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Lets Blog Edublogs Inset 18 01 10

  1. Let’s blog! Sarah Ferretti – Languages Department Ryde High School - INSET Twilight Session 18-01-10
  2. How to set up a free Edublogs account
  3. 1. Go to 2. click on Create a new account
  4. Once you’ve logged on, your Dashboard appear – this is where you go to edit your blog
  5. How to manage the design of your blog – Appearance Themes & Widgets
  6. According to the chosen theme, there are different Widgets available – drag & drop and choose the order of what you want to appear on the Left / Right Sidebars of your blog. The most important ones are: Categories , Links and Pages. You can add / edit them at any time.
  7. How to add a Page
  8. 1. click on Pages , then on Add New 2. Name it 3. You can decide which page is the first one people see when they get on you blog by selecting it from the Attributes drop-down menu. You can leave the Main Page were all your posts appear in chronological order or chose the About Page with a description of your blog. 4. Preview it, then save it clicking on Publish .
  9. This is how the pages appear on your published blog. You can either access them clicking on the name on the top right corner (in this Theme) Or Pages menu on the sidebar
  10. How to make a Post and set up Categories
  11. 1. Go to Category click on Add New Category . A window will open – type in the category title. Categories can also be added by clicking on the Categories tab on the left sidebar of the Dashboard page.
  12. You can view the post editing window in full screen by click on the Toggle Fullscreen Mode icon (Alt + Shift + G)
  13. If your’e editing a long post, it’s a good idea to click on Save Draft every now and then before publishing, so you don’t run the risk of losing your work. You can decide to keep your post as a draft and edit / publish it later on. 1. You can edit the visibility of this post by clicking on Visibility: Public Edit . 2. You can decide when to publish your comment by clicking on Publish immediately Edit 3. Click on Preview to see what the post looks like 3. Click on Publish to publish your post immediately.
  14. How to set up Link Categories & Links
  15. Adding Link Categories 1. On the Dashboard page, click on the Links tab . It displays all the Link Categories you have created, and you can add or edit these at any time. 2. Type the name of a new link category and add a brief description . Click on Add Category and it will appear on the right part of the window. 2. Click here to Create a new TypeList
  16. Adding Links 1. In the Links tab of the Dashboard , click on Add New. 2. Name the new link, copy the Web Address from the internet browser & paste it . Add a description . 3. Tick the Link Category where you want it to appear. 4. Tick New window or tab to make it open in a new page. 5. Click on Add Link on the right side of the page to save it.
  17. Adding Links This is how the new Link Category and the new Link look like on the page of your blog. In the same way, you can delete all the unwanted Categories and Links that you already find as you open a blog.
  18. How to set up Comment Moderation
  19. In order to moderate comments 1. go to Comments , click on Comments and the Edit Comments page opens. Here you can view all the comments: approved, pending, spam. 2. Pass with the cursor in the area under the comment text to reveal athe series of possible actions to take ( Unapprove, Spam, Delete, Edit, Quick Edit, Reply ) OR tick the comment and use the Bulk Action drop-down menu
  20. How to Insert an Image and a file into a Post.
  21. 1. As you did earlier, go to the Posts, then Add New . Add a post title. 2. Then click the Insert Image button. Upload a picture that you have previously saved on your computer with Select Files. 3. You can resize the picture and position it in the post. Click on Insert into Post , then Save all changes.
  22. You can view the post editing window in full screen by click on the Toggle Fullscreen Mode icon (Alt + Shift + G)
  23. 1. In the same way as before, you can add to you post different tipes of files. Click on the upload picture file to upload Word documents, PowerPoint presentation, PDF etc. Click on the Upload Music icon to upload sound files in MP3 (lightest format but filtered in school!) and WAV format. All uploaded files are stored in the Gallery 2. Students can download these files from the blog by right-clicking on the file name and choosing Save Target As… Uploading and Downloading differt types of files .
  24. How to embed a Youtube video (or any other Web 2.0 items) into a Post.
  25. 1. As you did earlier for adding pictures, go to the Posts, then Add New . Add a post title. 2. Then click the Insert Videos button. Upload a video that you have previously saved on your computer with Select Files . The video format supprted is .FLV 3. Click on Insert into Post , then Save all changes
  26. 1. Once uploaded, the video HTML code appears. Clico on the Visual tab to view the link as it will appear on the blog page.
  27. By copying and pasting the HTML code in the HTML text editor , you can add to your blog many different items created with Web 2.0 tool . 1. Embedding Google Maps : click on Link to get the HTML code. The map that will appear on your blog post will be interactive.
  28. Embedding Google Docs - PowerPoints : 1. Upload your document onto Google Docs, click on it . Click on Share , then on Publish/Embed to get the HTLM code. 2. A new page with the HTML code opens – copy and paste in in your post.
  29. Further websites to explore
  30. Recommended MFL blogs These websites will provide ideas which can be exploited for any subject. (you have a question… HE has the answer!)
  31. To embed presentations (for sharing PowerPoint presentations) (for sharing Word docs, PPT, Excel, PDF, RTF) (another form of photo sharing) (a podcast server) (a podcast server which you can use with Podomatic or Jellycast to provide players for your blog) To tell stories, create comics, electronic books, cartoons and to find out what’s good for the Web 2.0 classroom (50 ways to tell a story) (comics) (comics / videos) (interactive posters) (very good!)
  32. To look for videos and to upload your videos (download videos using RealPlayer 11- free) (to add your own digital video to your blog) To convert media files (download it free on your PC and use it off line) For further information Sarah Ferretti Ryde High School – Languages Department [email_address] [email_address]