Category Archives: how-to

Customize your Menu

In the setup of your blogs, you were asked to add an ABOUT page. Some themes automatically add this new page to your main menu….Some themes do not. In order for your viewers and followers to see this page, you may have to manually add the page link  to the menu.

On Blogging with Mrs. C. the menu is at the top as illustrated here:

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As you can see I also have a Computer Literacy “tab”, this was added using categories which is kinda cool…and we will learn how to do that next quarter!

To add your ABOUT page to your menu, go to Appearance>Menus from you dashboard:

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You will see :

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Check your ABOUT page, then Add to Menu

Be sure to SAVE MENU before you exit. That should do it!

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View you blog to be sure you were successful!

Additional instruction on customizing menus can be found in Edublog Help.

….as always, HAPPY BLOGGING!

Mrs. C.

 

a bit of brainstorming…..

Today’s post is about having fun with a new online tool I discovered. Popplet is a cool way to get your ideas down ” on paper”. In class, we began to throw ideas around about  the many aspects of digital  citizenship. Now it’s your turn to try it. Using the Popplet mindmapping tool, brainstorm the potential pros & cons of your specific digital citizenship  topic. 

Your task:

Review the video on how to use poplet below, then either in class or on your own try it yourself. Remember to run your topic  ideas by me , for approval, before you get started.

This is one project where you  can use the Onedrive to share your work with me ( or a classmate) for feedback.

You will find a link to Popplet here and on our edline class page. Submit your final mindmap by posting a link to it in a comment on this post.

As far as a grade for this asignment…well this one is optional…but it can be a great idea builder to help you develop a great paper or series of blog posts. And… because it could be a lot of work…I will consider your mind map for an extra credit grade. See Me if you need the boost. And P.S. Don’t forget to have fun! 

Mrs.C.

Commenting: the good & the bad

Did your mom ever say to you ” If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.” ? Well mine did…ALL the time!

There are definitely good & not-so-good ways to comment on a blog post. Following are 5 quick tips to keep in mind when commenting:

  1. Keep it positive and compliment the author. Do it in a specific way by referring back to the one or two thoughts that really had an impact on you.
  2. Be sure to keep it short and make a point. No rants or rambling!
  3. Make your comment meaningful by adding your thoughts on the subject. Just saying ” I agree” or “good job” adds no value to the conversation. You will make a more meaningful contribution if you explain WHY you agree or disagree with the post.
  4. Know what you’re talking about. There is no better way to turn off your audience and undermine your authority then by admitting you don’t know what you are talking about. Do your homework, use other sources to find out more, if necessary, and add content with your comment.
  5. Proofread! A lot of typos and misspellings is just another way to undermine your authority, and then – well, nobody’s gonna care what you have to say.

Here’s what a couple of young bloggers had to say about good commenting skills.

Thanks Mrs. Yollis’ class  for sharing How to Compose a Quality Comment! from yourwonderfulteacher on Vimeo.

Your Task:

Using the quicktips above, Post at least 3 positive comments on your classmate’s blogs. Each of these comments should add or contribute something meaningful to the post.

Happy Commenting!

Mrs. C

 

Welcome to blogging!

Many of you are probably New to blogging, so I will share a quick video that explains what this recent web trend is all about. What is a blog?

So even if you are not so new at this and know how ( & why) to blog, as part of this class we are going to learn some of the ins & outs of blogging; the hows, the whys and the what fors. It will be a learning process that I hope will strengthen your tech skills, your writing skills and your overall communication skills both in and outside Continue reading Welcome to blogging!