Today we will look at the difference between pages and posts and set up a page or two that will be useful for our students.
Here is a quick video that explains the difference.
Pages are great places to add information that does not change very often. We could consider pages to house our classroom timetable, homework requirements and due dates, online safety reminders, classroom notices and any other information that students might need to revisit over the term or semester.
Over the past two weeks, we have started to create our class blogs. In just 90 minutes we have been able to get the class blog set up and begin to personalise it for our classrooms. Now is a good time to check if we all have the components on our blogs that we have discussed.
Chosen your theme and ensured that it has one sidebar on the right side
Chosen a theme that makes the posts and content easy to read and easy to navigate
Customised your theme with colours and photos that suit your class
Set up the widgets in the sidebar to include,
links to great websites for your students to access
links to the other blogs at our school
links to support and help sites
Selected the most appropriate order for the widgets in your sidebar
Written a permanent welcome message for your blog using the text sidebar widget
Today we will,
Add some plugins
Write our first post
Create post categories
Add an ‘About me’ page
This week we can introduce our blogs to our students!!
This semester we are learning about blogging. Our personal blogs will be about what interests us, the blogs will be our passion projects.
Today we will continue to plan our blogs.
I can talk about my interest or passion that I will blog about
I can plan some topics for my first blog posts and plan some ideas for future posts
I can explain how to protect my privacy and my online reputation on my blog
I can plan the layout of my blog and what features and widgets I might want to add to my blog
I can discuss the audience for my blog and know what they would be interested in
I can accurately type URLs into the browser and reach the web sites I need to go to
I can use Padlet to create the plan for my blog and add multimedia to the Padlet wall
Today, we will continue planning for our blog.
We will discuss the strategies we can use to protect our privacy and our online reputation when writing our blog posts and the “about me” page or bio.
Log into the same Padlet you used last lesson to record your ideas and drafts for your blog.
Include these things on your blog planner padlet……
Notes about the topics you plan to write about in your blog posts?
A draft of your personal bio for the “About Me” page
A draft of your first blog post
You can add images, video and links to widgets or web sites that you might like to include on your blog in the future. Remember to make sure that you have copyright permission to add these resources. Are the images or videos CC [creative commons] or free to use and share?
Share and discuss your plans with a classmate. Do they have any feedback for you that will help you to improve your blog or help keep safe online? Can you give helpful feedback to them?