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How to create your own Blog

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									      How to
     your own
               What’s a Blog?
o Blogs (short for Web logs) are regularly updated
  Wed sites with entries posted in reverse order – in
  other words, newest entry on top,
o A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A
  collaborative space. A political soapbox. A
  breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. A
  place for your own private thoughts. Your memos to
  the world.
o Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are
  millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, there
  are no real rules.
o In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you
  write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows
  up at the top, so your visitors can read what‟s
  new. Then they comment on it or link to it or
  email you. Or not.
     o You can go to to see the top 100 blogs.
       This site indexes over 57 millions blogs and adds a
       staggering 100 000 new blogs to its index every day.

           How Do I Create My Own Blog?
To get an account online:

1.   Go to

2. Click icon that says Sign Up for Free
3. Insert your User name:
4. Insert your email address:
5. Answer security question
     (What‟s 2 x 2  four)
6. Check I Agree
7. Click: Gimme a Blog!
8. Click: Next
9. Confirm your Blog Domain:
10. Insert Blog Title:
11. Click: Sign Up

  Confirmation will be sent to your email. Once this
 happens you must activate it within 2 days or else it
                  will be eliminated.
             Jazzing Up Your Blog
1. Go to log in page –
2. You must be logged in to add/change any of the
   formatting of your blog
3. It‟s a good idea to check out the videos on this
   log in page to familiarize yourself with the site
   and options
4. Most of the changes can be accessed by using the
5. Picking a template:
  Presentation > Themes
     a. There is a list of several pre-designed
        templates to choose from: select one (Careful –
        some are better than others)
  Presentation > Widgets
     b. You have a variety of options to add to the
        layout of your blog page. You can add
        pictures, manage your site, insert calendars
        add web links
6. Create a entry or posting a message
     a. Write > Select Posting
     b. Write your entry
     c. Publish
     d. View Site

How blogging can benefit your classroom
    o With your blog, you monitor/edit/approve all
      comments before they are put on your site

    o You can store templates at your blog, which your
      students can access

    o Embedding or including links allow family‟s to
      view videos and presentations from class, discuss
      the learning at home and then comment about them

         Inserting a Link to your blog
o This means that if you click the link on your blog,
  the link will take you to that site. After you are
  done, you will have to hit the „back‟ button to get
  back the your blog page.

  1. Go to Dashboard
  2. Presentation > Widgets > Add Blogroll
    (This allows you to view links on the homepage of
    your blog)
  3. Blogroll > Add a Link > paste URL of link
    add title (ie. Base Ten Blocks) > add category (ie.
    Math Tools)

o We are in the process of trying to “embed‟ a video
  off TeacherTube. This would allow you to view the
  students presentations right from your blog without
  transferring to a second site.
                        Not Yet Within         Meets Expectations                 Fully Meets          Exceeds Expectations
      Aspect             Expectations            (minimal level)                 Expectations
                                                                              The writing
                      The writing is                The writing
                                                                         presents relevant,
                        very brief,             presents loosely
                                                                            easy-to-follow         The writing is
                      disjointed, or             connected ideas
                                                                           ideas with some         clear, focused,
                     illogical and is               with little
     Snapshot                                                                 detail and           and developed with
                    flawed by repeated         development; parts
                                                                             explanation.          some elaboration
                    basic errors. The           may be confusing
                                                                         Growing control of        nd individuality
                       student needs               or flawed by
                                                                          written language;
                     ongoing support             frequent errors
                                                                              few errors.
                                                   o    Retells; may                                    o      Develops a
                                                                          o       Some analysis
                         o   Purpose or                    give some                                         point of view
                                                                                   of reaction,
                            topic may be                   opinions                                         or opinion with
                                                                                 often connected
                               unclear             o    Few relevant                                           a sense of
                                                                                   to retelling
Meaning                 o   Few details;                   details,                                          individuality
                                                                         o       Some supporting
o   Ideas                  may be copied                reasons, and                               o         Develops ideas
o   Use of detail         by unrelated to              explanations;                                            with some
                                                                                   reasons, and
                             the topic;               often relies on                                           engaging
                             often very                  class ideas                                            details,
                                                                                     (e.g. How
                                short                     from class                                          reasons, and
                                                                                  student felt)
                                                         discussions                                            examples
                                                     o     Generally
                    o         Basic language
                                                             simple                                     o      Language is
Style                        often errors in                              o        Clear, direct
                                                           language;                                         varied; often
o   Clarity,                    word choice                                       language; some
                                                       little variety                                       tries new words
    variety, and              o   Poorly                                              variety
                                                    o     Simple and                               o        Flows smoothly;
    impact of                   constructed                              o       Some variety in
                                                           compound                                           has sentence
    language                    sentences;                                           sentences
                                                          sentences;                                             variety
                              little variety
                                                       little variety
                                                                                                   o    Introduces the
                    o       Beginning may
                                                   o     Usually         o    Introduces the           topic, often in
                             be confusing
                                                    identifies the                   topic             an engaging way
                         o    Unfocused;
                                                           topic         o   Middle is often       o    Develops topic
                              ideas seem
                                               o   Middle is often                a list of                   through
                             unrelated to
                                                    simply a list                related but                 relevant,
Form                        topic; may be
                                                       of loosely                undeveloped               appropriate
o   Beginning                 very short
                                                    related events                 reasons,                    ideas,
o   Organization        o     Disjointed;
                                                o   Repeats a few               example, and                 logically
    and sequence           overuses a few
                                                          simple                    details                  organized
o   Connecting                connecting
                                                       connecting        o    Uses a variety            o      Smooth
    words                     words (e.g.
                                                      words (e.g.              of connecting              transitions;
o   ending                  and, then) or
                                                   and, then, so);                   words                   range of
                              omits them
                                                    may omit them          o    Ending my be                 effective
                                                        in places               abrupt (i.e.                connecting
                        o    Ending my be
                                                 o    Often omits             ends, but does                    words
                              missing or
                                                         endings               not conclude)             o      Has a
                                               o     Several errors,                                 o     Few errors;
Conventions              o    Frequent,
                                                      these may make         o     Some errors,              these are
o   Complete              repeated errors
                                                      parts hard to                but these do         usually caused
    sentences                  make the
                                                           follow                   not affect         by taking risks
o   Spelling                    writing
                                                   o    Most simple                   meaning          o     Complete
o   Capitals                difficult to
                                                      sentences are      o       Most sentences         sentences; may
o   Punctuation              understand
                                                      correct; some               are complete;           include some
o   Grammar/usage   o     Many incomplete
                                                      incomplete or                 few run on          errors in long
                              or run on
                                                           run on                    sentences              or complex
                                                         sentences                                           sentences
                                                                                                   o     Independently
                                               o        Able to access                                    accesses and
                          o     frequent                     site                                        utilizes site
                                                                          o       Independently
                               support is               independently;                                    as required,
Using Technology                                                                   accesses and
                               required to              but, requires                                  and experiments
                                                                                 navigates site
                             access and use            support to find                                    by using the
                                                                                    as required
                                  site                    and utilize                                        site for
                                                            options                                        independent
This is the Grade Four Performance Standards, we have
tacked on a Using Technology component on the bottom.

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