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How to Use Blogger:
   A Guide for Teachers
             First Edition




         Marcus McGowan
  Saint Roch’s Secondary School
        ©22nd January 2007

      www.big-roch.blogspot.com

     www.mrmcgowan.blogspot.com
CONTENTS

What is a Blog?………………………………………………………..              3
Why Blog?……………………………………………………………... 3
Benefits of Blogging?…………………………………………………. 3
Creating Your Own Blogger Account………………………………..     4
Signing In…………………………………………………………….… 6
Managing Your Blog…………………………………………………..             7
Creating & Editing Posts……………………………………………...        7
Managing Blog Settings………………………………………………            10
Managing & Creating Page Elements………………………………. 11
Moving Page Elements……………………………………………….             11
Adding a Page Element………………………………………………             11
Adding Text…………………………………………………………….                 12
Adding Pictures………………………………………………………..              13
Adding HTML/JavaScript……………………………………………..           13
Adding Link List………………………………………………………..             14
Moving Page Elements……………………………………………….             14
Moderate Comments………………………………………………….               15
Emails and Blogging…………………………………………………..            16
Publishing to your blog via email…………………………………….    16
Emailing from Microsoft Word to your blog………………………… 17
Safety issues surrounding blogging…………………………………     18
About Me…………………………………………………………….…                   19




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WHAT IS A BLOG?
Blog is short for weblog. A weblog is a journal/diary/newsletter that is available for
public viewing on the internet. Blogs are updated frequently.

WHY BLOG?
       “Using blogs in education provides pupils with their own personal
       writing space where they can write what they like and as often as
       they like whilst developing literacy and ICT skills. Schools can use
       them for individual, group or class publishing.

       Blogs have proved to be a fun way of working and encourage
       children to take more interest in their schoolwork. It is an effective
       way of getting children to communicate with one another and with
       the ability to interact and enter comments against post pupils are
       working in a collaborative environment.”

                                                   Learning and Teaching Scotland
http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/ictineducation/ictadvice/blogging/learningandteaching
                                                                              .asp

In addition Blogs can be used to house valuable revision materials, links with
other useful websites and also provide a vehicle for audio and video materials.

BENEFITS OF BLOGGING

Blogging is easy to use. It is not as complicated as designing your own website
from scratch, as it has ready-made templates in place for the Blogger to
manipulate to his/her advantage.

Blogging is free to use in some cases, and is in fact with Blogger.com. This allows
quick and easy publishing of material, without set-up costs and maintenance
costs.

Blogs help communicate to an audience without the fuss of sending out
newsletters or other paper-based sources. Plus it can be edited and updated
regularly.




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CREATING YOUR OWN BLOGGER ACCOUNT
Open Internet Explorer

In the Address Bar type in: www.blogger.com

Scroll down the page until you see this:




Click on Create Your Blog Now.

Now you arrive at this page. You need to have an existing email address
(school one is fine) and then you create a password for yourself.




You will also need a Display name, which will be your by-line.


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Then you come to this page:




Here you create the title of your blog and a web address for your blog. Your blog
address will always end in blogspot.com.

After you select Continue you reach this page:




Here you will find a selection of pre-designed templates for your use. Later as you
become a more advanced user of blogger you can alter the templates, but for
beginners take advantage of the ready made ones.

Click on the Continue button at the bottom of the screen and…




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You are ready to begin!

SIGNING IN
Before you can create and edit posts or anything else, you have to sign in to the
blog account.

Open Internet Explorer

In the Address Bar type in: www.blogger.com

You should see a page like this:




Click on Sign In

In username enter the appropriate email address given at the start of the session.

For password, again enter the appropriate one given.

As the site loads you may have a few dialogue boxes coming up. Click Yes or Ok
on all of them.




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MANAGING YOUR BLOG
Once you have signed in, you are now at the Dashboard:




This is the control panel of the Blog. You can manage your blogs through the
main uses of Posts, Settings and Layout.


CREATING & EDITING POSTS
Right, you’ve signed in and your now ready to start adding content to the blog of
the century. So how do you go about it?

In the Dashboard, Select Posts




Click on Create to start writing a new post.

Posts consist of Titles and then the message body.




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Once you have entered a title and a body, you then can Publish your work to the
blog. You can check via View Blog.

If you select Edit Posts you are presented with a view of all your existing posts on
that particular blog.




To edit the post content, click on Edit. This takes you to a menu below:




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Here is the toolbar in greater detail:




As you can see the toolbars are similar to that used in Microsoft Word, whereby
you can:

change the font      embolden             change text      align text left,
                                          colour           centred, right or
                                                           justified
change the font      italicise            add hyperlinks   add numbering
size




add bullet points    add quotes           spellcheck       insert pictures
                                                           from file
                                                           remove
                                                           formatting from
                                                           the selected text


To view post content, click on View. It is that simple!




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MANAGING BLOG SETTINGS
In the Dashboard, Select Settings

You will be faced with a few different drop down menus.




This is whether you wish your blog to be in the Blogger.com directory. Select No if
you do not wish it to be.




This easy editing tool for your blogs is to be recommended. Set to Yes.




This setting allows visitors to email your blog posts to their friends. Again the
option to allow shared comments of important posts is favourable.




The final two settings apply to all the blogs you create.

The Compose Mode editor allows you to write posts in normal text without having
to worry too much about HTML. Recommended!

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Delete Your Blog does exactly what is says and removes from existence all posts
you have on that particular blog.


MANAGING & CREATING PAGE ELEMENTS
How do you get all the fancy parts of the blog to appear? The process of adding
posts, pictures, HTML and hyperlinks to the blog is all done through an easy to
use drag and drop system.

In the Dashboard, Select Layout

What you have is the parts that make up the blog people will view. These are
called page elements. This is what you see below:

                                                         Preview offers a view of
                                                         the blog before it is
                                                         published.


                                                         Clear Edit undoes any
                                                         changes made to the
                                                         blog.


                                                         Save stores the blog as it
                                                         is.



Moving Page Elements

To move existing page elements around, all you do is move the cursor arrow over
an element until it changes from the white arrow into the black dragging tool. Then
drag it to the place you desire.

Adding a Page Element

To add a new element, click on Add a Page Element and then you will have a
choice of which type of page you wish it to be.




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Select Add To Blog and then you will have a
                                 different menu for each type of page element.

                                 For the purposes of this guide we will only
                                 look at the most common page elements:

                                 Text, Pictures, HTML/JavaScript and Link List.




Adding Text

Underneath Text, click on Add to Blog. The Configure Text menu appears. It is
a refined version of the Create Post menu you used earlier.


                                            Edit HTML is useful for
                                            adding in hyperlinks to
                                            your text.


                                         It has much of the same toolbar, and once
                                         you have written your title and your
                                         content, ensure you Save Changes.




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Adding Pictures

Underneath Picture, click on Add To Blog and then this menu will pop up.

                                            It gives you the opportunity to put a title
                                            and a caption of your image

                                            To upload an image from your own
                                            computer, click on Browse and then
                                            locate the appropriate image file.


                                             Remember to Save Changes.




.
Adding HTML/JavaScript

Underneath HTML/JavaScript, click on Add To Blog and then this menu will pop
up.

                                     Again you can enter a title and save
                                     changes.

                                     However, in the content box all you
                                     have to do is copy in HTML Code for
                                     whatever application you need, and
                                     when you View Blog it will display the
                                     graphic, image or content you desired.




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Adding Link List

Underneath HTML/JavaScript, click on Add To Blog and then this menu will pop
up.



                                                        Here you enter the title of the
                                                        link, and copy and paste in
                                                        the web address in the box
                                                        marked New Site URL.

                                                        Once you have done so,
                                                        click on Add Link.

                                                        Links can be sorted
                                                        alphabetically.




Moving the Page Elements

Once selected, you drag and drop the new page element to wherever you wish it
to be placed on the blog.




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MODERATE COMMENTS
You can ensure no-one replying to a post writes anything unacceptable with
school use by being able to check their content.

Go into Dashboard and then Settings. Scroll down to find this:




As you can see you can set comment moderation to Yes (which means you can
allow or delete comments before they go online) or No (which is probably not
suitable or wise for school use).

Two other useful functions you have within the Comments tab is to Show or Hide
comments




and a drop down menu allowing you to permit Only Registered Users, Anyone,
or Only Members of this Blog to be able to comment.




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EMAILS AND BLOGGING
Publishing to your blog via email

One of the great advantages of using Blogger.com for your blogging is that it has
the facility to publish directly from your email onto the web.

How do you do it? Simple.

Go to Dashboard and then Settings. Click on the Email tab.

You will see this screen:




Mail-to-Blogger Address is the function you need. It is divided into your
username, a keyword of your choice, and then the host.

All Blogger.com email addresses end in @blogger.com.

Remember your blog ends in blogspot.com but your blog email address is
@blogger.com!

So if I go into my email software, Microsoft Outlook and key in the address
saintrochs.big-roch@blogger.com whatever I write within the email will be
published within seconds on the web!




(Note: In the above example I had already saved the email address into my contacts)


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Emailing from Microsoft Word to your blog

There is a not very well used function in Microsoft Word that can actually make
blogging easier again.

In MS Word click on the email icon.




The Email toolbar will appear and then all you have to do is key in the email
address of your blog and send it!

The subject of the email will become the title of that blog post.

One final point to consider is that formatting can sometimes be lost when
publishing from word into your blog. Using tables is a good way of keeping the
spacing and style of the text. Obviously hide the table!




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SAFETY ISSUES SURROUNDING BLOGGING

Child Safety is obviously paramount in any kind of internet based activity.
Guidelines are available.

This is taken directly from LTScotland:

      Blog safety

      Setting up a school blog is the same as setting up a public website. You
      should be careful not to write any personal information that could identify
      the user or the users location.

      Care should be taken over the comment of the posts and when using blogs
      in education there is always going to be a certain amount of trust involved.
      It is the same as using the internet, there should be an acceptable use
      policy on the use of blogs within the school both as an author and as a
      reader.

http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/ictineducation/ictadvice/blogging/learningandteaching
.asp

Implications for Blogger.com

Blogger.com has a NextBlog button in its NavBar which takes users to random
blogs. Schools cannot vouch for the content of every webpage or blog and so
drawing up the acceptable user/reader policy is crucial in this case. Parents
should be aware that schools (even with content blocking software such as
WebSense) cannot be responsible for the content of external websites.




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ABOUT ME

I am a Teacher of Business Education. I am involved in many aspects of ICT
including Blogging, Podcasting and Animation.

If you have any questions or ideas you want to discuss, please contact me via
email (of course!) at mmcgowan@st-rochs-sec.glasgow.sch.uk

Happy Blogging!

Marcus McGowan
22nd January 2007




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How To Use Blogger

  • 1. How to Use Blogger: A Guide for Teachers First Edition Marcus McGowan Saint Roch’s Secondary School ©22nd January 2007 www.big-roch.blogspot.com www.mrmcgowan.blogspot.com
  • 2. CONTENTS What is a Blog?……………………………………………………….. 3 Why Blog?……………………………………………………………... 3 Benefits of Blogging?…………………………………………………. 3 Creating Your Own Blogger Account……………………………….. 4 Signing In…………………………………………………………….… 6 Managing Your Blog………………………………………………….. 7 Creating & Editing Posts……………………………………………... 7 Managing Blog Settings……………………………………………… 10 Managing & Creating Page Elements………………………………. 11 Moving Page Elements………………………………………………. 11 Adding a Page Element……………………………………………… 11 Adding Text……………………………………………………………. 12 Adding Pictures……………………………………………………….. 13 Adding HTML/JavaScript…………………………………………….. 13 Adding Link List……………………………………………………….. 14 Moving Page Elements………………………………………………. 14 Moderate Comments…………………………………………………. 15 Emails and Blogging………………………………………………….. 16 Publishing to your blog via email……………………………………. 16 Emailing from Microsoft Word to your blog………………………… 17 Safety issues surrounding blogging………………………………… 18 About Me…………………………………………………………….… 19 How to use Blogger 2 Marcus McGowan, Saint Roch’s Secondary
  • 3. WHAT IS A BLOG? Blog is short for weblog. A weblog is a journal/diary/newsletter that is available for public viewing on the internet. Blogs are updated frequently. WHY BLOG? “Using blogs in education provides pupils with their own personal writing space where they can write what they like and as often as they like whilst developing literacy and ICT skills. Schools can use them for individual, group or class publishing. Blogs have proved to be a fun way of working and encourage children to take more interest in their schoolwork. It is an effective way of getting children to communicate with one another and with the ability to interact and enter comments against post pupils are working in a collaborative environment.” Learning and Teaching Scotland http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/ictineducation/ictadvice/blogging/learningandteaching .asp In addition Blogs can be used to house valuable revision materials, links with other useful websites and also provide a vehicle for audio and video materials. BENEFITS OF BLOGGING Blogging is easy to use. It is not as complicated as designing your own website from scratch, as it has ready-made templates in place for the Blogger to manipulate to his/her advantage. Blogging is free to use in some cases, and is in fact with Blogger.com. This allows quick and easy publishing of material, without set-up costs and maintenance costs. Blogs help communicate to an audience without the fuss of sending out newsletters or other paper-based sources. Plus it can be edited and updated regularly. How to use Blogger 3 Marcus McGowan, Saint Roch’s Secondary
  • 4. CREATING YOUR OWN BLOGGER ACCOUNT Open Internet Explorer In the Address Bar type in: www.blogger.com Scroll down the page until you see this: Click on Create Your Blog Now. Now you arrive at this page. You need to have an existing email address (school one is fine) and then you create a password for yourself. You will also need a Display name, which will be your by-line. How to use Blogger 4 Marcus McGowan, Saint Roch’s Secondary
  • 5. Then you come to this page: Here you create the title of your blog and a web address for your blog. Your blog address will always end in blogspot.com. After you select Continue you reach this page: Here you will find a selection of pre-designed templates for your use. Later as you become a more advanced user of blogger you can alter the templates, but for beginners take advantage of the ready made ones. Click on the Continue button at the bottom of the screen and… How to use Blogger 5 Marcus McGowan, Saint Roch’s Secondary
  • 6. You are ready to begin! SIGNING IN Before you can create and edit posts or anything else, you have to sign in to the blog account. Open Internet Explorer In the Address Bar type in: www.blogger.com You should see a page like this: Click on Sign In In username enter the appropriate email address given at the start of the session. For password, again enter the appropriate one given. As the site loads you may have a few dialogue boxes coming up. Click Yes or Ok on all of them. How to use Blogger 6 Marcus McGowan, Saint Roch’s Secondary
  • 7. MANAGING YOUR BLOG Once you have signed in, you are now at the Dashboard: This is the control panel of the Blog. You can manage your blogs through the main uses of Posts, Settings and Layout. CREATING & EDITING POSTS Right, you’ve signed in and your now ready to start adding content to the blog of the century. So how do you go about it? In the Dashboard, Select Posts Click on Create to start writing a new post. Posts consist of Titles and then the message body. How to use Blogger 7 Marcus McGowan, Saint Roch’s Secondary
  • 8. Once you have entered a title and a body, you then can Publish your work to the blog. You can check via View Blog. If you select Edit Posts you are presented with a view of all your existing posts on that particular blog. To edit the post content, click on Edit. This takes you to a menu below: How to use Blogger 8 Marcus McGowan, Saint Roch’s Secondary
  • 9. Here is the toolbar in greater detail: As you can see the toolbars are similar to that used in Microsoft Word, whereby you can: change the font embolden change text align text left, colour centred, right or justified change the font italicise add hyperlinks add numbering size add bullet points add quotes spellcheck insert pictures from file remove formatting from the selected text To view post content, click on View. It is that simple! How to use Blogger 9 Marcus McGowan, Saint Roch’s Secondary
  • 10. MANAGING BLOG SETTINGS In the Dashboard, Select Settings You will be faced with a few different drop down menus. This is whether you wish your blog to be in the Blogger.com directory. Select No if you do not wish it to be. This easy editing tool for your blogs is to be recommended. Set to Yes. This setting allows visitors to email your blog posts to their friends. Again the option to allow shared comments of important posts is favourable. The final two settings apply to all the blogs you create. The Compose Mode editor allows you to write posts in normal text without having to worry too much about HTML. Recommended! How to use Blogger 10 Marcus McGowan, Saint Roch’s Secondary
  • 11. Delete Your Blog does exactly what is says and removes from existence all posts you have on that particular blog. MANAGING & CREATING PAGE ELEMENTS How do you get all the fancy parts of the blog to appear? The process of adding posts, pictures, HTML and hyperlinks to the blog is all done through an easy to use drag and drop system. In the Dashboard, Select Layout What you have is the parts that make up the blog people will view. These are called page elements. This is what you see below: Preview offers a view of the blog before it is published. Clear Edit undoes any changes made to the blog. Save stores the blog as it is. Moving Page Elements To move existing page elements around, all you do is move the cursor arrow over an element until it changes from the white arrow into the black dragging tool. Then drag it to the place you desire. Adding a Page Element To add a new element, click on Add a Page Element and then you will have a choice of which type of page you wish it to be. How to use Blogger 11 Marcus McGowan, Saint Roch’s Secondary
  • 12. Select Add To Blog and then you will have a different menu for each type of page element. For the purposes of this guide we will only look at the most common page elements: Text, Pictures, HTML/JavaScript and Link List. Adding Text Underneath Text, click on Add to Blog. The Configure Text menu appears. It is a refined version of the Create Post menu you used earlier. Edit HTML is useful for adding in hyperlinks to your text. It has much of the same toolbar, and once you have written your title and your content, ensure you Save Changes. How to use Blogger 12 Marcus McGowan, Saint Roch’s Secondary
  • 13. Adding Pictures Underneath Picture, click on Add To Blog and then this menu will pop up. It gives you the opportunity to put a title and a caption of your image To upload an image from your own computer, click on Browse and then locate the appropriate image file. Remember to Save Changes. . Adding HTML/JavaScript Underneath HTML/JavaScript, click on Add To Blog and then this menu will pop up. Again you can enter a title and save changes. However, in the content box all you have to do is copy in HTML Code for whatever application you need, and when you View Blog it will display the graphic, image or content you desired. How to use Blogger 13 Marcus McGowan, Saint Roch’s Secondary
  • 14. Adding Link List Underneath HTML/JavaScript, click on Add To Blog and then this menu will pop up. Here you enter the title of the link, and copy and paste in the web address in the box marked New Site URL. Once you have done so, click on Add Link. Links can be sorted alphabetically. Moving the Page Elements Once selected, you drag and drop the new page element to wherever you wish it to be placed on the blog. How to use Blogger 14 Marcus McGowan, Saint Roch’s Secondary
  • 15. MODERATE COMMENTS You can ensure no-one replying to a post writes anything unacceptable with school use by being able to check their content. Go into Dashboard and then Settings. Scroll down to find this: As you can see you can set comment moderation to Yes (which means you can allow or delete comments before they go online) or No (which is probably not suitable or wise for school use). Two other useful functions you have within the Comments tab is to Show or Hide comments and a drop down menu allowing you to permit Only Registered Users, Anyone, or Only Members of this Blog to be able to comment. How to use Blogger 15 Marcus McGowan, Saint Roch’s Secondary
  • 16. EMAILS AND BLOGGING Publishing to your blog via email One of the great advantages of using Blogger.com for your blogging is that it has the facility to publish directly from your email onto the web. How do you do it? Simple. Go to Dashboard and then Settings. Click on the Email tab. You will see this screen: Mail-to-Blogger Address is the function you need. It is divided into your username, a keyword of your choice, and then the host. All Blogger.com email addresses end in @blogger.com. Remember your blog ends in blogspot.com but your blog email address is @blogger.com! So if I go into my email software, Microsoft Outlook and key in the address saintrochs.big-roch@blogger.com whatever I write within the email will be published within seconds on the web! (Note: In the above example I had already saved the email address into my contacts) How to use Blogger 16 Marcus McGowan, Saint Roch’s Secondary
  • 17. Emailing from Microsoft Word to your blog There is a not very well used function in Microsoft Word that can actually make blogging easier again. In MS Word click on the email icon. The Email toolbar will appear and then all you have to do is key in the email address of your blog and send it! The subject of the email will become the title of that blog post. One final point to consider is that formatting can sometimes be lost when publishing from word into your blog. Using tables is a good way of keeping the spacing and style of the text. Obviously hide the table! How to use Blogger 17 Marcus McGowan, Saint Roch’s Secondary
  • 18. SAFETY ISSUES SURROUNDING BLOGGING Child Safety is obviously paramount in any kind of internet based activity. Guidelines are available. This is taken directly from LTScotland: Blog safety Setting up a school blog is the same as setting up a public website. You should be careful not to write any personal information that could identify the user or the users location. Care should be taken over the comment of the posts and when using blogs in education there is always going to be a certain amount of trust involved. It is the same as using the internet, there should be an acceptable use policy on the use of blogs within the school both as an author and as a reader. http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/ictineducation/ictadvice/blogging/learningandteaching .asp Implications for Blogger.com Blogger.com has a NextBlog button in its NavBar which takes users to random blogs. Schools cannot vouch for the content of every webpage or blog and so drawing up the acceptable user/reader policy is crucial in this case. Parents should be aware that schools (even with content blocking software such as WebSense) cannot be responsible for the content of external websites. How to use Blogger 18 Marcus McGowan, Saint Roch’s Secondary
  • 19. ABOUT ME I am a Teacher of Business Education. I am involved in many aspects of ICT including Blogging, Podcasting and Animation. If you have any questions or ideas you want to discuss, please contact me via email (of course!) at mmcgowan@st-rochs-sec.glasgow.sch.uk Happy Blogging! Marcus McGowan 22nd January 2007 How to use Blogger 19 Marcus McGowan, Saint Roch’s Secondary