Grade 4 students are starting to blog on their own individual blogs. We are taking a screenshot of our blog BEFORE we change from the default theme (a very plain blue theme) to a theme of our choice. At the same time, we are learning how to upload an image to our blogs.
We will try to limit the number of files we upload to our blogs and store most of our images on other sites, like our school flickr account, or we will use Compfight to find and embed creative commons images that we have permission to use, with attribution.
Here’s a example of what you could say in your “Hello World” post.
Welcome to my blog. I am just starting to blog.
Today I took a screenshot of my blog before I made any changes so that I can see what it looked like when I first started.
When you change themes you must remember that each theme has it’s own default widgets and you might have to re-add some widgets you had before (like the META widget that helps you sign in).
Changing themes is a good way to help make your blog reflect your personality!
Here’s the instructions on Changing your Theme:
Remember, you can change your theme any time. Just check that all of your widgets have changed along with your new theme choice. Sometimes you have to re-add the META widget to help you sign in. On your dashboard, scroll down to appearance, click on widgets and re-add the META widget to your sidebar.
Today Grade 3 is learning how to create a post on their own blog.
1. I play the bagpipes.
2. I collect seahorses (things that have seahorses on them).
3. I have been to the Great Wall of China.
4. I can scuba dive. I am an open water diver.
Can you guess which one of these is a lie? Please leave me a comment.
We thought that a post called 3 Truths and A Lie would be a good idea so that we could practise creating a post and we could also practise our commenting by going to other blogs in our class and trying to guess the lie.
You can read other truths and lies over at Mr Jessee’s class student blogs!
The “front-end” of your blog is what everyone (the public) looking at your blog sees, and the “back-end” is where you do all the work on your blog. Nobody but you sees the “back-end” of your blog and you have to log into the “back-end” of your blog to work on it.
Here’s the step by step instructions we will follow as a class to get started with the technical side of blogging on our own individual blog.
- Go to the Class Blog
- Click on tab Student Blogs
- Click on your name to go to the “front-end” of your own blog
- Take a screenshot (command+shift+4) of your blog (so we can do a then and now comparison post later – love this idea Mr Jessee!!)
- Look for the “meta” widget and “log-in” (our default blog theme has this meta widget) Notice where this meta widget is
- Type in username and default-set-up-blog-password (this password will change)
- Dashboard discovery – we stop at this point and take a closer look at the dashboard – what do we recognise, what words do we notice, what’s our thinking about different sections
- Edit our profile account, change our nickname to the name we want to author our posts as, change our password to our own password. (Classroom teacher keeps a record of usernames and passwords for emergencies on google docs & shares with the Technology & Learning Coach)
- Follow instructions from TLC for allowing comments on our blog (Settings, Discussion)
- Practise logging in and out of the back-end of our blog (repeat this step several times)
Once we are satisfied that everyone can log into the “back-end” of their own blog successfully, right from opening Firefox, we will give you 10 minutes to explore the themes. You will learn how to
- Access themes
- Preview a theme
- Activate a chosen theme
- Install a meta widget (if your final theme choice does not have one)
For the last 10 minutes of today’s session we will watch Professor Garfield as he teaches us some things about Online Safety. Watch out for YAPPY – I’ll be asking you what it means after Professor Garfield has finished!
Today 4th Graders are looking at Student Blogs to get an idea of how they want their own blogs to look and work.
We have 3 things to consider and look for today and we explore some of the links on the right hand side of this blog:
- What parts are necessary to a student blog?
- What catches my eye? What distracts me?
- What will my blog need on it?
G4’s, write your findings in the comments of this post.