How to create a blog - Part One


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This tutorial on creating a blog was created by Dave Drake, Humanities AST for Wiltshire, based at Abbeyfield School in Chippenham, for the Wiltshire AST Network Meeting in June 2009

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How to create a blog - Part One

  1. 1. Setting up a website using Part 1 Presentation for the Wiltshire AST Network Meeting on 29 June 2009 Dave Drake Humanities Advanced Skills Teacher
  2. 4. <ul><li>Sign in with existing Google </li></ul><ul><li>account (or create a new </li></ul><ul><li>google account) </li></ul>
  3. 5. Creating a new account <ul><li>Select ‘Create your blog now’ icon </li></ul>
  4. 6. Create your Google account Enter your e-mail address. This can be any e-mail address you currently use Your display name will be used to sign each of the posts you create on your blog Once all fields are complete, select ‘continue’.
  5. 7. Creating your account
  6. 8. Name your blog This is the name that will appear at the top of your web page ( Art Teaching Wiltshire, The Wiltshire Art Teacher, Wilts Art Resources blog) TIP: Think of something people may often type into a search engine This will be your web address. I suggest using the same name as the title of your blog Don’t forget to check the availability though! Now you can move to the next stage
  7. 9. Choose the style Scroll down the page and select a style you like Select your chosen style Don’t take too much time over this now, you can easily change the template once the blog is set up Next stage
  8. 10. Congratulations fellow blogger!
  9. 11. Dashboard <ul><li>This is where you </li></ul><ul><li>view your </li></ul><ul><li>information, including </li></ul><ul><li>your personal profile, </li></ul><ul><li>how many </li></ul><ul><li>blogs you have, and </li></ul><ul><li>the blog information. </li></ul>Now select ‘settings’
  10. 12. Add authors to the blog <ul><li>Click on “settings” in the </li></ul><ul><li>Dashboard </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the “Permission” tab </li></ul><ul><li>under “settings” </li></ul><ul><li>Click on “Add Authors” </li></ul>Maybe there is more than one AST for your subject area (lucky you!) and you would like to share the workload
  11. 13. Add authors to the blog <ul><li>Type in the email of the person you want to invite to the blog </li></ul><ul><li>Then click on invite </li></ul><ul><li>Your colleague should receive email messages inviting them to participate in this blog. </li></ul>
  12. 14. Add a description to your front page Say something about your blog This will let viewers know what it is for Once complete, scroll down the page and ‘SAVE SETTINGS’
  13. 15. Who can view and comment? Scroll down the page and change the settings to suit you Remember to save the changes once complete
  14. 16. Creating a Post <ul><li>Select the ‘posting’ icon </li></ul>Ensure that you have the ‘compose’ screen open Give your post a title Now write what you want Also, give your post a category
  15. 17. Lets create your first post! The AST Network Meeting I hope you are following this tutorial. The aim by the end of the day is to have created a simple blog to help you with your AST work in the county Now publish Label the post ‘Blog training’
  16. 18. Have a look!
  17. 19. Your published post
  18. 20. Lets add an image
  19. 21. Add an image to your post Select ‘customise’
  20. 22. Add an image We need to get back and edit the post we have just uploaded. Select ‘Posting’
  21. 23. This time we want to edit an existing post rather than create a new one
  22. 24. Select the relevant post – you should only have one here so far
  23. 25. Add an Image <ul><li>Click on image icon </li></ul><ul><li>Click on “Browse” in the pop up window </li></ul>Once you have selected a picture file, decide on the size you would like and the alignment on the page Now you can upload the image to your post
  24. 26. Select ‘DONE’
  25. 27. Ready to publish again Select ‘PUBLISH POST’ again
  26. 28. Have a look again
  27. 30. Add a hyperlink to your post Select ‘customise’ In order to link to another webpage, video or resource on the net, you will need to insert a hyperlink
  28. 31. Add a hyperlink We need to get back and edit the post we have just uploaded. Select ‘Posting’
  29. 32. Select the relevant post – you should only have one here so far
  30. 33. Create a hyperlink <ul><li>Select the word tutorial to insert a hyperlink </li></ul>3. Type in the URL: 4. Click OK 2. Select the link icon
  31. 34. Now publish your post again
  32. 35. Have a look!
  33. 36. Test the hyperlink Click on the word ‘tutorial’ and see if it takes you to my site To navigate back to your page from mine, selct the backwards blue arrow at the top of the page (NOT THE RED X at the top right)
  34. 37. Add a You Tube Video Minimize your Blogger screen and open up You Tube Now search for a You Tube video and copy the embed code
  35. 38. Paste the Codes <ul><li>Create a new post as you did before </li></ul><ul><li>This time, rather than ‘compose’ click on “Edit HTML” to make sure you are in HTML mode (that allows you to paste the You Tube embed codes). </li></ul><ul><li>Paste the codes where you want the video to be. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget to give your post a title and assign it to a category (Label) </li></ul><ul><li>Finally ‘Publish post’ </li></ul>
  36. 39. Published post
  37. 40. Over to you! <ul><li>Have a play </li></ul><ul><li>Add some resources (pictures, links to other websites, You Tube clips) </li></ul><ul><li>Later, we can look at adding labels (index), </li></ul><ul><li>embedding clips in the margin and anything </li></ul><ul><li>else you fancy! </li></ul>