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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Part Three: Give It a Try

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Try some ideas from today:
  • Create a post with text. You could include:
    • Something about yourself
    • Include a link to your school or personal website
    • Share ideas you find useful
    • Share additional ideas for using blogs with students
    • Share links to favorite websites
    • Anything, really - practice the process, not the content
  • Try inserting an image
    • A saved image
    • An image from the web
    • Take a photo
  • Try embedding a video - maybe something funny or educational or inspirational
  • Play - Preview - Publish

Part Two: How Do Teachers Do All That with Blogs?

Adding text and links
  • In the post editor. Basic word processing tools.
  • Adding a link
    • Highlight the desired text
    • Click Link
    • Add the desired address

Adding images and captions
  • Add an image
    • Click the Image icon
    • Select the location of image
    • Select the image
    • After seeing the preview, click upload
  • Once an image is added, click on it.
    • Change left/center/right justified
    • Change size to small/medium/large
    • Add a caption

Embedding - Stuff to Embed
  • Click Share, then Embed
  • Click Embed button below the prezi
  • Click Embed into your page, located in the box below the glog
  • Google Street View:
    • Go to Google Maps
    • Enter the address
    • Drag the little orange dude onto the correct street
    • Move to the correct view
    • Click the gear icon in the lower, right corner
    • Select Share or embed image
    • Select Embed
  • Google Forms in Google Drive:
    • Go to completed form
    • Select Form in the menu bar
    • Select Embed form in a webpage...
  • Various online tools, charts, graphs, etc.: Look for a share or embed button

Embedding - How to embed
  • After locating the embed code, copy the code
  • Go to your Blogger post
     Now this is a little tricky...
  • Click on the HTML button above the post editor
  • Locate the place in the post to embed the content (I like to put a bunch of extra blank lines in the post to make it easier to find. They can be deleted later.) 
  • Paste the code you copied
  • Return to Compose
  • Reformat as needed

More Examples
  • Enabling comments on your blog
    • Go to and select your blog
    • On the left, select Settings
    • Select Posts and comments
    • Several settings can be changed. Especially important are:
      • Who can comment?
      • Comment moderation
  • Classroom newsletter: 1.) Hard Copy  2.) Email Notifications  3.) Website/Blog
  • Here's how I did it.
    • Anytime I thought of something that parents needed to know, I posted it to the blog.
    • On Fridays, I copied all the posts since the last Friday and pasted them into a new document.
    • I formatted a few things, printed, and sent it home.
  • Classroom newsletter: Email notifications of blog posts
    • Go to and select your blog
    • On the left, select Settings
    • Select Mobile and email
    • Up to 10 email addresses can be added to have new posts automatically emailed to them. If you have more addresses, a Google Group can be created. The Group's email address can then be added. New posts go to the Google Group and then to group members.

Part One: What Can Teachers Do With Blogs?

Adding text and links

Adding images and captions


More Examples