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

The aim of this step is to:

  1. Help you understand how posts are used on class blog.
  2. Provide tips of writing effective posts.
  3. Teach you how to publish your first posts.


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Introduction to Posts

Your posts are where you’ll publish your main content such as what’s been happening in class. assignment information, documents, and more.  They are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order with the most recent post at the top of the page.

By default, your home page is your blog post page and this is where you’ll see your new posts published.

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

  1. Post Title – tells the reader what the post is about.  A great post title grabs readers attention and is more likely to encourage them to read your post.
  2. Date published – all post display the date a post was published.  You’ll normally see this displayed at the top of the post.
  3. Written by – most themes display the name of the post author.  Your username is automatically displayed unless you’ve changed your display name.
  4. Your post content – this is the main information that you want to share or reflect on with your readers
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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


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Who writes posts on class blogs

If you look closely at class blogs you’ll see on some blogs only the teacher publishes posts while on others both the teacher and students publish posts or the students publish posts on their own student blogs.

Here are example of the different approaches:

It’s really up to you which approach you use.

If you do decide you want your students to publish posts we recommend the best approach, regardless of student age, is to introduce blogging slowly in the following order:

  1. You write posts on the class blog.
  2. Students write comments in response to your posts (you focus on teaching them quality commenting skills).
  3. Students write posts on class blog or their own student blog.

Most educators with successful blogging programs use the following scaffolding approach:

Introducing blogging to students

As Jan Smith says:

 The big idea is to go slow to go fast.

If you don’t lay the groundwork by building a community of trust, risk, support with your kids they fail big.

Reading and commenting have to be the core, or else a blog is just a digital bulletin board.

We’ll show you how to teach quality commenting skills and how to add students to blogs so they can publish posts later in this professional learning series on class and student blogging.

For now we’ll focus on teaching you how to write your first posts.

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Post examples

What do you publish as posts on your class blog?  Pretty much anything you want to share with students, families and other educators you’ll publish as a post.  What’s been happening in class. student work, assignments. homework information, documents — there’s so much you can share!

Here’s some examples of first posts, or posts for the new school year, to check out for ideas:

Check out The Edublogger’s Class Blog list for more ideas on what the teachers post on their class blogs!

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How to publish a post

1.  Go to Posts > Add New.

Add New

2.  Give your post a title and add your content.

Add your content

3.  Add your tags and categories (learn about categories and tags here).

Add your categories

4.  When finished writing click Publish.

Click Publish

3.  Presto! Your post will now display on your blog so others can read!

Below is a quick video tutorial on publishing a new post:

Previewing your Draft

Before you publish your post it is a good idea to use the Preview option to see what it looks like to your readers.

You preview a post by clicking on Save Draft and then click Preview. This opens up a draft version of your post in a new tab.

Preview

Then just go back to your draft and make any changes you want!


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Introduction to the visual editor

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

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, number list.

The Show/Hide Kitchen Sink button is used to view the advanced formating options 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:


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Tips for writing better blog posts

Reading online is different from reading in a text book.

The easier to read and more engaging your posts are the more likely they’ll be read and the better your message will be conveyed.

Here’s some tips to help you write better posts on class blogs:

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1.  Use short paragraphs

Posts with really long paragraphs are harder to read online.

Best options are:

  • Break your posts up with paragraphs.
  • The more paragraphs the better.
  • Short paragraphs are better than long.
  • If you need to make some paragraphs one or two sentences long so they are visually easier to read online then do it if needed!
  • Make the first sentence of each paragraph make your readers want to read the rest of the paragraph.


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2.  Use Headings

Use headings, and where appropriate bullet points and number lists, to break up the post into manageable bit size chunks.

Creating a heading is as simple as:

  1. Highlight the text you want to change into a heading
  2. Select the Heading Style you want to apply from the advanced formatting toolbar (you access the advanced formatting toolbar by clicking on the Show/Hide Kitchen sink icon) – for most themes your best option is Heading 3
  3. Preview your post to make sure that headings you’ve used has broken your post into manageable chunks

Heading Styles

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3.  Remember to Link

When you write about a website you should link to it as your readers often want to check it out in more detail.

Creating a link is as simple as:

  1. Highlight the text you want to link to a website, blog or post
  2. Click on the Insert/Edit Link icon in the standard formatting toolbar
  3. Paste the link URL
  4. Then click Add Link

Adding links
Below is a quick video tutorial on how to add links:


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4.  Using colored text

While you’re less likely to use colored text in posts on a personal / professional blog it can engage students and draw attention to specific information on posts on a class blog.

You’ll see examples of it used in posts on Miss Jordan’s Class blog and the Student Challenge blog.

Changing the color of text is as simple as:

  1. Highlight the text you want to change
  2. Select the text color you want to apply from the advanced formatting toolbar (you access the advanced formatting toolbar by clicking on the Show/Hide Kitchen sink icon)
  3. Preview your post to make sure the text is readable and you like the color

Adding color

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5.  Enhancing posts with images and media

When you look at class blog you’ll notice they enhance their posts with images and other types of media including videos and by embedding online tools.

We’ll show you how this is done later in Step 7: Images.

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Common Asked Post Questions

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

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1.  What does the “Not found” message on my homepage 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

All you need to do is go to Posts > Add New and publish a new post.

Once the new post is published you’ll see it displayed on your homepage.

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


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2.  How do you delete the Hello World Post?

Every newly created blog is the same default lay out with posts displayed on its home page with a ‘Hello World’ post and an ‘Sample’ page.

You can delete this post at any time by going to Posts > All Posts.  

Hovering your mouse over the title of  the Hello post brings up four action links.

Now just click on Trash.  This sends it to your Trash folder where it is permanently deleted within 30 days of when you trashed it.

Remember if you delete all posts, and your homepage is your blog post page, you will see a “Not Found” message.

To remove that message you just need to publish a new post by going to Posts > Add New.

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3.  How do I change font type and size?

We’re often asked how to change the font type and size in post.  This is really easy to do.

Just go to plugins and activate the Supreme Google Webfonts plugin.

Now when write your post you just highlight the text you want to change and then select the Front family or font size from the drop down menu that has been added to your advanced formatting toolbar in your visual editor.

Google Web fonts


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4.  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.

And yes you can!  But it does involve slightly advanced blogging skills.

You do it by sending posts to different pages on your blog by assigning different categories to posts, based on the class or subject, and using a custom menu to create link to the categories from your top navigation.  When students and parents click on their category they’re taken to all the posts for that class or subject.  Check out Mr Cartlidge’s Science Blog to see how it works.

You’ll find step by step instructions on using categories to organize multiple classes or subjects on your blog here.

It does involve slightly advanced blogging skills — so leave a comment or email us at Edublogs Support if you need our assistance.


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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. Check out the post examples and then publish your First post.  Leave a link to your first post in a comment so we can have a look at how you went.
  2. Read through the most recent comments in reply to this post and leave a response to another person’s comment.

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    • Hi Gill

      Well done on your use of categories. You might consider moving the Categories widget in the right sidebar higher up so it is more accessible to your site visitors.
      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support

      • Thank you, Eugene. Good point! I agree and have moved it further up.

    • Hi moodyteam.

      Congratulations on your first post!
      I suggest you set up some Post Categories and assign your posts to thos caterrgories to help site visitors navigate your blog.
      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support

    • Hello moodyteam
      I like how you clearly set out what you hope to achieve with the blog. Well done.

  1. I have used tags and categories in the post. It will be interesting to see how this helps the organisation and management of the blog over time. The post is a brief message to the class and poses some questions about blogging for them to reply to.
    http://tinam.global2.vic.edu.au/

    • Hi Tina, your blog is coming along nicely.
      Try adding more categories, and even adding some Posts to more than one category so they get maximum exposure.
      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support

  2. Here’s a link to my post: msboychuk.me/2015/09/07/september-9-week-at-a-peek/ Although not my first post, it is my first weekly post of this school year. I enjoy how this challenge has us exploring and getting ideas from other bloggers. I can feel the excitement in the comments. Thanks everyone!

    • Hi Ms B., you’ve made great use of categories and sub-categories to group your blog posts. Your tag cloud is also useful for navigating your blog.
      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support

      • Hi Eugene,
        Thanks for the feedback! Much appreciated!
        Ms B.

    • Hi Mr Read

      Thanks for sharing a link to your Welcome post. I’ve done a really quick edit of your post to link to your About page. Hope that was okay?

      Another option, besides the ones I mentioned in reply to your comment on Set up class blog, that we occasionally see used is the students submit their work using a Formidable Form. The photo is added directly to the media library. The teacher uses the information submitted in the form and the image from the media library for the post. This is less common but you will see an example of the form used here – http://imaginationeast.edublogs.org/submit-artwork-here/

      Sue Waters
      Support Manager
      Edublogs | CampusPress

    • I love how you decided to structure your blog, with students posting their writing and then providing constructive criticism to other students’ writing, for the purposes of editing and revising. What an awesome tool to apply real life revision and editing skills.

  3. This is not a post that I made specifically for this challenge, but it is a recent post from my blog. As we discussed the events of September 11th this year, my students had very strong reactions to what they were learning and left comments to my blog post. This was one of those days as a teacher that I really feel I made a difference so I wanted to share that with you.

    http://mcfalla.wonecks.net/2015/09/14/never-forget-2/

    • Hi April

      Thanks for sharing a link to the post. It was powerful reading the student comments.

      Sue Waters
      Support Manager
      Edublogs | CampusPress

    • Hi Mrs Sheffels

      Thanks for sharing a link to your new post and congratulations on using categories and tags. Love the cute photo of your toddler and baby.

      Sue Waters
      Support Manager
      Edublogs | CampusPress

    • I like the word art image as a focal point with the short paragraph intro underneath it. Good luck in your bloggin endeavors!

    • Wow! The picture in your header is powerful – an amazing picture that suits your blog and class! Well done!

    • Hi maistirscoile

      Most days I check the latest posts being published by Edublogs blogs for the past 24 hours and have been monitoring your blog closely as I love what you’ve done with your theme and am interested to see the different ways you use it with your students. I loved how you did the logo competition with your students.

      Sue Waters
      Support Manager
      Edublogs | CampusPress

      • Thank you, I hope to get the class started with the student challenge soon and commenting properly. This series is a great help.

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    • Wow! Your blog is amazing! It is very appealing and I love the way you have set it out so the students and families will be able to access all sorts of information easily. Great work!

      http://ledascience.edublogs.org

  4. Here is my 1st post. http://kdruckmiller.edublogs.org/2015/08/
    We are so excited about blogging that we now have a butcher paper wall to record our ideas for possible posts.
    The Edublogs Teacher Challenge is the perfect way to learn blogging. I was so excited to reveal our blog at Open House and the feedback I got from families did not disappoint. Edublogs rocks!

    • Hi Kerri, thank you for the positive feedback! The butcher paper wall of ideas is a great idea. Please share your ideas on this thread so we can follow your progress. Please create Post Categories and assign your posts to these categories, to help site visitors find information easier on your blog.
      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support

    • Hi Mr. Harris. I love the theme you have chosen. It complements your content well. I suggest you create Post Categories to help your site visitors better find content on your blog as the number of Posts increases.
      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support

    • Hi “lyailya18”, congratulations on your first post. I suggest you add Post categories, as they are a great way of organising information on your blog.

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support

    • Hi Sonya

      You blog is really coming on very nicely. I see on your Blogging Tips page you have added a link to a YouTube video. It might be more useful to show the video on that page to stop people leaving your blog to watch the video. http://help.edublogs.org/embedding-with-a-url/#YouTube
      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support

  5. I wrote a new post today, trying to utilize the suggestions found on this post. I’ve been blogging for awhile, but never really added tags I did add them today!

    My students will get to start using their blogs next week. I’m super excited to get started on this next phase of their learning!

    http://ludwiglibrary.edublogs.org/

    • I really liked your Blogging Guidelines. Would you mind sharing them on the blog?

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    • Mr.Fritts the blog is awesome!!! Hopefully it helps your students to use the blogs productively!!!

  6. Still loving this challenge. I’m definitely learning a lot! Since I have been blogging for a couple of years now I guess this is not my first post! BUT, this is my first post of the new school year (well one that I have not adapted from previous school years). I’m proud because I have used an embed code to include a file larger than 21mb. I also activated the Google Fonts so that I could use one of my favourites (Comic Sans MS).

    Here is a link to the post: http://mrsgorley.edublogs.org/2015/09/13/fabulous-first-week/

  7. Hi Sue,

    I set up a blog with my stage partners at the beginning of Term 1. Each class has it’s own page. For now this is working. I have included the link to my page (not sure if you can view it though as it is private) http://pnpsstage1.edublogs.org/12-matthews/

    Would love to hear from you and anything I can add/change. The children are enjoying the blog and I’m looking forward to connecting with other schools.

    Thanks,
    Sam

    • Hi Zerlina

      Thanks for sharing a link to your first post! It looks good. Would you like me to share some links to students’ posts for maths which might help you work out how you want to use with students?

      Sue Waters
      Support Manager
      Edublogs | CampusPress

  8. Here is the link to my first post. Because it’s a private site right now for me to play around with, I just wrote about whatever came to mind.
    I like the Brilliant Muskie and Interactive English blogs. They include lots of good visuals.

  9. My favorite site to view was Baldock and Charlesworth. Love the pictures.

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    • Hi mrsdeespencer

      Thanks for sharing a link to your first post! It looks good. I’ve made a couple of quick edits to break into paragraphs as it makes the text easier to read online. Hope that was okay?

      Sue Waters
      Support Manager
      Edublogs | CampusPress

    • Hi Mrs Q

      Thanks for sharing a link to your post! Your theme Wilson really makes the posts easy to read. The theme interacts nicely with the text and image you have used.

      I would be interested in having a look at the permission letter parents sign. Are you able to email a copy? I won’t share it with others (unless you give permission).

      Sue Waters
      Support Manager
      Edublogs | CampusPress

  10. Hi there, I am starting to get my head around this process now and am enjoying the step by step learning process that edublogs has set up to navigate all the features of this program.
    My favourite post – I really enjoyed the Mystery Skype post that is posted on Ms Feist’s Grade 3 class. I’d like to give something like this a go too.
    My first post link: http://missbryceland.edublogs.org/
    My Blogging Guidelines link (still needs updating with student input, once I get to this stage with my students): http://missbryceland.edublogs.org/blogging-guidelines-2/
    A quick question – I would like to change the font size on my current Theme Header. Is this possible? Thanks.

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    • Hi Miss Bryceland

      Great to hear the step by step process of our course helps! Mystery Skype is a good way to connect with other classes.

      Thanks for sharing a link to your first post – http://missbryceland.edublogs.org/2015/03/02/stage-2-and-3-welcome-challenge/ I did a quick edit to the post so it now links to the page where you’ve embedded the video.

      Your blogging guidelines page is coming together nicely.

      To increase header font you would need to use the CSS simpler plugin.

      Sue Waters
      Support Manager
      Edublogs | CampusPress

    • Thanks for answering that question! You beat me to it 🙂

      • stephaniewardrop
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    • Hi 4A

      Your first post looks really good! Great use of text and images,

      I just did a quick edit to make it look like your Trailer is embedded into your post. Hope that was okay?

      Sue Waters
      Support Manager
      Edublogs | CampusPress

  11. Definitely have to agree with all of the tips for better posts. I quite frequently give up on reading slabs of texts on blogs, just can’t do it!

    I find the Jetpack spelling and grammar checker feature a very useful addition as well. Not a good look if I’m posting content with lots of spelling mistakes!

    http://103classblog.global2.vic.edu.au/

    • I’m glad you agree, and I’m glad the jetpack tools are proving useful. Keep up the good work!

    • Hi Alicia. I agree with you as well. I have been blogging for a few years now but am just now doing the teacher challenge so that I can continue to learn about blogging and use my blog to the best of its abilities. I think this is something that we should share with our students, the fact that we make mistakes and learn from them and are lifelong learners, don’t you?

  12. I can’t find my comment I thought I’d left here a couple weeks ago, so maybe I forgot to post for this! My blog was already started when I took on this Challenge, but I am learning so much and it is really helping the clarity of my posts. I appreciated the tips on how to write a clear post that is easier to read. Here is a post I published since I read this (and you are welcome to follow the links to the kids’ stories, if you so choose).

    http://julie7760.edublogs.org/2015/02/26/scratch-stories-are-here/

    • Hi Julie

      Each post has so many comments they can be hard to find or remember if you’ve added!

      Checked our comment folder and this is the first comment on this step. Thanks for sharing a link to your post. I enjoyed looking at some of your student’s scratch movies.

      Sue Waters
      Support Manager
      Edublogs | CampusPress

  13. I have finished step 3. I enjoyed looking at the different blog post examples. Eventually when I have a class, I hope to use posts to showcase what we are doing in class and what helpful study tools I can find. For now, I am using my kids earth science chapter guide and adding internet resources to complement it. I think this may have made my post to lengthy. Also, I am looking forward to learning how to imbed images and video.

    Thanks for your feedback!

    • Hi Mrs. Mundt

      Your post looks good ( mundtscience.edublogs.org/2015/03/03/making-earth-science-fun-using-the-internet/ ). There used to be a belief that there was a maximum length of posts and all posts should be short. This is no longer the case. Short and long posts can both be popular. The key is the content you share. Some of our most popular posts on The Edublogger are our longest posts.

      Here are a couple of changes I would suggest for your post:
      1. Try embedding the YouTube video using the video URL – help.edublogs.org/embedding-with-a-url/ It is easy once you know how and enhances your post as readers can watch the videos on your blog.
      2. Change the URLs in your posts from being URLs to linking to words. For example, where you have the link kyle-history.wikispaces.com/Unit+2+Regions+of+the+U.S I would use the words Here is a map you could use and link the words here is a map to kyle-history.wikispaces.com/Unit+2+Regions+of+the+U.S How is how you link words to a URL – help.edublogs.org/how-to-insert-links-in-your-post/

      Sue Waters
      Support Manager
      Edublogs | CampusPress

      • I Like that we can embed the videos directly to the site. I will definitely have to do that. Can you embed directly from sites like Google Drive or Symbaloo? That would make things great for my classes.

  14. Hi,
    Here is a link to the first blog post I published: http://ops5infolit.global2.vic.edu.au/2015/02/06/welcome-to-info-lit-2015/

    After looking at your ‘post examples’, I decided I really liked the one titled ‘A Sneak Peek at your Classroom for 2015’ posted by Mr Baldock. I thought it was a fantastic way to get children and families excited for the beginning of the school year.

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    • Hi Dominie

      Thanks for sharing a link to your first post! Looks like you have a busy time ahead organizing their iPads, apps and their email accounts. Let us know what email domain your students are using so we can make sure they have been added as an allowed email domain in Global 2.

      Mr Baldock shares some really helpful posts on his class blog.

      Sue Waters
      Support Manager
      Edublogs | CampusPress

  15. I have updated my blog to include my next posts. I focused on a new welcome and was more detailed and explicit in my language. I was able to get tips and information from looking at other blogs. In addition I added a link to our official school website in a post. I hyperlinked the address in the text. I also created two new posts. One is regarding upcoming announcements and the other on the time change. I really like the use of graphics or visuals so my posts have those. It makes it more friendly looking. Let me know what you think.
    https://swatkins.edublogs.org/

    • Hi swatkins

      Your new posts look really good! Graphics and visuals are always a good addition to posts because they do help grab attention while breaking up text making it easier to read.

      I noticed that you’ve mentioned all comments will be moderated in your Welcome post. Your comment moderation is currently set to the default which is the first comment by a new commenter is moderated and any subsequent comment by the same person is automatically approved. To moderate all comments you need to select “Comment must be manually approved” in Settings > Discussion. You can read more here – http://help.edublogs.org/moderating-comments/

      Sue Waters
      Support Manager
      Edublogs | CampusPress

      • Thanks Ms. Sue. I was able to go in and change the comment moderation. Now I must manually approve comments. I appreciate the tip!!

  16. Here is a link to my post: http://ksandora.edublogs.org/what-we-learned/

    Although, I guess technically it’s a page, not a post. I made it static on the page, as it will be a standing assignment for the students once they complete their research and presentations.

    Also, in looking at some of the examples showcased, I liked the Mystery Skype one. I do Mystery Skype sessions with my Third Grade computer classes and I enjoyed reading that post. I liked the alternative solution that was used to get around the time zone problem.

    • Hi Mrs Sandora

      Thanks for sharing the link. Yes it is a page. Here is an example of a post from your blog – http://ksandora.edublogs.org/2015/02/20/welcome-3/

      I also enjoy reading posts on Mystery Skypes as they often include helpful tips.

      Sue Waters
      Support Manager
      Edublogs | CampusPress

      • Since my other link was for a page, I thought I would share a new post that I just posted today. This one is from my blog where I have my first grade computer class students communicate with first graders in Canada. This post gives a glimpse into our weather in Pittsburgh and our snow day today (we heard about their weather yesterday via an email). I’m hoping to elicit a new conversation between the two groups of students with this blog post…

        http://kidblog.org/CanadaConnections2015/62648f71-4755-466b-9143-a294954ba8da/snow-day-in-pittsburgh/

    • Hi Mrs Packer

      Thanks for sharing a link to your first post! Would love to know more about the CSER Digital Technologies online course. Are you able to provide some information about the course or tell us what was covered in the course?

      Sue Waters
      Support Manager
      Edublogs | CampusPress

      • https://csdigitaltech.appspot.com/cser_foundations6/preview is the web site for the online ( and free) course. It is based on the Digital Technologies Australian curriculum and covered data – patterns and play and represetnation, lookingat digital systems, information systems, algorithms and programming and visual programming. It consisted of a range of video presentations covering each topic,short material to read, links to resources and tasks for us to complete with each unit. i really like that we put all our responses on a Google community so all the great ideas and links are available to everyone in the course. Our final assessment task was to use the digital technologies document and create 2 lessons plans as a portfolio. Again a wealth of information shared through this task.
        It made me look at the curriculum a bit more and decide what I need to change/ add to what I already do – including my use of language such as letting student know what an algorithm is and looking at binary with them!
        I did enjoy it but section were a challenege. There are core units and other you can opt to do.

  17. I made my 1st post and then read the tips to making a better post and created a second post. My posts can be found here : http://swiseman.edublogs.org/

    The process was easy and I look forward to writing more and helping my students become good commenters and eventually making their own good posts.

    I really enjoyed looking at the library blogs found on the Edublogger classlist. I got many good ideas for things I might want to add in the future.

    • Excellent first post Mrs Morris! Great explanation of why you are using a blog and great goal!

      Sue Waters
      Support Manager
      Edublogs | CampusPress

  18. How do my posts look that I have been doing? Any tips for me to make my blog better?

    • Hi Room 402

      Looks like you’ve changed your theme? Your posts look really good with this new theme and like how you are sharing class news. You may also find some extra ideas by checking the latest posts published by class blogs in the Edublogs Reader here – http://edublogs.org/reader/

      Sue Waters
      Support Manager
      Edublogs | CampusPress

  19. I am using my blog to put our weekly newsletter in a digital format for students, parents, and teachers to easily access. By using a blog format, viewers can add comments and questions. My first post is here:

    https://hwmwhirlwind.edublogs.org/2015/02/11/weekly-whirlwind-february-10-2015/

    I tried to make it look as much like the paper version as possible, so I used tables and put images on one side and the information on the other side.

    • HI Ms. Joiner. I think it looks great and you are off to a good start. We have lots of magazine style themes in appearance > themes if you ever wanted to look for something that has that print look right out of the box.

      • Jason Teitelman
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  20. I wrote my first past a week or so ago, so it’s not a first day of school post, but here’s the link. http://msrawlings.edublogs.org/2015/02/03/welcome-to-the-new-digital-home-of-ms-rawlings-class/

    I looked at the example posts and have two favorites. Mrs Hamman’s Sneak Peak is enticing enough, I kind of want to be there on the first day of school! And Ms Feist’s Mystery Skype is the perfect hook to get kids excited about coming to school. Since I haven’t gotten far enough to envision this as a daily blog for my class, the idea of running the blog alongside the class is very intimidating. My goal right now is to get it ready for summer reading.

    • Thanks for sharing the link. One step at a time is a good way to go. Be patient and enjoy the process.

      • Jason Teitelman
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  21. My favorite of the blog examples was http://mcdonald3rd.edublogs.org/2014/08/
    Even though it was geared toward an elementary school application, I liked the organization of the posts, the color and the concise information. This is one that I could see myself using as inspiration for the start of my next school year.

    • Loved what you have done. The blackboard background makes the writing really easy to read.

      • Thanks Mrs Packer
        I am playing with a mobile friendly background called EduBoard. I really like the dark background as I think it will work well when we start adding some images of student work up there. I can’t wait to see what my students think of it!

    • I like the photos that allow parents to see what their kids are doing in class. Are the students contributing their own writing as well?

      • harrisclassroom
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