Make attribution easier!

In week 3 of the STUBC , we learned that images from the web can be tricky, and contrary to popular belief, most are NOT free to use. It is sometimes difficult to comprehend the legalese of copywrite laws and creative commons licensing, and many times free images – CC0 – are just not getting the job done! In these cases using the Pixabay Plugin may be just the right tool.

Why do it the hard way, when technology does it for you?

On a blog, widgets and plugins can  add additional functionality to the basic functionality, much like add-ons in Google. These tools can remove steps in the process, along with making your (blog) life easier and possibly providing that WOW factor you are looking for.

rawpixel / Pixabay

I used the edublog quick guide for the Pixabay plugin to walk me through set up and then used it to easily add the properly attributed photo on the left.

So….Explore a little and give it a try, it really is that easy!

And…as always…have fun!

Mrs. C

Please check your blog settings

Before we begin, Please check your blog settings!

The student Blogging Challenge starts March 3rd! And there are a few things you need to check before beginning the challenge:

  • Is your blog public on the web? >>Find out how to review your settings here<<
  • Can visitors comment on your blog posts? Also a quick checkbox!
  • Are there links to your pages on your blog home page? >>See my Menu setup post for instructions<<
  • Have you added the challenge badge to your sidebar? >>Follow the steps by Kathleen Morris from Edublogs for this one<<
  • Do you have at least one personal post on your blog? Has it been Submitted for review and Published? Don’t forget to review your post for suggested edits, make your changes and resubmit!

>>Click here to find all the instructions you need to check/fix the above<<


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.

A great look at commenting from  Nicolas Weiss’s Leaving High Quality Blog comments video , with specific examples:

Below is the video mentioned  by Nicolas from Mrs. Yollis’ Class.

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

 Your Task:

Using the quick tips 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

A special thanks to Edublogs for sharing information on Good Quality Commenting Skills!

Take a quick 3 question Survey

Check out the “competition” and tell me what you think…

Browse the list of other student/class blogs, then take the survey to provide feedback. The link to the student challenge can be found in the right sidebar under Class Resources or here for class  blogs and here for student blogs.

You can also leave a comment on this post if you have more information to share.

Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. C.

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 our class blog, Mrs. C’s Class Connection, the menu is at the top as illustrated here:

As you can see, I have  “About This Blog” and “Tips for Success & Safety” which are both pages displayed on my Menu. I also have a “Technology of Blogging”, “DTP” and “Student Challenge” tabs . These are categorized posts added as a custom item to the menu. This is just one way you can organize your posts.

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


You will see :




Check your ABOUT page, then Add to Menu




You can do the same with Categories to organize posts. Click the down arrow on Categories to open the screen. Check the ones you want to show on your menu and click Add to Menu. 



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


View your blog to be sure you were successful!

Note: you must add Categories and assign Categories to your Posts for them to display on your custom menu.

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

Or just ask me about it in class Or add a comment to this post 🙂

….as always, HAPPY BLOGGING!

Mrs. C.


Get Curious!

Time to set up your own blog and start blogging!

Once you login to Edublogs- using the username and password given in class- you will automatically be brought to our class page “Mrs. C’s Class Connection.”

blogsiteBe sure to go the dashboard of YOUR blog for set up and posting.


Poke around the dashboard , explore themes and browse some instruction on getting started.

Steps #1&2 

To Begin the Set up for your blog – start by choosing a theme

And then add an About page and tell us ( your class) a little bit about you!


Who are you? Share your hobbies, interests, family background, whatever else you want others to know about the you. Your post could be descriptive like Penelope’s About Me or creative like Kimberley’s A-Z description.

Just share what you are comfortable with sharing and/or  talking about.

Step #3

For your first official blog post you can add a new post or edit the “hello world” post already on your blog.

Wondering what to say? Here are a couple of suggestions:

  • Your post can be just a brief reflection of what you have learned in class so far.
  • Or how about sharing some goals that you have set for yourself for the semester. An example might be: one goal for this class, one goal for this month, and one goal for this school year. How do you plan to accomplish your goals? Here are some examples others have written.
    Alexis has written a reflection on her term goals, and Kayleigh created a bucket list on her blog.
  • You could write about someone that inspires you. What is it about this person that makes them so special? Terapat (Tony) shares why soccer player, Chanathip, is his favorite person, or it could be someone that is just special to you as in these 2 examples.
  • Answer one of the following questions:
    • If the internet were to crash forever, what would the benefits be for you? The drawbacks?
    • Should we fear failure? Why or why not? Explain.
    • If a wizard could tell you anything about your future, what would you most like to know?

After you’ve complete steps 1,2 and 3 above……

Feel free to Visit other classmates pages– say hello in a comment or comment on the blog articles or topics others have shared. Just get to know one another a bit!

Don’t worry too much … just remember to stay positive, be respectful  and be kind.



Welcome to blogging!

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

As well as two additional resources on the history of blogging and it’s definition that may offer more explanation of the topic.

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 of the classroom. We will start out slow and simple.

For your first task, simply view the video and read at least one of the articles on the definition/history of blogging.

Then be prepared to answer my questions in class or ask a few of your own.  Nothing online yet, but it’s coming…. 🙂 Mrs. C