Thursday, April 28, 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

Sunday, April 24, 2016

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.





Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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.


  1. Writing projects with embedded images
  2. A gallery of the student's artwork 
  3. Collection of screencast videos
  4. Stop Motion animation 
    1. Used to explain a concept
    2. Showcasing creativity
  5. Student created math tutorials
  6. Collection of artwork

How to Embed Google Slides Into Blogger

***Share Setting Should Be Set to Public on the Web

  • Go to File in the Google Slides Toolbar
  • Scroll downward
  • Click Publish to the Web
  • A window will open
  • Select how many seconds for auto advancing slides
  • Choose how to start the slideshow 
  • Select restart or leave it as a manual control
  • Click Embed
  • Select a Slide Deck Size
  • Copy Code into HTML Section of Post

Saturday, April 16, 2016

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. 

  1. Logon to the Blogger Dashboard
  2. Click the blog title
  3. Scroll down to layout and click 
  4. Go to the Cross-Column Section 
  5. Click Add A Gadget
  6. Click  Gadget Search Window
  7. Scroll down to the Pages Gadget & Click
  8. In the Title Area Type Student's Name
  9. Click 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.

Friday, April 08, 2016

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.
  1. What is the school districts social media policy for students?
  2. The age of your students
  3. Fair Use & the Virtual Classroom
  4. Understand Copyrights
  5. Using Creative Commons Licensing
Blogger 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 of sharing with readers is perfect for sharing with students or parents. You only have to share the link once with the reader lessening time spent handing out handouts or emailing parents and guardians on a weekly basis. It is also a cost effective way to cut back expenses. This is due to not having to spend money on paper and printing supplies. The funds saved can be applied to purchase other supports for the students.

Here are the directions for controlling Blogger's share settings.

Friday, April 01, 2016

Decorating a Blog Newsletter...

FVES Classroom
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.

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 templates to add pizazz. Creating a classroom newsletter blog can become a fun and informative project for the whole class. One beauty of a teacher using a Blogger Blog in this manner is it creates a home school connection.  A classroom blog can also support students with learning collaboration and communication skills. Next time you're looking to do something different with a classroom newsletter why not a Blogger Blog? It's is easy to use and provides a variety of ways to spruce up the layout.