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  • Blogging Tool, Message Board, Student e-mail with special safety featuresFree version is Advertisement supported. Paid version (without advertisements) is $3.00- $4.25 per student (depending on how many students subscribe). Content Monitoring- certain domains can be blocked by the teacher. 
  • Allow audience participant to create blog. Note: Content issues when user clicks on “Next Blog”
  • I. Add images from either Computer or The Web
  • Show some of the gadgets online. Categories: News, Tools, Communication, etc.
  • Formats accepted: avi, mpeg, QuickTime, Real, wmv (Windows media)--- 100 MB max. Make sure to check file size before uploading.
  • Free hosting site for podcasts.Advantage--- 1 website to host all your podcasts
  • Upload Photos
  • Locate saved images- I usually save to the Desktop- makes it easier to find.
  • Most images are in jpg file format. May take a while to upload- if so- choose 1 or 2 files at a time to upload.
  • Choose images to upload
  • Do not have to choose every category.
  • Choose transitions or a Cool Shape
  • Create Slideshows
  • Must Have!! USB Connection60 minutes of videoSoftware- includes capabilities to cut/edit videos, e-mail videosMicrophone- NOT ALL THAT GREAT!!!
  • Consumer Good website to compare digital cameras.I recommend a camera with: USB connection or SD card slot
  • Griffin Recorder for iPod-
  • Ipod Recorder
  • Encourage others to write State Senators & Representatives. Podcasts- Reader’s Theatres Videos- Brainyflix, Illustrate books, etc.Library Policies- Lost books, hours, library aides. Links- Public Libraries
  • Build A Better Blog

    1. 1. by Susan R. Wills
    2. 2. •Learn how to create a Blog •Learn how to import photos, slideshows, video, links, audi o, and gadgets into a Blog •Discover ways to use Blogs •Identify Blog Resources
    3. 3. Sign up by providing a Username and e-mail address
    4. 4. Click on the “Manage” tab. Click on the Title of the Post.
    5. 5. Simply type in text for Title and Post. Click on “Publish” Click on “Visit Site”
    6. 6. If you have a Google account (Gmail)- sign in with username and password. Click on Create a Blog No Google account? Set one up by clicking on
    7. 7. Enter and re-type e-mail address Enter and re-type password Type in Display name Type letters in Word Verification box Click
    8. 8.  Type a Name for your blog  Type blog address  Type word verification  Click
    9. 9. Choose a template (can be changed later) Click Start Blogging!
    10. 10. On the “Dashboard”- Click on Can also Edit Posts from this window
    11. 11. In the Dashboard- click on “Edit Posts” Click “Edit Posts” After editing, click “Publish Post”
    12. 12. Your blog has been published! You can edit your blog at You can view your blog at www.(yourblogname)
    13. 13. Before posting student pictures or information online--be sure to have a written permission and check your system’s Technology Resources Agreement . Example:
    14. 14. Step 1: Click on “Posting” Tab Step 2: Click on “Add Step 4: Click on Step 5: Click on Image” icon “Choose File” and locate photo Step 6: Click on Step 3: Choose on hard drive “Layout” and “Image Size” Step 7: Click on “Done”
    15. 15. Click on “Layout” tab Click on “Add a Gadget”
    16. 16. Basic Followers HTML/JavaScript* Text AdSense Picture Slide Show Video Bar Poll * Blog List Link List* Feed Newsreel Labels Subscription Links Logo Profile Blog Archive Page Header
    17. 17. Watch this video from YouTube on “How to Upload Video to Blogger”
    18. 18. Step 1: Save audio file (podcast) to your computer Step 2: Login to Step 3: Upload audio file to your Gcast account Step 4: Copy & paste url address for your Master Playlist into Blogger
    19. 19. Click on “Free Signup”
    20. 20.  Select a username Select a password First Name E-mail address Zip code
    21. 21. Click on “Upload Photos” Photos will be added to an album that will need to be named
    22. 22. Create a new Click “Choose File” album or upload Then “Upload Now” to an existing album
    23. 23. Locate images on computer or on the web Click “Open”
    24. 24. After files are chosen- click “Upload Now”
    25. 25. Choose photos to be added to slideshow by clicking on the thumbnails
    26. 26. Click on “Add Photos” Choose Skins, Decoratio ns, Glitter, Bord ers, Background s, etc.
    27. 27. Choose Transitions for photos Choose Shape of Slideshow
    28. 28. Copy Posting Code Paste in the “Posting” section on your blog
    29. 29. From this window- you can get the code, e- mail, edit, previe w or delete the Slideshow
    30. 30. Must Have!! Features: USB Connection 60 min Recording Time Built-In Microphone
    31. 31. Features to Look For: USB Connection SD card 4 Megapixels is sufficient Compare cameras at websites such as
    32. 32. Advertise your library •Raise money through donations •Include addresses of State Senators and Representatives Showcase student Learning Projects and Activities •Podcasts •Book Reviews •Videos •Slideshows of events (Read Across America) Source of Information for Parents, Students •Library Policies, rules, etc. •Links to websites •Accelerated Reading information