Student Blogging Activity 8 (Beginners): Add your student blogs to your blogroll

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Your class blog is the central hub that connects your student blogs together; making it easier to share their learning, interact with each other and a global audience.

The blogroll on your class blog is what links together all the blogs — helping you, your students and others locate the student blogs easily.

In this eight activity you will:

  1. Learn what is a blogroll.
  2. Learn how to add links to your blogroll and how to use Link Categories to organise student blogs
  3. Learn how to edit links.
  4. Learn how to add your blog roll to your sidebar
  5. Set up your blogroll
  6. Complete the extension activity (if you have time)

Step 1: What is a Blogroll?

A blogroll is a list of links that you display on your blog.

Bloggers commonly use blogrolls to list their favourite blogs.  Blogrolls help readers locate other blogs worth reading — you are saying “these are some blogs I like – which are worth checking out!”

Blogrolls on class blogs are used slightly differently.  The blogroll on your class blog is what links together all the blogs — helping you, your students and others locate the student blogs easily.

Here’s an example of a blogroll on Leawood Middle School Blogs.

Blog roll on a class blog

Step 2:  Adding Links To Your Blogroll

Every newly created Edublog has the same default widgets in its sidebars — including a blogroll.

You add links to your student blogs as follows:

1.  Go to Links > Add New

2.  Add the first name of your student (and initial of last name if necessary) to the Name Module

Tips:

  • Normally only first names of students are used online.
  • This is the text that will be clickable and takes you to their blog

Adding name to Name Module

3.  Add the student’s blog URL to the Web Address Module

Add blog URL to web address module

4.  Select Blogroll in the Categories Module and click Add Link

Setting up the blogroll

You can sort students from different classess into separate categories as follows:

1.  Click on Add A New Category in the Categories Module

Click on Add new category

2.  Add the Class name then click Add

Creating a new link Category

3.  Now instead of selecting blogroll you just choose the correct category for their Class and click Add Link

Step 3: Editing links

After adding links, you may want to edit them or delete the default links included on the blogroll of newly created Edublog.

1.  Go to Links > Edit

2.   To delete a link, hover over the link name and click the Delete option that appears below it.

3.  To delete multiple links, select several links and then choose Delete from the drop down Bulk Action menu, and click Apply.

4.  To edit a link, hover over the link name and click the Edit option that appears below it.

5.  An edit screen will open — just edit the link details and then click Update Link

Editing links

Step 4: Adding your blogroll to your sidebar

The Links Widget  is used to display the links you added to your blogroll in your sidebar.

Every newly created Edublog has the same default widgets in its sidebars — including a blogroll.

However,  when you add any widget to a newly created blog (via Appearance > Widgets) it automatically removes the default Edublogs widgets.

  • If you want to keep the link to log into your blog dashboard you’ll need to add your meta widget back into your sidebar once you’ve added the links widget.

You add your blogroll back into the sidebar as follows:

1.  Go to Appearance > Widgets in your Dashboard

Appearance > Widget page

2.  Click on the desired Sidebar to expand (so you can add the widgets)

3.  Drag the Links Widget from the Available Widgets area into the Sidebar area on the right

Adding Links widget to sidebar

Step 5: Set up your blogroll

Check out how Leawood Middle School Blogs set up the blogroll for their student blogs and then set up your blogroll on your class blog.

Alternatively, if your students don’t have their own blogs then create a blogroll of links to helpful websites.

Please leave a comment on this post if you need help setting up your blogroll! We’re always here to help!

Step 6: Complete the extension activity (if you have time)

Have you joined the Student Blogging Challenge?   There’s still time to join!  Check it out.

And for those that are currently participating in the Student Blogging Challenge – we’d love to hear from you and your students!

Please leave a comment to let us know how you are going with the Student Blogging Challenge.

Here is where you find the other activities from this series:

Thanks to everyone who is participating in the 30 Days to Get Started Blogging with your students!

And if you missed out, it is never too late to work through the challenges at your own pace!

You can always form your own team with other educators and work together!

  1. Student Blogging Activity 1 (Beginner): Setting Up Your Class Blog
  2. Student Blogging Activity 2 (Beginner): Setting Up Rules & Guidelines
  3. Student Blogging Activity 3 (Beginner) – Teaching Quality Commenting
  4. Student Blogging Activity 4 (Beginner) – Helping Parents Connect with your Class Blog
  5. Student Blogging Activity 5 (Beginner): Add Students To Your Class Blog So They Can Write Posts
  6. Student Blogging Activity 6 (Beginner): Add A Visitor Tracking Widget To Your Blog Sidebar
  7. Student Blogging Activity 7 (Beginner): Set up your student blogs
  8. Student Blogging Activity 8 (Beginners): Add your student blogs to your blogroll
  9. Student Blogging Activity 9 (Beginners): Add Your Student Blogs To A Folder In Google Reader

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  5. Hi. I just set up a blogroll of my students’ blogs using these instructions. When I click on one of the student blogs, I get this message, “You are about to log in to the site “edublogs.org” with the username “bio104brittany”, but the website does not require authentication. This may be an attempt to trick you.

    Is “edublogs.org” the site you want to visit?”.

    If I say YES, I am shunted to the edublogs home page, if I say NO, nothing happens. I have tried to read the student blogs both being logged in as myself, and without being logged in at all.

    Any advice? Thanks!

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