Classroom Blog Part 2 of 10 – Choosing A Platform

Posted: August 8, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Choosing a Platform

There are many different free blog providers out there.  WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Posterous to name but a few.  All of these are basically platforms that allow you to post a blog.  For the purpose of this project I am going to stick with WordPress.  The link below will give you a blog software overview and as you will see WordPress scores highly in most of the areas we need.  The main reason I chose WordPress though is that a number of other blogs I have looked at seemed to use this platform.

http://blog-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

Getting Started

The first thing you need to do is go to the website and create an account by following the onscreen prompts from this web address https://en.wordpress.com/signup/ .  You might have to be a little imaginative with your blog address as unfortunately first choices have usually been taken.  Once you have found a free name choose which type of blog you want.  I always opt for the free option however, if you wish you can pay to change the address people will type into the web to find you.  You also have the option to change your language, and security settings.  Don’t worry you can go back and change these at anytime.  Once you have done what you need to, and carefully studied the terms and conditions hit create blog then click on the link to your dashboard and you are ready to start blogging.

“please write down you user name and password some where that is easy to locate.  My biggest problem has been moving between different computers and remember my user name and password”

Below is a YouTube video about how to use WordPress it is rather long and rather dry.  Don’t feel you need to watch it as over the next few blogs we will be looking at ways of creating a fun and engaging blog for your needs.  There is also a short 2 minute video provided when you first log into WordPress.

Make sure you record the URL of your blog down and your blog password so you can get back into it in the future.  Most computers ask if you want to remember the password but it’s always a good idea to have it somewhere so you can access the blog from different machines.

Learn To Blog

Term Of The Week

URL. A URL or uniform source locator is basically a posh way od saying a web address.  A URL is the address you type in when going to a webpage.  If you want to find a specific web page you must type the address/URL in exactly.

Question Of The Week

Have you seen, or do you know a teacher that uses blogs effectively in their classroom?  If so can you post a link to their blog or say why you think it’s a good blog?

Examples Of Blogs

Not all the examples of blogs will be from schools.  but I figured not all of you will be using this process to write a blog for school.  Please take a look at some of the features and methods people have used to individualise their blogs.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/07/education-needs-a-digital-age-upgrade/?src=tp

http://jacksloan.creativeblogs.net/

http://educationaltech-med.blogspot.com/2011/01/21st-century-skills-teachers-should.html

http://abigail.heathfieldcps.net/2011/07/06/news-trophy-and-thankyou/

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Comments
  1. jo says:

    Thanks Adam. I am never a fan of blogs, but if we have to …. It is a really big help to have someones input that knows what they are doing!

    • Hi Jo, I am running this project as part of my uni work and would love to know some of the reasons you don’t like blogs. I think (know) at times I can be more than a little bias!

  2. mrgilders says:

    Adam,
    I have just signed up a WordPress account to start my own blog. Did you pay for WordPress Pro or are you using the free version?
    Do you have any ideas for starting up a class blog? Themes? What should i include for the start of the year?
    I am following your blog and have got a lot of ideas from twitter and facebook groups i’m following.
    Mike

    • I just went with the free one for this blog. My school website http://www.aveleyprimaryschool.com is the paid one and the only advantage I can see is more freedom with the name. I think a .org account might be the way as it allows third party plugins but requires a little more maintenance rather than ‘big brother’ helping with a lot of that..

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