It’S Cool 2 Read Tutorial


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It’S Cool 2 Read Tutorial

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