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2. Setting up a blog

Edublogs is one of many options which can be used to set up a blog for educational purposes. It is used here to demonstrate ‘how’, and also because it has many interesting and appealing options within its structure, without being too difficult for beginners.

N.B. Further update (October 17).

WordPress also has a similar setup, so it can be another option, following the steps shown here. You can try out WordPress, and then focus on Edublogs, or the school intranet options once you are ready to release things to students. (Useful since Edublogs is being upgraded at the moment!! early Oct!! grrr!! and still experiencing problems, October 17)

How-to guide begins here

  1. Begin at http://edublogs.org (Or you can select the linkbox to the right.) Or login to WordPress mentioned above.
  2. Select  your username (this becomes part of the blog address i.e http://name.edublogs.org). This cannot be changed, so be creative and careful with your choice.
  3. You can select a blog title (can be changed later)
  4. Blog type – select ‘Teacher’ from the options and enter your details.
  5. You will receive an email to verify your blog, as long as the username is not already in use.
  6. From this email, click on the link provided to activate the account. (## Note down your username and password. Your username stays the same, you can change your password later.)
  7. Then login to your newly created blog – from the email link. At other times, you can login by typing in the blog address, and locating the login box (usually in the right hand sidebar.)

When you first login, you get the generic look with lots of tips and links/videos to help with the set up of your blog. (Alternatively, use the step-by-step guide located in Staff Public.) From the Dashboard, you can:

  • change its look (Design)
  • edit your personal details (Users)
  • change your password (Users/ Your Profile) and
  • set all sorts of privacy settings (Settings).

You can also change the standard setting to reflect our place in the world (e.g. time and calendar settings).

It is a good idea when first starting with a blog to have things set so that discussion on your posts is moderated (i.e. you see comments and approve/delete them before they are posted to the blog – this is how this blog works). Then you are able to guard against spam ruining your blog. However, you probably don’t want things totally private, as half the fun of a blog is getting unexpected visits from people you don’t know.

 

Design and creation on your blog

The Dashboard is where you begin. It has both tabs and hyperlinks to get around.

 

 

When you login, Dashboard indicates the latest activity occurring on the blog and enables you to change or update your blog.

# See the next post for some hints about posts, privacy settings, comments and categories. 

 

# Exercise

1. Follow the instructions above to set up a blog. Then create your first post, by either commenting on how you might use this blog or simply just introduce yourself. (Don’t forget to remove the generic greeting from Edublogs – otherwise all the blogs will be the same!)

2. Send a link to Linda, or post a comment here with your blog address, and we will generate a blogroll for ’15 Things’. (Don’t be shy – it’s all about sharing…)

 

# Extra

Weeks, L . Parts of a Blog. Available in: Staff Public/15 Things folder (Also accessible through ecampus/MyDocuments)

Weeks, L. Steps in setting up. Available in: Staff Public/15 Things folder (Also accessible through ecampus/MyDocuments)

Lefever, L. Blogs in Plain Englishhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN2I1pWXjXI

Betcher, C. Getting kids to blog, http://betch.edublogs.org/2008/09/29/getting-kids-to-blog/ An Australian teacher provides insights into blogging with Year 4 students.

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4 comments on “2. Setting up a blog

  1. I have been setting up a blog around the topic of Library design – see at the following link. Will take photos when next in and add extra pages.

    The link is as follows – http://cathyh.edublogs.org/

    It is very basic but a beginning.

    (We all have to start at the beginning, Cathy!!)

  2. Took a deep breath and plunged in to the exhilarating world of blogging

    http://ruthiepi.edublogs.org/

    Unfortunately I can’t seem to do anything on my blog yet – I suspect it might have been wiser to use wordpress. Patience is a virtue in the world of IT

    (So true – welcome aboard! Linda)

  3. A few people on edublogs seem to be having similar problems to me. I looked at the wordpress site but found it a little off-putting as it is not a “protected” educational community. I wouldn’t want to ask a student to access a blog via a homepage which contained a confronting image. (Now you’ll all rush to have a look).

    So I’ve posted a message at edublogs about my technical issue and am waiting patiently for a fix to come through. I’ve also started to explore some other blogs to see what’s going on out there.

    (Hopefully this isn’t a long term problem, Ruth. They are often quite efficient with fixes. Maybe you could try WordPress for a trial, to get to know blogging, and then further down the track transfer to a student friendly blog, depending on what is working at the time (maybe even on the intranet?)

  4. I have started my blog on ecampus

    http://ssp/personal/ruth_clarke/Blog/default.aspx

    Next step of course is to start using it!

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