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WHPS Edublog Campus Instructions

JaffeD West Hartford Public Schools

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12/1/2010


Table of Contents Posts ___________________________________________________________________________________ 3 Comments _______________________________________________________________________________ 3 Blog etiquette and commenting skills _________________________________________________________ 4 Important Rules About Blogging Break the Rules and You Will Not Blog! ______________________________ 4 How to leave a comment‌ _____________________________________________________________________ 4 How to write a good quality comment‌ _________________________________________________________ 4

Logging into your BLOG ____________________________________________________________________ 4 Blogs Contents ___________________________________________________________________________ 5 Creating your first Post ____________________________________________________________________ 7 How To Create a Hyperlink _________________________________________________________________ 7 Uploading Files from your computer __________________________________________________________ 8 Your Notes _____________________________________________________________________________ 10


Posts Should meet the criteria given in the assignment (or any other assignment that includes a post) Model good grammar and spelling. Proofread! Write with your audience in mind (be clear and concise, include not only facts, but your own reflections and opinions – be clear about which is which) Ask questions and be open-ended – inspire the discussion! Hyperlink your source (if it was online) as well as anything else that adds to your post Post on time

Comments Should be 2-5 sentences in length (potentially more, but not less!) Write meaningful comments that add to the conversation. Show the author that you hear them. ―I hear you saying….‖ Respond to others thoughtfully and respectfully. Use your comment to show why you think the topic is important/interesting/controversial. Read the comments posted after yours. Be respectful of other people and their opinions. Constructive criticism only, no derogatory or inflammatory remarks, critique the idea, not the person. Model good spelling and grammar. Support your comments with evidence. Only comment on posts after you have read the whole post. Suggested response prompts: o This made me think about… o I wonder why… o Your writing made me form an opinion about… o This post is relevant because… o Your writing made me think that we should… o I wish I understood why… o This is important because… o Another thing to consider is… o I can relate to this… o I don’t understand… o I was reminded that… o I found myself wondering…

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Blog etiquette and commenting skills Important Rules About Blogging Break the Rules and You Will Not Blog! 1. Do not include your full name – use your classroom ―code name‖, initials or first name last initial 2. Do not include the name or address of our school. 3. Check your post for spelling errors, grammar errors, etc. Paste your post into WORD and run spell check. 4. Do not write about anyone else in your blog without his or her permission — No Names! 5. Use appropriate language. 6. Do not write anything that could hurt someone’s feelings. 7. Never touch anyone elses blog entry. 8. Comments should be kind.

How to leave a comment… Please leave a comment on our posts!! We ask parents who leave comments to please only use their first name if they do not wish to identify their child. Leaving a comment is as simple as this… 1. Click on the heading of the post you wish to comment on 2. Scroll down until you can see the ―Leave a Comment‖ section 3. You will be asked for your name (you can use a nickname) and email address (this is not published) 4. You will also need to write the ―spam word‖ 5. Click ―submit comment‖ 6. Your comment WILL NOT appear straight away. It is sent to the Blog owner for checking first. If your comment is okay it will soon appear on the site!

How to write a good quality comment… 1. Write your comment like a letter starting off with ―Dear. …‖ or ―Hello…‖ 2. Compliment the writer in a specific way, ask a question, and/or add new information to the post. 3. Write your comment about the post. There are often ideas at the bottom of the post about what you could comment about. 4. Check your comment for correct spelling, spacing and punctuation before you submit it. 5. Don’t reveal any personal information about yourself in your comment. 6. Be nice!

Logging into your BLOG

Go to your Blog address. In the bottom right side of your blog you will see the following:


Logging into your Blog the first time

Returning to your dashboard after you have logged in. The Meta option is a widget that must be placed on your sidebar.blog

Type in your username and password You will now enter the DASHBOARD of your blog. Note: You will remain logged in at this computer unless you log out when done working on your blog. Remember to LOG OUT when done!

Blogs Contents Posts: A post is a single entry in your blog; your blog is composed of multiple posts. Posts appear by date on the front page of your blog. Posts can be questions, observations, news or thoughts.

Pages: these are what make your blog more of a website. Pages are for static information such as research, about me or anything you want your readers to have access to. Depending on your theme you may need to add a pages widget to see your pages. Comments: Want an interactive website? Wouldn't it be nice if the readers of a website could leave comments, tips or impressions about the site or a specific article? With blogs, they can! Posting comments is one of the most exciting features of blogs. Teachers, friends and family can all post comments to your blog. You moderate those comments so nothing actually gets published without your approval. Widgets: these make your blogs stand-out. They are useful, beautiful little applications that you add to your sidebar. Examples are daily weather reports, translation or even ones for sites like FREE RICE or World News.


Posts – allows you to create dated entries to your first page that appear by the most recent date first Media – allows you to upload pictures, audio, documents to your media folder and insert them into posts and pages Links – allow you to add links to resources and favorite websites Pages – allow you to add information Comments – when someone posts a comment to your blog this is where you moderate that comment. You can accept, reject or edit. Appearance – choose from 110 different themes to make your blog standout. Widgets – put interesting options on your blogs sidebar using widgets. Remember that the META widget must always be on your sidebar to log in. Users – change your password, email address and other information for yourself Settings – change your blogs title and sub-title here. VISIT SITE button – allows you to see the changes you have made from your blogs front page. Meta and Site Admin will bring you back to the dashboard


Creating your first Post: Post > Add New

The area where you write your post is by default in Visual Editing mode which uses WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) option for formating. It works similar to any Word processing software. Simply write your post, highlight any text you want to format and then click the appropriate button in the toolbar to add formating such as bold, italics, number list. The Show/Hide Kitchen Sink button is used to view the advanced formating options including heading styles, underlining, font color, custom characters, undo, redo

Now all you need to do to write a post is: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Give your post a Title Add your content Add your tags and categories When finished writing click Publish.

How To Create a Hyperlink:


1. Copy the URL of the website you want to link to.

2. In the post that you are writing highlight the text you want linked to the website and click on Insert/Edit Link button.

3. Paste the URL into Link URL and then click INSERT.

4. When you view your blog you should now see the text is now linked in your blog post.

Uploading Files from your computer You can insert files from your hard drive into a blog post using exactly the same procedure as uploading video and audio files provided : It is an allowed file format Allowed file formats on Edublogs Include: jpg jpeg png gif doc pdf mp3 ppt wmv mp4 xls ins isf te xbk notebook m4a ist kmz kes mov flp avi swf wxr xml wav fjsw docx pptx xlsx xml m4v max kmz zip The file is not larger than 20 MB You have adequate blog storage space available

Here is how simple it is:


1. Click on Add Media Icon

2. In the Add Media window click on the Select Files button

3. Locate the file on your hard drive 4. Click Open to start uploading the file.

5. While your file is uploading you will see a progress bar. 6. In the media option screen insert a suitable title for the file. When your file is added to your post this title is the link your readers see so is best to use a title they can identify with.

7. Click Insert into Post.

8. Your Add Media window should be closed and your file should now be inserted in your post.


Your Notes:

WHPS Edublog Campus Instructions  

A guide for members of the West Hartford Public School Edublog campus.

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