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The 3 Part Recipe for Student Created Blog Titles

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Creating engaging blog titles can be challenging for some students. However, my 3 Part Recipe simplifies the task by providing students with a jumpstart. It is challenging when writer's block prolongs a title from being created. Often this leads to the delay of writing the body of a blog post.  Educators may discover by providing tools such as the 3 Part Recipe for Creating Blog Titles support students with becoming both creative and independent writers.
Are you wondering what the 3 Part Recipe for Creating a Blog Title is?  Let us start with Part One for creating engaging titles. Have the students select a topic to write. Students will then create a keyword list for the subject.  Part Two the student goes to the following link: Blog Title Idea Generator.  Here they will click "Click to Generate Another Title Idea" button to see title suggestions. Part three students use the keyword list to help fill in the blanks to the suggested blog tit…
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Set Blog to Private....

There are many reasons a user may want to set a blog to private. Blogger makes it easy to create a blog in a "Private Mode" limited to the author and/or selected readers. A setting such as this may be an invaluable tool to education depending upon the age of students or blogging objective.

Some users create blogs to keep as an electronic diary or use it as a growth timeline to keep family members in the loop as a baby grows into adulthood. Students may use a blog to practice argument persuasive writing about sensitive topics. Blogs such as mentioned are suitable to remain private or semi-private. Bloggers create blogs for many different reasons and the ability to select between private or public mode may just be a beneficial tool.
How to Set a Blog to PrivateSign into Blogger DashboardLeft Side Listing Select Settings Scroll Down to Permissions SectionRight Side of Blog Readers Click Edit Choose between the following:Private - "Only blog authors"Let's blogger kee…

Blogger Account Beyond Graduation...

Lately I've seen a few questions in the Blogger Help Forums pertaining to students and teachers concerns upon leaving a school district. Often the "Big Picture" is overlooked when it comes to Blogger and the "Core G Suite for Edu APPS". Blogger is NOT part of the Core Apps offered by G Suite for Education Accounts. Now you're probably asking,"What does this mean to the school user?" It means when you leave a district the Blogger account remains open and isn't automatically deleted when the district account is turned off. This isn't limited to Blogger but all Apps offered by school accounts even non-Google APPS. It is important for both school districts, faculty and students to understand this before using these services.

Why might a student or teacher want to remove their account or set it private? Often a public blog is created with good intentions with the focus upon an academic project. In today's education world it isn't unusual…

Linking Text to a Post

Recently in the Blogger help Forum a user asked how to link a Post to Text in another post. After viewing this question I started to think about how a student or teacher may incorporate hyperlinking images and texts within a classroom blog. 
Teacher may want to reference a past post for directionsStudent may link to another classmate's post as a referenceA student may write an art critique for a classmates art shared in another postThe teacher or a student may want to share a link for a YouTube channel they createdThe beauty adding text and image links is it opens opportunities for sharing information to support the learning. How to Create a Text LinkSign in to Blogger DashboardClick Post to EditHighlight TextClick Link (located in post editor toolbar)Paste URL (Website Link)Click OK TIPS Obtaining Post Link Sign in to Blogger DashboardClick Post to EditUnder Post Settings Select PermalinkCopy Permalink

Create an Avatar for Students Blog Profile

Having students create an avatar as an about photo is one way to support using digital citizenship skills. When working with young students 13 and under it is important to protect their actual identity. This is where avatars come in handy for supporting both "Digital Citizenship" skills and creativity.
A websites like Androidifyunlocks student creativity while designing an animated Android Avatar.  Once created the Android avatar can be downloaded as an animated gift for future use.

Adding a Calendar Page

A blog is a helpful support which may be used for strengthening a school to home connection. This versatile tool can be used to reinforce both communication and student engagement. One way to use a blog for communication is by embedding a Google Calendar. I view inserting a Google Calendar into a blog page as one of those "No Brainer" Timesaving tricks.

When a Google Calendar is embedded into a website it may be set to deliver synchronous updates. The updating of events could provide students with immediate access to classroom lesson activities. One of the beauties of this function is the educator doesn't need to sign into the Blogger dashboard to make calendar event updates. 
Adding a Google Calendar as a Blog PageFirst create a new blog pageSecond add a page gadgetAllows horizontal or vertical tab navigationEmbed a Google CalendarCreate a New Blog Page Sign into Blogger DashboardIn Listing on Left Select Pages
Select New Page Tab
Give Page a TitleClick  Publish NOTE: a blan…

Feature Gadget Lets Teachers Showcase Student's Work

While assisting in the Blogger Help Forums I learned about the "Feature Gadget". I'm grateful to the user who wanted to remove an image from the Feature Gadget. This is when it dawned on me what  a practical tool for teachers to use. The Feature Gadget is a perfect enhancement for a classroom blog. It allows the teacher to showcase a post making it stand out from the others. This is a versatile tool which could be used in many ways.

One practical way to integrate the feature gadget in a classroom blog is to showcase the students ideas and work. The teacher also might use it to have important information for parents standout after future posts are created. Below is list of example ideas I've created for using the feature gadget. If you have a different idea for incorporating the feature gadget into a classroom blog please add it in a comment to the post. This will be helpful to educators throughout the world!

List of Feature Gadget IdeasShowcase a students artworkPoetry…