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Blogging – Year 8 English The purpose of our blogs this term will be to write in a different medium, to a wider audience, and considering the rules and etiquette of using the internet as a forum for discussion of our reading experiences. Each student is expected to contribute a number of blog posts about a book (or books) of your choice, as well as contributing comments on the blogs of fellow students. This will be viewed by several teachers and, of course, your classmates. To complete this work successfully and constructively, you will need to keep in mind our ‘Blogging Guidelines’ (see below) and to make regular additions to your blog by the end of term.

Things to write about: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

What you like/ don’t like about your book of choice Your reading experience – hard/ enjoyable/ distracted/ hard-to-put-down - and why? Details about the author/ genre/ series Extras you have discovered about the book – e.g. movies/ web links/ promotion Interesting ideas generated from your reading experience

Blogging guidelines You are about to start the adventure of blogging. However, before you start, you need to be aware of a few things: 1. With a blog you can have a big (worldwide) audience – be careful what you say. 2. Sometimes what you write may be interpreted in a number of different ways. Read over your work before you post it. Maybe even get someone else to read it for you, or read it aloud to yourself to check. 3. Respect others and ‘listen’ to what they have to say online. Don’t criticise in anger or write anything hastily. Try to consider someone else’s point of view. 4. Be very careful not to reveal personal details. On this blog, only use your first name and surname initial. (And avoid using web sites that ask for too many personal details.)

# Since Edublogs makes changes occasionally, always check with the main site for help instructions and videos. (LW. August 24, 2010)


5. Always make sure you check over your post for spelling errors, grammar errors, and your use of words. Don’t use overly casual language (e.g. like you would use in MSN or text messages). Write as you would for your classwork. 6. Because of technology, even if you delete a comment or image, it may have been saved by other people once you place it on the web. So be sure it is something you are happy to share. 7. Therefore, you have to take care when you add anything to the web - whether it is words or images. (Note: This also applies to other places like Facebook, MySpace and other social networks on the Internet.) Be sure you would be happy for many different types of people to read what you say – e.g. your teachers, your parents, your grandparents.

To Begin on Edublogs Begin by typing in your blog web address: http://namespg.edublogs.org, or select from the list on Our Crew’s Reviews/ Student Blogs Scroll down to find the Admin area – click login, and use your username and password to login When you choose the Advanced Admin Area, this will bring up your Dashboard...

From here you can: 1. Visit your site * 2. Add posts * 3. View / edit posts

4. Add pages 5. View / edit pages 6. View comments

7. Choose a theme * 8. Edit your design *

# Since Edublogs makes changes occasionally, always check with the main site for help instructions and videos. (LW. August 24, 2010)


General settings Step 1.If you click on ‘visit site’, you will see your front page. Step 2. To make the blog your own, you will need to change the title. Click on ‘Settings’, then ‘General’ and you will be able to change the title of your blog (be wise in your choice... remember your audience), and change or delete the tagline.

## You can add a catchy title, or simply use your first name or nickname. This can be changed at any time so you can come back and change it again later. Leave other settings as they are.

Adding posts Step 3. To add or edit posts, you click on ‘Posts’ and choose your option.

Click on the Edit option, and begin writing your introduction in the text box, as you would use any other word processor. A title for your post goes in the top box.

To begin, you can edit the default post and write in your own greeting for your first post – an introduction.

## Remember the Blogging Guidelines at all times when writing to your blog.

To add a new post Simply select ‘New Post’ in the top bar of your dashboard.

Title / Body are for writing in.

## When writing a new post, simply type into the Body box. Before publishing your post, you need to save draft (and check what it looks like – i.e. preview it), and at busy times, it is also valuable to copy it into Word, just in case – so you don’t lose it if the Edublogs site is congested. When it is complete, you can publish.

# Since Edublogs makes changes occasionally, always check with the main site for help instructions and videos. (LW. August 24, 2010)


To change the appearance Step 4. To make your blog different you can choose from a number of templates. Select ‘Appearance’ and ‘Themes’

The theme you choose depends on your own likes and dislikes, but also those of your audience. Preview themes, to see what they look like, and how easily they can be read on screen. You can change your look but visitors might not like change all the time, so pick one for now.

From here you can choose to preview and apply a number of different themes to suit your blog.

## Adventurous bloggers could look into ‘widgets’ and ‘custom headers’ at another time. (See me for help Mon – Wed at school.)See Edublogs – Getting started.

To list useful links to other blogs or web sites Step 5. To add links to other blogs or recommended sites, click on the ‘links’ tab, then ‘add new’. Step 6. If you select ‘edit’, you can delete or change existing links. This involves selecting the link and choosing the ‘edit’ or ‘delete’ option. Bulk deletions can be achieved by ticking the boxes and applying the delete option.

## To add new links, click on ‘add new’ then complete the details required and be sure to ‘save’ the link when complete. Add 1 or 2 (or 30) classblogs.

# Explanations available as you rollover the question marks on your Dashboard. Help videos and pdfs also available at the Edublogs site: http://help.edublogs.org/getting-started-with-edublogs/ for all aspects of you blog. # Since Edublogs makes changes occasionally, always check with the main site for help instructions and videos. (LW. August 24, 2010)


# Since Edublogs makes changes occasionally, always check with the main site for help instructions and videos. (LW. August 24, 2010)


Blogging Introduction