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!