How To: Link to Another Blog

It can be nice to see the work others are doing. If you’d like to add links to other people’s blogs it’s a simple proceedure.

  1. Get the urls of the blog to which you would like to link.
  2. Click on “Appearance” in the toolbar to the left
  3. Click on “Widgets”. (A widget is a small application or device which enables you to
    access or do something.)
  4. Look to the far right of  Widget screen. In the box labelled “Main Sidebar” do you
    have a a subheading called Links? If you do, then you can move to Step 6. If you
    don’t, move on the Step 5.
  5. In the middle of the screen is a box labelled Available Widgets. In it is a book
    labelled “Links”. Click and drag the “Links” box, and drop it in your “Main Sidebar”. 
  6. Now, you have to enter the Link you want. On the left in the toolbar is a section
    “Links”. Click on that.
  7. “Add New” will appear below that. Click on it.
  8. In the “Add New Link” screen add in the relevant date. Name is the words you will
    see on your blog and will become the hyperlink. Web address is where you type
    the URL you collected in Step 1. Don’t worry about Description. In Categories 
    select Blogroll. In Target select – new window or tab.
  9. Scroll back up to the top and click “Add link” on the right.
  10. You’ve now finished. Check your site to ensure it has worked. If not, the most
    likely explanation is that you have a typo in the url. Come back to “Links” to check
    your information. You find the link in the list and click on “edit” to check it.

You can repeat Steps 6-10 to add as many links as you like.

How To: Change Your Theme

The look of your blog is refered to as its theme. Your blog currently has the default theme for edublogs. It’s easy to change and can be changed time and time again. Certain elements of the theme can be adjusted to better suit your purpose. For example, in my theme, the default one, you can change the picture at the top of each page. (See How To: Change the Picture)

To change your theme go to Appearance > Themes. Unfortunately, Pro Themes (which is just below) will not work on the free version of edublogs.

There are a few things to consider when choosing a theme. The help page What to Consider When Choosing Your Blog Theme tries to make this easier.

Uses for Tags and Categories

Tags and Categories are really handy when your blog becomes larger to sort your posts and make them easily searchable, but for students they have another use.

When teachers mark your work they look to see where you have met the assessment criteria. Use Tags or Categories to show them. This will point out places were you have tried but maybe not succeeded enough for your teacher to notice your effort. It’s also impressive student behaviour and can only improve your teacher’s mood, which can’t hurt!

Indicating where you have addressed assessment criteria is impressive student behaviour because it shows that you are thinking about what you are doing and why you are doing it. Effective learners think about what they are learning, but also about how they learn and how they can communicate their learning.

Adding new categories and tags is easily done in the Edit Post view. Scroll down the page looking to the right until you see the “+Add New Category” link or the text box into which you can type the new tag.

Help with Categories and Tags can be found here: http://help.edublogs.org/2009/07/29/adding-tags-and-categories-to-a-post/

Activate Easy Mode

Do you find the menu on the left and all the other tabs confusing? So many other people have too, that edublogs have come up with a solution. In the top right corner of your Dashboard you will see the Activate easy mode tab. Click it.

Easy mode simplifies the view of your Dashboard. It reduces clutter and uses images as well as words. You won’t find everything where it was before (I can’t add Tabs easily in easy mode, for example), but the screen is much simpler.

Check it out.

How to: Add a Document, PDF or PowerPoint

You may need to add a word document, a pdf or PowerPoint to your blog. It’s easy. They’re just other forms of media. Add them as you do an image but select the star shapped ‘media’ upload/insert icon instead.

It’s a bit more tricky if you want to imbed them in a post. The easiest thing is to follow the edublogs User Guide instructions. You can find them here:

http://help.edublogs.org/2009/07/29/inserting-documents-pdf-and-powerpoints-into-your-posts/

How to: Change the Picture

You may have noticed on this blog that the pictures at the top of the page change. That’s because the Theme I selected for this blog has its header image set to random.

It is possible to set the picture to one you want. All you need to do is click on Appearances in the menu and select Header.

There you can change the settings for the images which came with your Theme or you can add your own image as the Header. You can also get rid of the Header altogether.

Rather wordy, but useful, instructions for all this can be found in the edublogs User Guide or here http://help.edublogs.org/2009/08/04/uploading-your-custom-image-header/.

If you want to get even more creative with your header check out this help page first: http://theedublogger.com/2009/03/22/taking-the-agony-out-of-using-custom-image-headers/

PS. If you can get the Featured Image to work properly please let me know how you did it.

How to: Add Pages

All methods of communication use conventions. You wouldn’t use the same language in a facebook status as you would in a resume or essay for English. It’s the same with Blogs. You can do what you want in this blog, but before you decide to add pages check out this help page on Writing Pages and consider if they’re the most appropriate way to achieve what you intend.
It will also show you what to do!

http://help.edublogs.org/2009/08/01/writing-pages/

 

How to: Get Help

How do you get help? There are many ways.

You may wish to start with the Edublogs User Guide. To find it you can either:

  • Click on the words Edublogs User Guide where ever you see them in this blog
  • Use the link here: http://help.edublogs.org/user-guide/
  • Click on the Help tab in the top right corner when you’re viewing your Dashboard. It will list a number of help options. I find the Complete User Guide most helpful.
  • Go to the Edublogs homepage and click on Help and Support. You can get there by clicking on the edublogs icon in the top left corner of the any view of your blog.

Good Looks: the Kitchen Sink

Want to edit your text more? Use the Kitchen Sink tab. It is the last tab on the editing bar above where you add content to a post.

Click on it and it will reveal a whole new line of tabs with which you can edit your text.
It includes a tab to change the colour of your text, a short cut to cuting and pasting text from a word document, a backward arrow and many others.

Welcome to Edublogs

Hello all,

This blog is made to help you use edublogs efficiently. The edublogs site is filled with helpful resources but they can be a bit hard to find. On this blog I’m collating all the Eeublog resources which could be helpful to you. I’ll also store all the information about your project here so you have everything you need at your fingertips as you create and update your blog.

There is a page dedicated to your specific project. It will contain all the information you’ve been given about your project so that you have it at your fingertips when working on your blog.

There are also general posts made to the home page. They are where you will find all the hints, tips and links.

If you can’t find a solution to a problem you are facing add a comment to a post and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.