Showing posts from April, 2016

Students Use Email for Posting on Classroom Blog

When students post by email to a classroom blog it eliminates the need of adding students as blog authors. This is a timesaver for the teacher both when setting up the blog for the new school year and closing it down in preparation for the following year. Using email to post is an easy way for student's to learn about formatting text and inserting images.
Directions for Setting Up Email Posts

Embedding a Linkable Google Slide Into a Blogger Post

Google Slides is an easy way to present students work. The Student can add an extra punch to the slide by linking out to websites. One example of this is when students are studying the plant cycle.  The student creates an image of a plant or flower and adds it to a Google Slide Deck. Let the students do research to find site which explain about how a plant grows.



Show Case Student's Work: Embed Google Slides

Show casing student's work using Blogger is real easy to do. Especially when using a Google Slide as a rotating gallery presentation to share the child's creation. Google Slides can be used to share many different types of projects on a blog.
SOME PROJECT IDEAS Writing projects with embedded imagesA gallery of the student's artwork Collection of screencast videosStop Motion animation Used to explain a conceptShowcasing creativityStudent created math tutorialsCollection of artworkHow to Embed Google Slides Into Blogger***Share Setting Should Be Set to Public on the WebGo to File in the Google Slides ToolbarScroll downwardClick Publish to the Web A window will openSelect how many seconds for auto advancing slidesChoose how to start the slideshow Select restart or leave it as a manual controlClick EmbedSelect a Slide Deck SizeCopy Code into HTML Section of Post

Adding Student Pages to Classroom Blog

Blogger makes it easy to include individual student's pages on a classroom blog. Here are the directions of how to attach individual student's classroom pages to a Teacher's Blogger Classroom Blog Site. 

Logon to the Blogger DashboardClick the blog titleScroll down to layout and click Go to the Cross-Column Section Click Add A Gadget Click  Gadget Search WindowScroll down to the Pages Gadget & ClickIn the Title Area Type Student's NameClick external link to add the Blogger URL for the Student's Blog

Create Classroom Projects Using Blogger

Teachers the possibilities  of using Blogger for Classroom Projects is endless! One feature I like is the ability to link individual student pages to a group classroom project blog page. This provides the teacher with control over who can interact with the blog.  The teacher sets both the classroom project page and each student's page privacy control to Private only these blog readers.

This setting provides the teacher with an extra step for maintaining security over who can access the blog. 

Teacher's Classroom Project Intro Page
Student's Classroom Project Page
The Classroom Projects blog layout idea is perfect for helping the teacher to provide a safe way for their students to explore blogs. This idea also provides an opportunity to teach about the proponents of appropriate digital citizenship. It also provides an authentic learning opportunity through the feedback from the guests invited to view the Classroom Project Blog.

Yes! You Can Set a Classroom Blog to Private

There are many reasons why a teacher may want to set a blog to private versus public. Before making this decision there are several factors an educator should be aware of before sharing publicly on the internet.The following list is to help with the decision for making a classroom, teacher or student blog public or private.
What is the school districts social media policy for students?The age of your studentsKnow theCIPA& COPPA regulationsBe versed about FERPAFair Use& the Virtual ClassroomUnderstand CopyrightsUsing Creative CommonsLicensingBlogger is a perfect platform to use whether the teacher creates a private or public blog. The default share setting for blogger is public. Don't fret because it is easy to change the blog to private. Blogger provides two private settings to choose from, one is private for the author's eyes only and the other is private for guest readers. The guests are added via email addresses inputted in the share setting area.
The privacy setting …

Decorating a Blog Newsletter...

By Labpluto123 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Teachers are known for decorating their classrooms based on the content taught. Many classrooms transform their looks with the change of each new season. Imagine how a teacher would decorate a blog used as a weekly newsletter. Blogger provides the perfect tools for decorating teachers, students or classroom blogs. By Word draw[CC BY-SA 2.0],via Flickr
There are several ways one can decorate a blog. The easiest way to begin is by choosing one of the many templates Blogger has to offer.  Blogger Templates are found by visiting the user's dashboard.  Once the teacher is signed into Blogger they click on their blog title. This brings the teacher to a page where a list of editing tools appear. Scroll down the listing of templates and have fun choosing the just right fit for the classroom newsletter blog.

While developing a classroom newsletter blog a teacher can add images, change fonts, font color and create custom template…