Hi everyone! Session two sees us with the introduction to the dashboard. The dashboard is the ‘behind the scene’ place where you make all your changes and add all your info so that your blog can look great. Then you can visit your site and see how it looks afterwards!
These are many parts of the dashboard and we have already covered ‘posts’ and ‘comments’. Today we will briefly cover the main parts which are underlined below:
Posts Media Links Pages Comments Wikis Appearance Plug ins Users Tools Settings
Then we are going to get you to set your theme! This is the template of your blog, the bit that you get to customize to make it pretty.
Remember that if you have any questions about today’s session please add them as a comment to this post!
Now you have your blog, let’s get into some of the fun stuff…
What is a post?
Posts are where you’ll publish your main content such as what’s been happening in your classroom. They are displayed in reverse-chronological order with the most recent post at the top of the page. Your posts are the way in which you add new information, photos or videos to your blog. A good post usually has an open-ended question at the end which requires people to respond and leave comments.
How do I know what to post about?
Have a look at this great video for some good ideas…
Teaching children to make quality comments is an important part of educational blogging. It reinforces important literacy skills and allows for meaningful conversations to occur through your blog. Have a read of Katheen Morris’ informative article on the importance of quality commenting and how to teach commenting skills here.
What is your new blog URL so we can add it to our ‘links’ widget?
Type of website that is usually arranged in chronological order from the most recent ‘posts’ at the top of the main page to the older entries towards the bottom
Can include text, images and/or media objects
Benefits of Educational Blogging
Purposes of a blog @ Apollo
Virtual window into the classroom
Reflective practice for teachers
How do I create my own blog?
Using the Global 2 platform. Global 2 is a secure host site for Victorian teachers and their students. It is an Edublogs campus site, which means these sites are ad free and have other features not available on standard Edublogs blogs.
Due to a huge success in 2012, we will be again focusing on BLOGGING but over a shorter period. It will be a great chance to further your understanding of blogging and how it can improve teaching and learning. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there will be something for you! Especially as this year, every grade level will be using a Science blog.
Techie Breakie will take place on a Thursday morning from 8am in the staffroom.
Please read the invite below and RSVP via the comments section.
If you are unsure of how to leave a comment, please look at the diagram below…