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Creating a blog in edu blog

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Creating a blog in edu blog

  1. 1. CREATING A BLOG Using Edublogs.org
  2. 2. 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 of media. • Resource: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blog
  3. 3. What is a blog?
  4. 4. Differences between a Wiki and a Blog Wiki Users share writing and multimedia Users may change information Users create a collective work Group consensus Blog Users share writing and multimedia Users cannot change posted information Users comment on posts Individual opinion
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. Intro Video • http://player.vimeo.com/video/71446433
  7. 7. Create an Account • Fill out the form • Click Start Blogging
  8. 8. Login • 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.
  9. 9. Dashboard • Main Navigation Pane is on the left • This Blog, My Account, and Recent Comments modules are on the right
  10. 10. Themes & Appearance • Apply a theme by scrolling through the options or searching. • Click on Live Preview • Click on Save & Activate
  11. 11. User Roles • 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 posts. 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.
  12. 12. Add A User • Click on Add New • Type in the person’s e-mail address or user name • Give them a role
  13. 13. Post Components 1. Post Title – Tells the reader what the post is about. A 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 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 blog about.
  14. 14. 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.
  15. 15. Post Visibility
  16. 16. 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 zone. • Writing Settings – Controls your writing experience. • 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.
  17. 17. Settings & Privacy • Media Settings – Controls how your media is displayed. • 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.
  18. 18. Complete User Guide • There is a complete user guide for EduBlog found at: http://help.edublogs.org/user-guide/. • Several tutorial videos are on the help site and on YouTube.

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