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Welcome to the second step in our free professional learning series on class and student blogging!

The tasks can be completed at your own pace and in any order!

The aim of this step is to:

  1. Help you understand how pages are used on class blog
  2. Set up an About page, Guidelines page and Contact page on your class blog.

Introduction to pages

Pages on blogs are normally used for information that you want to share with your readers but don’t expect to update frequently.

The main things to remember are:

  1. Pages are best suited for information you rarely update such as your About, Contact and Blogging Guidelines pages.
  2. Situations where you want students to discuss a question or topic are better suited to publish as a post and not a page.
  3. Assignment and homework information is normally best published as posts and not on a page.
  4. Too many pages can make information harder to manage and find.

If you look closely at a page you will see it is normally made up of:

  1. Page Title – tells the reader what the page is about.
  2. Your page content – this is information you want to share on this page
  3. Comments – most Edublogs themes support comments at the bottom of the page.  This allows your readers to add a comment to your page.   There are situations where you don’t want comments on pages.  Here is how to disable comments on pages.

Watch the following video to learn more about the difference between pages and posts.

Why you need an About page

You never know how someone might find your blog – google search, twitter, facebook, or a link from somewhere else.

One of the first things a new visitor looks for is your ‘About’ page.

The reasons for having an About page on a Class blog include:

  1. To provide information for your students,  parents and families about the purpose of your class blog and how to use it.
  2. To help your class connect with other classes in other locations and countries.

Below’s the type of information you might include on your About page:

For students and parents To connect with other classes
  • What is a blog
  • Reasons why you use a class blog
  • About the teacher(s)
  • How to connect with the blog such as subscribe to blog, comment on posts, guidelines for writing appropriate comments
  • Teacher(s) contact details
  • Country, state and town your class is located
  • Grade level, subject and age of students
  • The types of connections your class is interested in such as becoming blogging buddies, engaging in global projects
  • Type and size of school
  • Class or teacher contact details

 

Examples of About pages on Class blogs

Check out the following examples to see how About pages are used on Class blogs:

  1. Mr Salsich’s Class (Grade 3)
  2. Mr Baldock’s Class (Grade 3)
  3. Present with Ms B’s Bloggers (Grade 4) – About Class, About our blog, What is a blog? and About Ms B
  4. Huzzah ( Grade 6/7)
  5. Mr Miller’s Classroom (Grade 7 History)
  6. Tipperary Station School Blog

Create your About page

Sample PageAll newly created blogs come with a ‘Sample page‘ created.

All you need to do is edit the ‘Sample page’ to change it into your About page

Here’s how you create your About page:

1.  Go to Pages > All Pages.

All pages

2.  Hover your mouse over the Sample Page title to bring up the action menus.

3.  Now click on Edit.

Click Edit

4.  Change the title of your page from Sample Page to About page.

5.  Edit the permalink to change it to about.

It should now look like this!

Edit title

6.  Now just add your about information and when finished click Update.

Add your information

Visual editor Overview

The area where you write your pages and posts is by default in Visual Editing mode which uses WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) option for formatting.

It works similar to any Word processing software.

Simply write your post, highlight any text you want to format, and then click the appropriate button in the toolbar to add formatting such as bold, italics, or a numbered list.

The Show/Hide Kitchen Sink button is used to view the advanced formatting options in the second row including heading styles, underlining, font color, custom characters, undo, redo.

You switch between Visual Editing mode and HTML editing mode by clicking on the Visual or Text tab.

Visual editor

Below is a quick video tutorial on the visual editor:

Why have blogging guidelines

An important part of using an online tool with students is educating them on appropriate online behavior.  Just because your students grew up with technology doesn’t mean they appreciate or understand what is appropriate to post online.

Your class blog provides an excellent opportunity to educate students, parents and other readers on proper online behavior such as:

  1. Types of identifying information that is appropriate in posts and/or comments such as ‘What are your rules about use of last names, IM, images and personal information?’
  2. What you should and shouldn’t write in posts and comments.

Some guidelines may be specific to your school and your school policies.  Be sure to check your school’s policies and make sure they are included – especially when it comes to using student names and photos on a public blog.

Creating your blogging rules and guidelines is something you can do yourself or or as a whole of class activity.  Getting students to be part of a collaborative discussion on guidelines gives students more ownership of the guidelines and a better understanding of what is required.

If you want to include Online Safety activities as part of the process then, Larry Ferlazzo’s The Best Sites For Learning Online Safety post is a good starting place to identify suitable resources.

Examples of Blogging Guidelines

Check out the blogging and comments guidelines on the following class blogs for ideas.

  1. Mrs Hammon’s Class Blog Commenting Guidelines (Grade 3)
  2. Mr Baldock’s Class Blog Blog Guidelines (Grade 3)
  3. Present with Ms B’s Bloggers (Grade 4) – How to Comment
  4. Miss Jordan’s Class Blog Blogging Guidelines (Grade 4)
  5. Grade 4/5 at Napoleons Primary School blog’s Guidelines (Grade 4/5)
  6. Huzzah’s Commenting Guidelines (Grade 5/6)
  7. Mrs McNally’s Mumblings Student Blog Guidelines and Student Comment Guidelines (High School English)
  8. English 10 Blog Posts and Blog Comments.

Create your blogging guideline page

Once you’ve decided what you want to include in your rules and guidelines it is now just a case of publishing them on your blog as follows:

1.  Go to Pages > Add New.

Add New

2.  Now just give your page a title, add your content and click Publish.

Add new page

Making contact easy

Those that visit your blog might also have a need to contact you.  This makes it easier for parents to contact you and for other classes to connect with you.

Many teachers choose to create an entirely separate “Contact” page to go with the “About” page.

Here are some tips to consider:

  • It’s best not to put your email address on your blog. A contact form (using a contact or form plugin) is better as it protects you email address from spammers.
  • If you do want to provide your email, use text and something like support (at) edublogs (dot) org or an image of your email address to make it hard for spammers to pull your email address.  Here’s an email icon generator you can use.
  • Home phone numbers are probably not something you want to share as well – but perhaps a classroom phone number is.

Other things to share might include facebook, twitter, or other social media profile information.  Some of these are also shared by adding widgets to your class blog.  We’ll show you how this is done later in this series.

Class blog contact page examples:

  1. Using Contact Form plugin – The Avery Bunch Contact page.
  2. Using the Formidable Pro plugin – Larry Ferlazzo’s Website of the Day Contact page.

Create your contact page

Once you’ve decided what you want to include on your contact page, and if you want to use a contact form, it is just a case creating a contact page.

Here’s how to create a contact page using the Contact form plugin:

1.  Go to Plugins > All

All Plugins

2.  Activate the Contact Form plugin.

Activate

3.  Go To Settings > Contact Form.

Settings page

4.  Add your email address and click Update Options.

Add contact details

5.  Go to Pages > Add New.

Add New

6.  Now just give your page a title, add your content, the contact form code and click Publish.

Add the shortcode

Here’s how to create a contact page using the Formidable Pro plugin:

1.  Go to Plugins > All

All Plugins

2.  Activate the Formidable Pro plugin.

Activate the plugin

3.  Go to Formidable > Forms.

Forms

4.  Click on Add New

Click on Add New

5.  Select Contact Us and then Create.

Select Contact US

6.  Hover your mouse over the Captcha field, now click  Trash to delete it.

Delete captcha

7.  Now just edit the contact form to customize it to your needs.

  • The * next to a field means this is required information to submit the form.
  • Clicking on the * changes it to not required
  • Clicking on the Title allows you to edit the name.

Form

7.  You can update the email address by clicking on Settings > Emails.

Change email

8.  Once you’ve made all changes click Update.

9.  Now go back to Formidable > Forms and grab your Contact Us shortcode.

Copy shortcode

10.  Go to Pages > Add New.

Add New

11.  Add a page title, your content, the Contact Us shortcode and click Publish.

Add the shortcode

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Other types of pages

There’s lot of different types of pages you can add to class blogs.

The main things to remember are:

  1. Pages are best suited for information you rarely update such as your About, Contact and Blogging Guidelines pages.
  2. Situations where you want students to discuss a question or topic are better suited to publish as a post and not a page.
  3. Assignment and homework information is normally best published as posts and not on a page.
  4. Too many pages can make information harder to manage and find.

We’ll show you how to use posts in the Step 3 of our class and student blogging series.

Other types of pages used on class blogs include:

  1. How to comment – Grade 4/5 at Napoleons Primary School How to Comment,  Mr. Salsich’s How to comment, Mrs Yollis’s How to comment video
  2. What is a blog & why we blog – Mr Baldock’s Class Blog Parents/Carers
  3. Resource links – Mr. Salsich’s Learning Links
  4. Events Calendar – Mr Baldock’s Class Blog Calendar

Setting up page links

Some themes automatically add a link to pages in their top navigation while on other themes you need to add a pages widget or set up a custom menu to add the page links.

Personally I prefer to set up my top navigation using a custom menu as links in the top navigation are easier for readers and it allows you to customize the links considerably more.

Custom menu example

You’ll find step by step instructions for setting up custom menus here.

Common Asked Pages Questions

Here’s answers to commonly asked questions we receive into Edublogs Support:

1.  How do you disable comments on pages?

Most Edublogs themes support comments on pages and by default comments are enabled on pages.

You can disable comments on pages using Quick Edit as follows:

1. Go to to Pages > All Pages

All pages

2. Locate the post or page you want to disable comments on

3. Hover over it’s title to bring up it’s action menu.

Click on Quick Edit

4. Click on Quick Edit, deselect ‘Allow Comments’ and then click on Update.

Deselect Comments

2.  Why won’t comments display on pages?

Most Edublogs themes now support comments on pages however there are a few themes that don’t.

If the theme you are using doesn’t support comments on pages, and you would like this feature, then you will need to use an alternative theme.

3.  What does the Nothing Found message on my front page mean? By default, the front page of your blog is set to display your latest posts.

If you delete the default “Hello World’ post before you publish a new post then your front page will display ‘Nothing Found’, ’404 – Not Found Error’ or something similar depending on the theme you are using.

This message is displayed because there is nothing to display on your front page.

Not found message

You’ll find step by step instructions on how to fix a Not Found message here.

3.  Is it possible to publish posts to different pages on my blog?

We’re often asked if it is possible to add posts to other pages, rather than just the front page of the blog.    This is commonly asked by educators who want to use one blog for multiple classes or subjects – check out Mr Cartlidge’s Science Blog to see how it works.

And yes you can!  But it does involve slightly advanced blogging skills.  You’ll find step by step instructions for sending posts to different pages here.

Your Task

Blogging is about sharing, collaborating, and learning from each-other. Here’s your chance to ask a question, comment, and get involved!

Complete the following tasks:

  1. Create an About Page, How to Comment page, Blogging Guides page or Contact page and then leave a link to your new page so we can have a look at how you went.  Remember to refer to the examples we’ve provided for ideas!
  2. Read through the most recent comments in reply to this post and leave a response to another person’s comment.

Remember to leave a link to your blog in your comment so we can have a look at your new blog!

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  1. Hello,

    I am new to blogging and I’m trying to teach my kids the gist of their own student blogs. Can students add pages? I cannot find out how. I have followed the directions on the “Set up Pages” post but they don’t have the options.

    Thanks to anyone who can help!

    • Hi Mrs. Posten, you’ve added your students as users to the class blog and they are set to moderation in My Class > Settings. This means they can submit posts as pending review on the class blog but can’t add a page to the blog. If you want students to have their own page then you need to set up a student blog for each student using My Class > Create Student blogs using the existing user options. Send us an email at support@edublogs.org if you would like more detailed instructions.

      Sue Waters
      Support Manager
      Edublogs | CampusPress

      • Sue,

        Thank you for the info. Would my students have to be able to access an actual email account for their own blog. Our district provides a “Google Apps” account for all students Grades 3-12 however they do not have access to the email portion until they are 13 or in 7th grade. Mine are in 6th.

        Thanks, Chelsea

        • Hi Chelsea

          They won’t need to have access to an email account for you to set up their blogs.

          You can create their blogs using My Class > Create Student blogs using the gmail+ method with a preset password. We explain how this is done here – http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/step-11-set-up-student-blogs/

          Sue Waters
          Support Manager
          Edublogs | CampusPress

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  3. HI, I’ve set up some pages but want to change the order they appear along the top. Is there an easy way to do this?
    http://wollemidhs.edublogs.org/
    http://wollemidhs.edublogs.org/user-guidelines/
    http://wollemidhs.edublogs.org/sample-page/
    http://wollemidhs.edublogs.org/writing-a-post/
    And why is one coming up in the link as a sample page? It started as that…… Thanks

    Also, one of my students has posted an image (a commix he made online) but it is too small to see properly. Is there any way to enlarge images without cropping?

    • HI Mrs Kidd

      Thanks for sharing links to your new pages! Your blog is coming along well. If you use the sample page you need to edit the permalink to change it to a new URL. I’ve edited it for you so it now is http://wollemidhs.edublogs.org/why-blog/

      I assume you meant the comic in this post – http://wollemidhs.edublogs.org/2016/10/28/joy/ If so, I’ve inserted the image as a full size image, have linked media file and activated the Lightbox for images plugin – http://help.edublogs.org/lightbox-for-images/ When a reader clicks on the image the full size image loads as an overlay over the post so it can be viewed better.

      Sue Waters
      Support Manager
      Edublogs | CampusPress

  4. Here is my “about” page, and you can find the blogging guideline tabs on there as well. Life got in the way of this for a bit, but we are back up and learning!

    http://mrskiddqv.edublogs.org/about/

    • Hi Mrs Kidd

      Thanks for sharing a link to your About page. You’ve done great work setting up your About page, blogging guidelines and commenting guidelines.

      Sue Waters
      Support Manager
      Edublogs | CampusPress

  5. I am enjoying looking at everyone’ blogs. I am setting up my blog along with the other art teacher in our building. She is a bit ahead of me with the challenge, but I am getting there. She had you set up her twitter link with her blog with her widgets. Could you do that for me, as well? We do share the same twitter account, but have separate blogs. The twitter handle is “jtlart”. Thank you!
    https://shemansky.edublogs.org

    • Sorry for the delayed reply! I’ve now added the twitter widget to your sidebar.

      Sue Waters
      Support Manager
      Edublogs | CampusPress

    • Hi “nicholej”

      Thank you for sharing your pages. Your school looks like it’s in an amazing area!

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs | CampusPress
      @Edublogs_Eugene

    • I love your blog so far! 🙂

  6. I see some pages with their twitter feed linked in as a widget…how do you do this? I really want to do this, too!!

    • Hi “jtlart”

      Twitter feeds are added to text widgets as embed codes. If you share your twitter handle with me I’ll set it up for you.

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs | CampusPress
      @Edublogs_Eugene

    • Hi Michelle,

      The security settings in Formidable restricts the user role to Admin. Your user role was changed to teacher, which is why you could not see Formidable. This has now been fixed.

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
      @Edublogs_Eugene

    • Hi ‘akrzewina’

      I really enjoy the look and feel of your blog. The yellow combined with the header image is very effective.

      The photos add to your about page, but you might want to include them in the text. We have done this for you to show you how it is done – http://help.edublogs.org/image-alignment/

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
      @Edublogs_Eugene

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
      @Edublogs_Eugene

  7. I created some pages but they aren’t popping up on my actual site. What do I do.

    • Hi Caitlin

      Please provide a link to your blog so we can help you with this.

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
      @Edublogs_Eugene

    • Hi “Forestdweller”

      Well done on setting up your Blogging Guideline page.

      I see you have not yet set up a Custom Menu, so we set one up for you. You can see the Custom Menu by going to Appearance > Menu in your dashboard – http://help.edublogs.org/custom-menu/

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
      @Edublogs_Eugene

  8. I have created an About Page and Student Comment Guidelines page. I am trying to create a Contact Me page, but I am having difficulty with the contact form although I have a pro account. I have sent a message for help since the formidable is not showing in my navigation bar. desireebeard.edublogs.org

    • Hi Mrs. Beard

      Thank you for your Abut Page. It is very informative.

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
      @Edublogs_Eugene

    • Your About Page is very candid. You encourage developing writers and advocate for blogging. I will be sure to check back on the blog later.

    • Hi Mrs. Baumgard

      Well don on creating your About Page. We suggest you ad an image or two to give your About Page some context.

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
      @Edublogs_Eugene

  9. Hi! I’m working on a Contact page and am trying to follow directions, but it looks like the Contact Form can only be used for paying Pro members — is that true?

    • Hi Ms. Almasi

      The contact form is an Edublogs Pro plugin.

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
      @Edublogs_Eugene

    • I tried to check out your page but it looks like there’s a password required…

    • Maybe you could write a short statement on the purposes of commenting, giving positive feedback, engaging in conversation…?

  10. I thought this was so helpful! It answered questions I didn’t even know how to ask!
    kbocklage.edublogs.org

      • Hi Ms. Bocklage

        I added reCAPTCHA to your form to ensure that you do no get spammed. Please navigate to Formidable > Global Settings to omplete the reCAPTCHA settings.

        Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
        @Edublogs_Eugene

      • Great start!! I look forward to seeing what you do next!!

        • Mrs. Baumgard
        • /
        • /
      • I’m hoping to create a contact form, too, but the ‘formidable’ is not showing in my navigation bar!

  11. I have decided to have a page for each of my classes so they can respond to different blog posts easier. I would be happy to hear thoughts on this. I am at http://jaakre.edublogs.org/

    • Hi Jennifer

      We recommend you set up a Post Category for each subject and add a menu item that opens each Post Category.
      Subject Posts can then be assigned to each Post Category, and easily found by your students.

      The following is an example of a blog using this approach for Classes – http://sgpsartflash.edublogs.org/

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
      @Edublogs_Eugene

    • a Liverpoo game… 🙂 🙂

  12. Hello! I have added two pages so far (still not 100% complete) to my blog. I plan on adding a contact page and how to comment page when our blog goes public. I am waiting until Back-to-School night to gauge how parents would feel about opening the blog to all edublog users, and hopefully after explaining the benefits we will be able to do so! I am very excited to introduce blogging to my students! My blog is http://missfellows161.edublogs.org/ and I would love feedback on how to improve it!
    Thanks!

    • Hi Miss Fellow,

      Once you start adding more Posts, your home page will start taking shape.
      You might consider making the ‘Welcome” post sticky so that is is always visible on your Home Page.
      Adding Post Categories will group your posts and make it easier for site visitors to find your content.

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
      @Edublogs_Eugene

  13. I am continuing to work on the blog! Here’s my about me section http://mrskurka724.edublogs.org/sample-page/

    I still really like super six sevens site. It’s laid out the way that is easy for me to understand and would work well with my students level of understanding!

    • Hi Jenna, thank you for sharing your page.

      From the image on your about page you live in an amazing environment!

      We have renamed your About Page URL so it is easier to find – http://mrskurka724.edublogs.org/about/

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
      @Edublogs_Eugene

  14. It was hard work but finally I have a contact page, a page “about me” and another one with blogging and comments guidelines:
    http://tiradelalengua.edublogs.org/contacto/
    http://tiradelalengua.edublogs.org/sobre-este-blog/
    http://tiradelalengua.edublogs.org/expresate/
    I feel that I might change these as I go along, but I think it was a good exercise for me and I worked really hard on the content. It made me think a lot about what kind of work I am going to do and what I expect from my students.

    • I really enjoyed visiting and reading from your blog. I understand wanting to change things as the year progresses. I think it looks fantastic!

  15. When I looked at the example blogs in the first step, I really felt like a rookie: “wow, there’s no way my blog will look like that and have so much information available.”

    After this step, I’m definitely feeling a little better about it all!

    The About page feels like the most polished of the bunch (pictures really help with that sense): http://mellywrites.edublogs.org/about-ms-melly-and-this-blog/

    Both the Student Blog Guidelines and the Student Commenting Guidelines are stolen wholesale from McNally’s Mumblings, with many thanks for her permission: http://mellywrites.edublogs.org/student-blog-guidelines/
    http://mellywrites.edublogs.org/student-commenting-guidelines/

    The Contact page looks a little squished in this particular blog style, so I may experiment with it or see what the other form plugin looks like:
    http://mellywrites.edublogs.org/contact-ms-melly/

    I also discovered the Student Blogging Challenge today–I’m really glad that there’s a structure to walk students through the creation of their own blogs. Not sure yet if I will use it as a jumping-off point as we set up our blogs independently in August, or if I’ll wait for the Challenge to begin in Sept/Oct to dive in.

    • Hi Melly,

      Great to hear you are feeling more confident about blogging.

      I suggest you add reCAPTCHA to your contact form so you do not get spammed.

      I added reCAPTCHA to your contact form. You need to add the security information from here https://www.google.com/recaptcha/intro/index.html to Formidable > Global Settings in your dashboard.

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
      @Edublogs_Eugene

    • Your blog looks really good! I hadn’t thought of linking Google Classroom and Remind, both of which I use, to my blog. Thanks for the idea!

    • Your blog is looking great. I really like how you included a way for parents to get information for Remind. I also like how you included a photo and image on your about page. It makes me want to stare at the page even longer.

    • IYour blog looks really nice and inviting. I love the pictures.

  16. I’ve slowly developed and altered the pages on my blog over the course of the year.
    This is my “Using Blogs in our Classroom” page, which I have kept the same from the start: http://56seps2016.edublogs.org/using-blogs-in-our-classroom/
    I’ve recently worked out how to add sub-pages to my main menu as well, so I have added these to both my Term 3 PBL and Term 3 English pages, to prevent there being an overload of information on each page.
    My newest page is the Term 3 English Page: http://56seps2016.edublogs.org/term-3-english/
    I’d love some suggestions on how to make it more user friendly for ease of access if possible!

    • Hi Miss Zecchin,

      I see you have a lot of pages. Sometimes it is better to use posts, especially for content that is updated over time, and add these posts to Post Categories. The Post Category widget the groups your Posts into manageable chunks.

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
      @Edublogs_Eugene

  17. Here’s my updated class blog with about, contact, and guidelines. I got the contact form to work before I added the reCAPTCHA (which I think is really cool and I want it to work). Any ideas? http://mshubbard314.edublogs.org/

    • Hi Ms. Hubbard

      We have added the reCAPTCHA for you. The reCAPTCHA fiels is double-cllicked in the formidable form, and it is then added.

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
      @Edublogs_Eugene

  18. I started creating pages, the About Me page is what I spent most of my time on. I won’t have a classroom this year so I have time to work on the other pages. I added a Blogging Guide page and will keep working on it. I’m bummed the contact plug-in isn’t free unless you have Pro.
    http://pullittogether.edublogs.org/about/

    • Hi Britta,

      Thank you for sharing your About Page.
      Have you thought of adding a photo to your About Page to make it more personal?

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support
      @Edublogs_Eugene

    • I felt the same way about the contact plug-in, but I may be upgrading to pro soon anyway.

      • Me, too. I began a basic blog last year, and it was successful. This year, I’m exploring other possibilities, but I’m not yet reading to go “Pro.” I already have a Welcome page, which is essentially an About page. mrsliebson.edublogs.org.

  19. I am creating a blog for a 2 teacher classroom, so some of my pages are password protected at the moment because the info. on there has not been reviewed by my teaching partner. I have created an About Page, Contact Us Page, and a Guidelines page which you can view here: http://msbmsd.edublogs.org/guidelines-safety/.