Blogs & Reflection
My reflective teaching learning blog: http://mindcraftlearning.blogspot.co.nz




Term 4 2013
Class blog: http://hps3-2012.blogspot.co.nz



2012 & T 1 & 2 2013
Class blog: http://hps3-2012.blogspot.co.nz




2011
Classroom blog: http://brs-year8.blogspot.com
Student blogs: http://kidblog.org/brs-rm13-2011/


2010
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Classroom blog: http://baileyrdteam17.blogspot.com
Student blogs: http://kidblog.org/team17/


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How to setup your own class blog using Blogger
The following is a guide for you to create your own classroom blog, but first why should we let our students blog?


This Common Craft video will give you some basic background about blogs.

How to create a blog with Blogger. A short video tutorial from Blogger.com

We are going to create a classroom blog using Blogger.com
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You can follow the video or the instructions below.

Creating Your Blog
  1. Click on Picture_2.png
  2. Enter your email address, any email address is ok. Then enter a password you will remember.
  3. Write down your username and password somewhere safe until you are comfortable with remembering it.
  4. You will need a display name next. I use 'Mr Wood' as it shows that way when I publish posts.
  5. You will be asked to enter a Word Verification which is a distorted picture form. You need to enter the characters correctly.
  6. Next you will need to check a box agreeing to the terms of service.
  7. Lastly click Picture_3.png

Name Your Blog
  1. Type in the Main Title of your Blog page, this could be your classroom name.
  2. Next you will type in a name for your blog address. The name will end up looking like this www.nameofyourblog.blogspot.com. Then click on Check Availability to check if that name is available for you to use. I suggest we all use baileyrd as a prefix to your blog name.
  3. Type in the Word Verification box and click Picture_3.png

Lastly you will select a Template which you can change later. Click CONTINUE and your blog will be created.

Before you do any other changes and explorations with your blog you need to change two important parts of your blog to improve safety. The Dashboard is your control panel to make any changes.
Click on Settings, then the Basic tab, and change 'Add your blog to our listings?' to No.
Moderating Comments
  1. Click on Comments and change.
  2. Who Can Comment? to Anyone - includes Anonymous Users
  3. Comment Form Placement to Embedded below post
  4. Comment moderation to Always
  5. Then add an email address.
  6. Show word verification for comments? to No (I find this easiest but you can change it to suit yourself)
  7. Comment Notification Email: add your email here.
  8. Lastly click Picture_4.png

Removing the Navigation Bar
Removing the Navigation Bar
The navigation bar at the very top of your blog allows children to click the NEXT BLOG option which could lead them to blogs and websites that are undesirable. To control this is is best to remove this bar by placing some code in the blog template. Allanah King's blog Bling4yrblog shows how to remove this navigation bar.

Further Tips
This slide show by Jaqui Sharp will guide you through further ways to manage your new blog.



Further blog links worth exploring:
http://jacquiscourses.blogspot.com/search/label/blogs
http://www.bling4yrblog.blogspot.com/