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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…

Teachers Looking for New Blog Theme???

Towards the end of the Summer and into the Fall Teachers will welcome new students into their newly decorated classrooms. Teachers have you considered your Classroom Blog a "Face Lift" along with a "Brand New Fresh Look"? This may be easily done by using one of the many different themes offered by Blogger. Last Spring the Blogger layout themes grew to a wider selection to choose from. I discovered two of the "Newer" themes really standout as an easy to use and clean refreshing design for a Teacher's classroom blog.
Classroom Blog ThemesContempo lends itself to a simple modern look with a pop-out sidebar. The sidebar hosts the posts archive along with the possibility of using other gadgets one might share within a classroom setting. A teacher might use the sidebar top to add a school or classroom calendar. 
Soho is another clean fresh modern look. It works very well with image posts. When landing on the main page a post image will appear before the post …

Reading List End of School Year Cleanup

The summer is rolling in and the end of the school year is winding down. It is time to trim the classroom blog reading list you used to follow this years student blogs. Educators may be closing out this passed school year but in essence they're also preparing for the upcoming year. In the Fall there will be "new blogs" by new "Student Authors" for adding to the blog's reading list. Happy Summer Vacation!

How to Delete Reading List Blogs You will be surprised how easy it is to delete the blogs one follows for updates from the Blogger Reading list. Just follow these simple steps. It is as easy as 1-2-3!!! Sign into Blogger DashboardScroll Down to Reading ListClick Pencil icon (next to "Blogs I follow")Under Manage Blogs I'm Following Click Trash Can icon to Delete a blog

Text Header: "Sometimes Less is More!"

Today I was thinking upon the old adage, "Less is More". While pondering these words I realized it is perfectly fine to create a blog header with just "Fancy Text Styling" and no image. When this is done the header title is generally easier to read. It is especially attractive to use a Text Header if the blog is heavily laden with visual media. I think this is a good tip to share with students.

Change Header Title Sign into the Blogger DashboardIn listing under "View Blog"Select LayoutScroll to Header SectionLower Right Click EDITPop-out Window OpensType New TitleClick Save ButtonUpper Right Corner Click Save Arrangements Button
Change Header Font Style Sign into the Blogger DashboardIn listing under "View Blog"Select TemplateUnder "Live on Blog"Click Customize ButtonIn list to Left, Click AdvanceSelect Blog TitleChange Title Font, Size & ColorUpper Right Corner Click Apply to Blog Button

Delete or Not Delete that is the Question...

The classroom blog is finished for the year and you're not sure if the answer is to delete and start with a "Fresh New Classroom Blog". I could probably come up with a million reasons to support both sides when comparing "Why" with "Why Not." This much I will say is you might want to set the blog to private instead of deleting it. This is because all blog deletions eventually become permanent with "No"turning back. Why put yourself in this position after you and the students worked so hard to create the blog?
Setting the blog to private and removing all readers, and authors is one way to archive a blog. I do believe this is a safe way to maintain old records which could possibly be used for some future need. Set Blog to PrivateSign into Blogger DashboardClick SettingsScroll Down to BasicsGo to Permissions SectionNext to Blog Readers & Public Click EditChange to "Private-Only Blog Author"Click Save Changes
Delete a BlogSign into B…

Embed Google Drive PDF It's Tricky...

In the education realm it is helpful to have the ability to embed a PDF resource from Google Drive into a Blogger Post. Teachers may want to use the PDF as a tutorial for students to access or as a writing piece to reflect back on. Embedding a PDF appears to be a challenge for the novice blogger to add to a post. Many times due to frustration a simple text link ends up being added. Today I hope to simplify this process to lessen the challenge for embedding a PDF from Google Drive.
How to Embed a PDF from Google DriveThere are two tricks for being successful with embedding a PDF into a Blogger post. The first trick is to make sure the PDF share settings is set to "Public on the Web" or "Anyone with the Link".  This is followed by the second trick of obtaining the PDF's Embed code, and finally pasting the code into the html editor of a blog post. First Step PDF Share SettingsOpen Google DriveClick PDF to HighlightSelect Share IconIn Pop-up Window Click AdvanceUnder…

Adding Readers to Edu Blog

When a teacher or student creates a blog there are many factors which one may need to be considered. Some of the decisions are based upon the student's age, along with the school districts acceptable usage policy. It is in the best interest of an educator to be mindful ofCIPA,COPPA, FERPA along with using good digital citizenship skills when integrating technology. Keeping all the above mention in mind does a student or teacher always want the public to view their blogs?

Depending upon the above factors mentioned some blogs may be kept private limiting the viewing of the blog contents to selected readers. Who might the blog readers be? A teacher may decide to limit a blog to students, parents, other teacher and their classrooms. One way a teacher or even a student can do this is by inviting other people as readers. A reader will need to sign into their account to access the blog. This helps to support a secure safe climate where students and parents are protected from the comments …

Creating Labels Supports Student Organizational Skills

Blogger is a rather versatile platform for students and teachers to use. When I first started integrating Blogger for a support it was as a virtual binder. I really like this idea and am planning on resurfacing the binder blog this coming school year. One of the "key organizational tools" for creating a virtual binder is the use of labels. 

Labels help with organizing the post contents for a blog search. This makes it possible for a teacher or student to use a blog search to narrow down the posts containing the exact content. Label searches may help students prepare for an upcoming assessment or quickly find information to answer a homework question. Labels used in student blog posts may support teachers with obtaining post content for quick assessment. I do believe labels are one of those "win win" features use when creating an educational blog.

Label Search Example
How to Create LabelsOpen Blogger DashboardClick New Post Under Post SettingsClick Labels Type Labels, S…

How Do I Pin an Old Blog Post to the Top?

There are times when a Teacher or Student may want to pin an older post to the top of the page. You may be wondering how this is done if there is no pinning feature. No sweat because post order occurs due to the dates a post was written. What does this mean? Well if you replace the old post date with a future date this will move the post up to the top of the page. If the new date is placed far enough into the future any newly written post will appear under the "Pinned Post".
Directions for Pinning a PostOpen the Blogger DashboardClick Post Under Post Settings List Select Published On Edit the DateClick Done ButtonClick Update   Button

WooWho Tomorrow's Sketch 50

This evening I saw a "Tweet" for the opening day of "Sketch 50"! After visiting the blog and noticing the start date of tomorrow it immediately hit me this was "Kismet" and meant to be! Upon seeing this I decided to devote a Page of my Blog to my "Sketch 50" doodles. 

In a sense the "Sketch 50" Concept is connected to my blog about Blogger Tips for Educators. When students and teachers create their own artwork there is no need to worry about copyrights or licenses. It simplifies on-line life and supports meeting the criteria of supporting digital citizenship when using image in the "Social Media Arena".

So let's get a pencils, paint, digital devices and etc... ready to make and share some awesome creative commons clip art.

Yes! Teacher's Can Delete Profiles from Class Blog...

Semi-Realistic People bySeriousTuxImagine this scenario! The students are maintaining a private project blog shared with a younger classroom. It is a blog where students are showcasing the digital books they created for younger students to read or listen to. The students are the "True" owners of the blog. 

When profiles are used on blogs it is to display ownership of the content. However this isn't always necessary depending upon the situation. If a group is maintaining a blog then the group owns the blog not an individual. Now the question comes up, "Can a Teacher remove their profile from a blog?" The answer to this is, "Of course they can!"
How to Remove Profile GadgetSign into Blogger DashboardSelect the BlogIn List find and Click Layout Look for Profile Gadget in SidebarClick EditPop-out Window OpensClick RemoveClick OKClick Save Arrangements

Use Instagram with Blogger to Display a Student Image Gallery

One way of sharing student's creative works is by using an image gallery such as Instagram. When using Instagram as an image gallery to display students works make sure the students are over 13 and that you have followed the school district's policies for displaying student's work online. It is easy to link out to an Instagram account by adding a badge to the Blogger's sidebar.

How to Create the Instagram BadgePlease go to the Instagram Badge Generator: .
This will provide you with the code to place in a blogger sidebar html/javascript gadget.
Select the Badge Style followed by Copying the Code.You will need to Save the Code for pasting into the Blogger HTML/Javascript Gadget

Steps for Adding the HTML/Javascript Gadget Sign into the Blogger DashboardSelect the blog titleUnder New Posts select LayoutClick Add a GadgetIn the Pop out Window select html/Javascript GadgetPaste the Instagram Badge CodeClick DoneClick Save Arrangement