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My Font Changes have a "Mind of Its Own!"

Have you ever felt like the "Font Editor" has a mind of its own? I'm talking about when you choose a font style, size, color , paragraph alignment and then save. After saving you preview the post only to discover it didn't save anything you did. You try adjusting everything again and discover the post editor has a mind of its own! Don't get discouraged! Instead use the "Remove Formatting Tool!"
The above scenario happens quite often especially when one copies and pastes from a document into a post. This is very common to occur when copying and pasting a Microsoft Word Document into a post. When one does this the copy retains the Microsoft styling codes. In this case you have one of two choices to remove formatting. When you go to paste the copy into a post use the keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+Shift+V to remove the source code. Don't worry if you can't remember the keyboard shortcut because there is a remove formatting tool in the post composer's…

How Do I Create a Blogger Post?

Thanks to themes and layout features setting up a Blogger blog is a breeze. Now how does the student or teachers post?

Of course click the orange new post button,
but what happens after that?
The post editor opens with a toolbar with all the familiar icons you've seen in text editing programs such as Google Docs or Microsoft word. Let's take a look:
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Once the user is finished creating the post then it is time to click the save button followed by publishing to the web.
NOTES:  SAVE BUTTON:Saves a draft for future editingPUBLISH BUTTON: Publishes the post to the blog (public on web can view)

Sometimes NO Comments are Better!

If an educator is using a blog as a public classroom newsletter they may consider turning off comments. 

Why would a teacher want to do this? 

The internet is a vast global place not limited to the parents and students within their school community. Also maintaining a blog could become time-consuming when having the need to moderate comments. 

When comments are moderated this sends a notification to the educator's email inbox. There is No reason why strangers should have the ability to flood a teacher's inbox. Not when parents and student already have the educator's email address and/or contact phone number. 

Thank you Blogger for providing the "hide a comment" feature. This supports teachers with some of the new challenges provided by the digital world we live in!
How to Hide CommentsSign into the Blogger DashboardSelect the Blog you want to updateIn the left menu, select 
Settings > Posts, Comments and Sharing
Scroll down to the comments section and look for "…

Posting Comments Easy as 1,2,3

Sometimes the most obvious seems to be the hardest thing to do. What do I mean? Well posting a comment of course! It is not uncommon to hear this phrase, "How can I post a comment if there is NOComment Button?"  Well sometimes buttonscan take up a lot of space or may not be esthetically pleasing. It isn't uncommon to just find the word comment at the bottom of a blog post

Next time you read a blog post and want to share a few uplifting words with the author just click on comment and start typing. You just may brighten someone's day!
How to Post a CommentClick Comment to start typingStart Typing & preview what you wroteClick Publish to post the comment

Teaching Students Blogging Where to Start???

"The Art of Social Media" (CC BY 2.0) by mkhmarketing

Recently I had a discussion about teaching students how to blog. "Where to begin?" was a question we pondered upon. Blogging plays an important role in teaching students about curating and sharing of information. Students are already accessing information instantly on a daily basis. In this instant gratification society it is very easy for a person to carelessly blurt out what's on their mind without thinking about the impact. This is a "Big NO, NO!"
For this very reason students need to practice the skills of "Good" digital citizenship when starting to blog. It is easiest to start by having the student use the "Comment and Reply Section". This provides a perfect opportunity to practice digital citizenship under supervised conditions. 

First responsibility is to teach the student how to provide positive feedback in the blog's comment and reply section. 

EXAMPLE:
Never state some…

Community Building with Blogger

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Community building
 in a classroom is key for a positive learning experience. Have you ever thought about using Google APPS for Education (GAfE) along with Blogger for presenting community building activities? The community building could start before summer vacation ends.

A savvy teacher can start with sharing one of their favorite summer activities via a blog. The blog URL (website address) is included in the welcome back letter sent to the teacher's new students and their families. In the welcome back letter the teacher asks students to read the blog entry and in the comment area to share their favorite summertime activity.

Some Simple Rules to IncludeStudents only uses their first nameNo photos allowedOnly include activity informationDon't include personal detailsExplain the activity and why they like itOnly share positive comments if replying to another students activityDon't include anyone's name unless you ask permissionAll share should be positi…