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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…