Blogging In The   Meredith                   MartinClassroom                  @geekyteach
What Are Blogs?• A personal website• Contains journal-like entries• Entries can be commented on by others,  leading to dis...
Exampleteachertech.techforteachers.com
Why Not Just A Website?   Image From: http://langwitches.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/blog-vs-static-site.jpg
Getting Started With Blogs  • Two Way Communication - Teacher    posts, students comment  • Classroom Communication - Stud...
Teach Proper Commenting Skills   • A good way to practice is to hang a few     paper blogs around the room and have     st...
How Have Teachers Used Blogs?   • had daily  student “bloggers”,  who were in charge of     updating the classroom blog, b...
•   Some classroom blogs were growing beyond    homework assignment, as teachers found opportunities to amplify    the use...
Why Kidblog?• Simple, quick, and easy to set up.• Free!• No email addresses or personal  information required for students...
Setting Up: Kidblog.org
Setting Up• On the Kidblog.org main page, click on  Create A Class• Fill in your information - Display name  (username), P...
Create Your Class
Welcome To Your Blog. That Was Easy!
Control Panel• At the top right of the page, click on  Control Panel• This takes you to your control panel,  also called a...
Your Control Panel
Multiple Classes• You can create as many classes as you  want.• Each class can have its own list of  students, and its own...
Multiple Classes? No Problem!
View Your Classes
Add Students Manually
Adding Students• There are several ways to add students  - Manually, and with Class Codes• Manual addition: singly or in b...
General Settings
Important Settings• Title - The name of your blog• URL - The website address of your blog  • Can be changed - preferably b...
Make It Pretty With Themes
Widgets
Blogroll• A Blogroll is a list of favorite websites• Be sure to include your classroom  website if you have one• You may a...
Post Settings
Post Settings•   Who May Read - Set the privacy level of your class    •   Visitors - public to anyone with the URL    •  ...
Comment Settings
Comment Settings• Who May Comment - restrict who can  and cannot comment on posts• Comment Approval - require teacher  app...
User Settings
Users Menu
Users Menu• Add new users• View users and their roles• Change user roles• Delete or modify users
Your Profile
Comments Menu
Comments Menu• View all comments• Filter by type or user• Approve / Mark As Spam / Delete  Comments
Review Posts
Review Posts• Allows you and any moderators to  view and approve posts• Filter by type or user
Add A Post
Add A Post• Simple to use editor - if you can use  Word, you can write a blog post!• Add Media• Save Drafts or Publish• Se...
View Your Blog
Setting Up Student Blogs
Student Login - Secret Code  • Easiest way to add students is with a    secret code  • Students click the red Secret Code ...
Student Login
Students Enter Class Code
Student Home Screen
Student Dashboard
Student Post Screen
Student Post Screen• Same editor as teachers• Fewer posting options• If you have required  teacher/moderator review before...
Student Avatars
Avatars• Students love avatars• Library of kid-friendly avatars to  choose from• Or take photos and upload them
Logging In Using Search
Logging In With Search• Search for class blog by teacher email or  by URL• Search brings up a list of matching  blogs to c...
Select Your Class
Log In With URL• Easiest way to log in once students  have an account• Go directly to blog URL and click Log  In• Students...
Log In With URL
Enter Username / Password
Yes, There’s An App For That!
Class Blog Examples• http://theedublogger.com/check-out-  these-class-blogs/
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Blogging in the Classroom

  1. 1. Blogging In The Meredith MartinClassroom @geekyteach
  2. 2. What Are Blogs?• A personal website• Contains journal-like entries• Entries can be commented on by others, leading to discussion• Updated often
  3. 3. Exampleteachertech.techforteachers.com
  4. 4. Why Not Just A Website? Image From: http://langwitches.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/blog-vs-static-site.jpg
  5. 5. Getting Started With Blogs • Two Way Communication - Teacher posts, students comment • Classroom Communication - Students post, teacher and classmates comment • Global Communication - Students and teacher post, people outside the classroom can comment
  6. 6. Teach Proper Commenting Skills • A good way to practice is to hang a few paper blogs around the room and have students comment using sticky notes. Include examples of poor comments. Discuss comments as a class to point out good commenting vs. poor commenting.
  7. 7. How Have Teachers Used Blogs? • had daily  student “bloggers”,  who were in charge of updating the classroom blog, being the Official Scribe of the day. • had students take (handwritten notes) summarizing the daily learning during each subject area, to be then typed and uploaded on Friday to the blog (younger grades). • highlighted best work from students as it was produced. • put students in charge of photographing classroom/resource activities and learning taking place during the day, the class discussed and voted on the final images to be uploaded at the end of the day and write a short blurb to each image. http://langwitches.org/blog/2012/10/08/implementing-blogging-in-the-classroom/
  8. 8. • Some classroom blogs were growing beyond homework assignment, as teachers found opportunities to amplify the use of their virtual spaces to get kids involved and engaged in conversation• As commenting and posting to the classroom blog became the routine, especially in the upper elementary grades, students were eager to “earn” their own blogs. It was up to the teacher to set the criteria for students to earn them (ex.5 quality posts moderated and published on the classroom blog).• Once having earned that promotion, students became administrators of their own blogfolio , a combination of an online portfolio and a learning blog. Students were able to choose their own theme from a variety of pre-approved themes available. They chose their own title and tagline, and wrote their About Page. http://langwitches.org/blog/2012/10/08/implementing-blogging-in-the-classroom/
  9. 9. Why Kidblog?• Simple, quick, and easy to set up.• Free!• No email addresses or personal information required for students• Teachers have full control over all blogs• Teacher determines privacy level of the blogs.
  10. 10. Setting Up: Kidblog.org
  11. 11. Setting Up• On the Kidblog.org main page, click on Create A Class• Fill in your information - Display name (username), Password, Email, & Class Name• Enter anti-spam code, and then create your class!
  12. 12. Create Your Class
  13. 13. Welcome To Your Blog. That Was Easy!
  14. 14. Control Panel• At the top right of the page, click on Control Panel• This takes you to your control panel, also called a Dashboard• From here you can change your settings, add students and classes, review posts and comments, and more
  15. 15. Your Control Panel
  16. 16. Multiple Classes• You can create as many classes as you want.• Each class can have its own list of students, and its own settings• Simply click Create New Class at the top left of your dashboard
  17. 17. Multiple Classes? No Problem!
  18. 18. View Your Classes
  19. 19. Add Students Manually
  20. 20. Adding Students• There are several ways to add students - Manually, and with Class Codes• Manual addition: singly or in bulk• Useful when adding existing students to a new class
  21. 21. General Settings
  22. 22. Important Settings• Title - The name of your blog• URL - The website address of your blog • Can be changed - preferably before students start using the blog• Sign Up Code - Allow students to join using a class code instead of manually adding them• Be sure to allow joining with a code if you use this option
  23. 23. Make It Pretty With Themes
  24. 24. Widgets
  25. 25. Blogroll• A Blogroll is a list of favorite websites• Be sure to include your classroom website if you have one• You may also want to link to other class blogs, or websites your students use regularly
  26. 26. Post Settings
  27. 27. Post Settings• Who May Read - Set the privacy level of your class • Visitors - public to anyone with the URL • Users in Classes - Only your class, or add other classes • Admin/Teacher Only• Post Approval - Require teacher approval before a student post goes live• Notify - notifies you when a student adds a new post for you to approve• Tags - keywords for posts to make it easier to search for specific topics
  28. 28. Comment Settings
  29. 29. Comment Settings• Who May Comment - restrict who can and cannot comment on posts• Comment Approval - require teacher approval of comments• Notify - receive notification when new comments are ready for review and approval
  30. 30. User Settings
  31. 31. Users Menu
  32. 32. Users Menu• Add new users• View users and their roles• Change user roles• Delete or modify users
  33. 33. Your Profile
  34. 34. Comments Menu
  35. 35. Comments Menu• View all comments• Filter by type or user• Approve / Mark As Spam / Delete Comments
  36. 36. Review Posts
  37. 37. Review Posts• Allows you and any moderators to view and approve posts• Filter by type or user
  38. 38. Add A Post
  39. 39. Add A Post• Simple to use editor - if you can use Word, you can write a blog post!• Add Media• Save Drafts or Publish• Set publication time and date• Set visibility• Add tags
  40. 40. View Your Blog
  41. 41. Setting Up Student Blogs
  42. 42. Student Login - Secret Code • Easiest way to add students is with a secret code • Students click the red Secret Code button • Enter class code • Choose display name and password
  43. 43. Student Login
  44. 44. Students Enter Class Code
  45. 45. Student Home Screen
  46. 46. Student Dashboard
  47. 47. Student Post Screen
  48. 48. Student Post Screen• Same editor as teachers• Fewer posting options• If you have required teacher/moderator review before posting, students will only be able to submit for review, not publish
  49. 49. Student Avatars
  50. 50. Avatars• Students love avatars• Library of kid-friendly avatars to choose from• Or take photos and upload them
  51. 51. Logging In Using Search
  52. 52. Logging In With Search• Search for class blog by teacher email or by URL• Search brings up a list of matching blogs to choose from
  53. 53. Select Your Class
  54. 54. Log In With URL• Easiest way to log in once students have an account• Go directly to blog URL and click Log In• Students select their display name and enter password
  55. 55. Log In With URL
  56. 56. Enter Username / Password
  57. 57. Yes, There’s An App For That!
  58. 58. Class Blog Examples• http://theedublogger.com/check-out- these-class-blogs/

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