What is a blog?
• A Web site that contains an online personal
journal with reflections, comments, and often
hyperlinks provided by the writer.
• Short for web log.
• It can also contain pictures,
videos, and any other forms
• Resource: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blog
Differences between a
Wiki and a Blog
Users share writing
Users may change
Users create a
Users share writing
Users cannot change
Users comment on
Ways to use Blogs:
• Facilitate fantastic discussions
• Replace your paper newsletter
• Get your students blogging
• Post videos, podcasts, and documents
• Create a class publication
• Open communication to
parents and/or students
• Fill out the form
• Click Start Blogging
• You will receive an e-mail confirming your URL name,
login name, and password. You can use the link from
your e-mail or login through the site.
• Main Navigation Pane is on the left
• This Blog, My Account, and Recent Comments modules
are on the right
Themes & Appearance
• Apply a theme by scrolling through the options or searching.
• Click on Live Preview
• Click on Save & Activate
• Administrator – Can do everything including complete
power over posts, pages, plugins, comments, choice of
themes, imports, settings, assign user roles and are even
able to delete the blog.
Editor – Is able to publish posts/pages, manage
posts/pages, upload files, moderate comments as well as
manage other people’s posts/pages.
Author – Can upload files plus write and publish own
Contributor – Can write own posts but can’t publish
them; instead they are submitted for
review. An administrator or editor then reviews and
publishes their posts.
Subscriber – Can read comments and write comments.
Add A User
• Click on Add New
• Type in the person’s e-mail address or user name
• Give them a role
1. Post Title – Tells the reader what the post is about. A
great post title grabs readers attention and is more likely
to encourage them to read your post.
Date published – All post display the date a post was
published. You’ll normally see this displayed at the top
of the post.
Written by – Most themes display the name of the post
author. Your username is automatically displayed
unless you’ve changed your display name.
Your post content – This is the main information that
you want to share or reflect on with your readers
Comments – All themes have a link to comments. This
is where your readers can click to write a comment in
response to your post. Comments allow students, and
other readers, to engage in discussions, share their
thoughts and connect with your class blog.
Tags - Are used to help readers locate posts on your
blog. Tags are more like the index at the back of the
book and explode the topic into a million bits.
Categories - Are used to help readers locate posts on
your blog. Categories are often used like chapters of a
book; they provide a general overview of the topics you
Create a Post
• Type in the editor or paste your text.
• Click the Show/Hide Kitchen Sink Button to get the
Advanced Formatting Toolbar if it is not showing.
Settings & Privacy
• General Settings – Where you configure the
broad settings of your blog including your blog
title, blog tagline, blog admin email address, how
you want date and time displayed, and your time
• Writing Settings – Controls your writing
• Reading Settings – Controls how your blog
displays to visitors and your RSS feed options.
• Discussion Settings – Determines how
comments are handled on your posts and pages.
Settings & Privacy
• Media Settings – Controls how your media is
• Privacy Settings – Controls who can and can’t
view your blog.
• Blog Avatar Settings – Where you upload your
blog avatar which is displayed in your sidebar when
you add the Blog Avatar.
• Google Analytics Settings – Where you can add
Google Analytics tracking code for advanced
tracking of your blog stats.
• Subscribe to Comments Settings – Allows you to
customize your subscribe to comment notification email.
Complete User Guide
• There is a complete user guide for EduBlog
• Several tutorial videos are on the help site
and on YouTube.