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A guide to making a class/dpartmental blog with It's v easy, v quick and blogging can be used to help students collaborate on work, create lots of AfL and creative opportunities and provide a helpful one-stop shop for departmental info, resources etc.

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Making a class blog with

  1. 1. Class blogging with .com • make a dead simple public departmental blog • make private class blogs and manage from one place • easy classroom blogging for staff and students • easy teacher and peer feedback and AfL • post by email • posts almost any kind of file • safe and secureJen Turner, February 2011, @msmfl
  2. 2. From this.... Attach pictures, videos, word docs, ppts, name it! If you can send an email, you can blog. Address is: post@[name of blog].posterous.comJen Turner, February 2011, @msmfl
  3. 3. This was the file attached to the email To this... Images/attachments are shown in full Subject line = blog title Body of email = text of postJen Turner, February 2011, @msmfl
  4. 4. Video file / link to video on Word, ppt, pdf and any other youtube word processing files Audio filesYou can attach to your email pretty much any kind of file type,and posterous will show it in the blog without you having to doanything else. Click on the images to take you to the blogs.Jen Turner, February 2011, @msmfl
  5. 5. Showcases photo strips It doesn’t matter how many photo attachments you have on your email, posterous will make them into a neat strip so that they can all be viewed with maximum effect.Jen Turner, February 2011, @msmfl
  6. 6. Secure: each year and language group Managing multiple accounts has its own blog page and access password.Jen Turner, February 2011, @msmfl
  7. 7. Option to password protect Great to keep class work secure You share password with students You control access ‘mother blog’ = group blogs = main departmental blog sub-blogs for classes •no password, front-facing blog for all •keep class work private to see •will not show up in search engine •news, events and posts of general •secure, as long as students do not interest share elsewhere •will show up in search engineJen Turner, February 2011, @msmfl
  8. 8. So how do I do it? • and follow the instructions. Dead easy. • Choose your username, password and blog title. Option tp purchase/transfer domain too. • Will it be public or private? Will you have a password? • Who will post to it? You? Others in the dept? Students too? • Add contributors by adding their email addresses • Choose themes and complete profile • Save email posting address to contactsJen Turner, February 2011, @msmfl
  9. 9. Use these to control appearance, pages and posting settings Adding others to the blog Posts on your Blogs you blog controlJen Turner, February 2011, @msmfl Managing your blogs
  10. 10. Pages - create separate pages within a blog This is the French page on the main stowmarketmfl blogJen Turner, February 2011, @msmfl
  11. 11. Subscribers receive updates Contributors can post and receive updates You are in control over who you want to read and post to your blog. Subscribers: read only; will get email updates * You do not need to be a subscriber to just read the blog, as long as it does not have a password, as you can direct readers to the main page, e.g. * Contributors: read and post ; will get email updates People: Subscribers can sign up on contributors and subscribers non password protected areasJen Turner, February 2011, @msmfl
  12. 12. The student’s school email address is then linked to the blog. They can then send an email from that address to post to the blog For class blogs, all pupils should be contributors Add several email addresses at once Can paste email lists Will they receive a daily digest of updates or an email each time Use school emails something is posted?Jen Turner, February 2011, @msmfl
  13. 13. Currently only the stowmarketmfl motherblog is set to autopost. Turn autopost off for private class blogs to protect privacy. Autoposting of blog posts Automatically link your blog to your other online servicesJen Turner, February 2011, @msmfl
  14. 14. /stowmarketmfl automatically makes the blog post into a tweet and makes a nice short URL to follow stowmarketmfl Examples of no-fuss autoposting https://picasaweb.googl Turner, February 2011, @msmfl
  15. 15. Name and describe your site Password protect Colours and background -many themes to choose from Who can comment, set time zone. Brief description of the site / you / the class Settings Jen Turner, February 2011, @msmfl
  16. 16. Tagging- keeping track of and finding posts 1. Edit>tag Tags appear on from the post the main page of the blog: click on menu them to get a list of all posts tagged 2. Add keyword with that description. tags Students could tag their posts with their name and the You can also auto-tag within the subject line date so that you of the email itself, e.g. Special edition: can find their work Germany ((tag: german, news)) quickly.Jen Turner, February 2011, @msmfl
  17. 17. Using comments for homework feedback and/or peer assessment You (and everyone else registered on that blog) receives an email notification whenever someone posts, so you can keep track of who completes homework.Jen Turner, February 2011, @msmfl
  18. 18. You can also comment on posts by replying to the notification email which they receive to their registered account. Leaving a comment Click on the heart to ‘like’ the post Click on the blue speechbubble to leave Don’t forget: comments ARE public to others registered on a comment the site, even if it is password-protected. Students can peer Try sending an email or assess by leaving using video on a webcam to each other comments create personalised ‘live’ feedback which you can then email directly to studentsJen Turner, February 2011, @msmfl instead.
  19. 19. Podcasts, audio files and RSS feeds • General RSS feed example: • If you have got mp3 files on your blog, then if it not password protected, they can be loaded as a podcast feed in iTunes, e.g. • itpc:// • mp3 file examples for MFL: speaking homework, MFLAs, pronunciation of vocabulary, reminders, listening exercises...the list is endless!Jen Turner, February 2011, @msmfl
  20. 20. Works nicely with...• iPadio - make a sound file on your phone and upload it instantly• Transfer pretty much any blog over to Posterous• iPhone + Android apps - post from Posterous interface on the go• Email from any phone/computer - great for blogging about school trips• many other programmes and applications! Basically, if it’s a file, it can probably go onto Posterous somehow.Jen Turner, February 2011, @msmfl
  21. 21. Possible issues and some solutions • Filters against ‘like’ buttons: get ICT to unblock it • Inappropriate use of comments by students: moderate comments • Students not using their registered email address to post and their post fails (frequent ‘cause’ of homework seemingly not being done) • Lots of posts and not much organisation: use tags. Pupils could tag with their names so that all their work is presented when you click on their name. • Student privacy: how much student info on outward facing blog? Check your school e-safety policy • Do you want one for a year group, or a class, or a smaller group? • Comments are public to users of each blog, even if it is password protected.Jen Turner, February 2011, @msmfl
  22. 22. Ideas for using class blogs • Setting and submitting homework. You can also post a homework reminder email and all those registered will receive it to their registered email address. • Collaborative working – also with partner schools abroad – create a common blog and share the log in/posting details. All students can collaborate on creating the blog and comment/feedback on posts. • Get students more familiar with digital ways of working...and it cuts down on printing and copying costs! • AfL - students can peer review and make comments on each other’s posts (you can moderate, of course) • Stretch and Challenge / G&T / Extra curricular activities • News and links of interest, background reading, in MFL: cultural awareness, current affairs, songs, videos… • Storage and sharing of resources – very helpful for revision time • Record of messages sent to students – in case student ‘lose’, ‘delete’ or ‘didn’t get’ the original message.Jen Turner, February 2011, @msmfl
  23. 23. More info and ideas:•• Easy Classroom blogging with Posterous with-posterous.html• Set up a Moderated Class Blog on Posterous:• Getting Started with Posterous in your Classroom: classroom.html• Getting Started with Posterous: with-posterous/• Easy student blogging with Turner, February 2011, @msmfl