Techie Breakie @ Apollo

Allowing a time to collaborate and build ICT capacity

Bling Your Blog

Pattern Cooler

Pattern cooler allows you to choose a background, edit the colours and save as an image. In your “Appearance” section under “Background” you can insert it and then you have a new background!


You can change your header (the photo at the top of your blog) by choosing a photo from your computer, or using Pattern Cooler). Then go to Appearance>Header and you can upload your picture there and resize the image to suit your header.



Glitter Graphics

Choose which text letter you like the look of! Write the words you want in sparkly text in the box, then click ‘Generate’. This generates an HTML code for you to copy. Then go back into your post, click on the HTML side and then paste! Click Visual again and you will be able to see what it looks like!

Paste into the HTML section

Then click on ‘Visual’ to see how it looks! Write the rest of your post, then publish!


Other glitter sites….

My Nice Profile

My Nice Profile has some different themed text.




Once you have signed up and created an account with PhotoPeach you can create your own photo slideshows. Then they give you an embed code (HTML code) and you paste it in the ‘HTML’ section of your blog. PhotoPeach is FLASH based, which means you cannot view it on an iPad 🙁



Animoto is another photo slideshow website. You also need to create an account. These slideshows are also FLASH based 🙁

The term widget refers to any tool or content that you add, arrange or remove from the sidebar(s) of your blog — these are the blocks that make up your sidebar.

Here’s a summary of the main widgets you’ll find in your dashboard and what they are used for:

Archives Used to organise your previously published posts by month.  Handy for readers who want to browser for older content  To save space change the configuration to ‘Display as a dropdown’
Blog Avatar Used to display your blog avatar (uploaded via Settings > Blog Avatar).
Calendar Displays links to your posts by date on a calendar  Can’t be used as an Events calendar.
ClustrMaps A simple widget for quickly adding a ClustrMaps to your blog sidebar. Added when the Widget plugin is activated in Plugins.
Custom Menu Allows you to display pages, categories, and custom links with a single widget.  To use you first need to set up your custom menu in Appearance > Menu.
Email Subscriptions A simple widget for adding email subscription to your blog.Used to notify readers of your latest posts by email.
Links Used to display a list of links in your sidebar.  Commonly used to share your favourite blogs or websites with your readers.
Meta Simple widget for easy log in and log out of your blog, to access your dashboard and to locate your RSS feed.
Pages Displays a list of your pages in the sidebar.  Commonly used for themes that don’t have page links in the top navigation.
Recent Comments Displays the most recent comments left on your blog by readers.
Recent Posts Displays the most recent posts you have published.  Makes it easier for readers to see what’s new on your blog.
Search Adds a search box to your sidebar. Makes it easier for readers to search the contents of your blog.
 Tag cloud Adds a search box to your sidebar.  Makes it easier for readers to search the contents of your blog.
 Text Allows you to add text or embed code to your sidebar.  It’s the most useful widget because you can use it to add content from other sources to your sidebar using their embed code.

Here’s how to add widgets:

Adding a widget is as simple as follows:

1.  Go to Appearance > Widget.

2.  Click on the arrow on the desired Sidebar to open up the sidebar (so you can add the widgets).

3.  Drag the widget from the Available Widgets into the desired Sidebar.

You drag by click on the widget with your left mouse and moving the widget.

4.  Drop the widget when you see a dashed line appear – this indicates the widget is in place.

5.  The widget will automatically open — just configure, click Save and then Close.

Adding widgets using embed code in text widgets

You can add any other widgets you find on the Internet by pasting their embed code into a text widget in your sidebar. These widgets can be found on sites like Widget Box or have a look at this Edublogs post to see the top widgets for a classroom blog.

1.  Grab the embed code for the widget you want to add.

2.  Go to Appearance > Widgets.

3.  Drag a text widget into your sidebar.

4.  Paste the embed code into the text widget.

5.  Click Save and Close.

6.  You should now see the widget in your sidebar.


  1. Dear Amy, Rachael and Justine,

    Thanks for Techie Breakie @ Apollo sessions. I just added a background! Your sessions are wonderful and this blog is great to look back at and catch up on more great ideas. Thanks heaps!

    • Dear Chris,
      Thanks so much for your comment! I’m glad you’re enjoying them. Your blog is looking fantastic and we can’t wait to share it!
      From Amy (Rachael & Justine)

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