old posts on the blog (you don’t have to do that!)
      • We, the middle-years teachers of the Saskatoon Public School Division, have worked hard to set up this resource. Help us build it to become a useful resource for our students.
      • Thanks!