ITL05 EDUCAUSE Instructional Technology Leadership Program 2005 1 of 3 Setting Up a Blogger Site set# 1 Follow these steps to create a weblog site for your project team. One team member will create the site and then add the other team members as editors. If the person creating this site has a Blogger account, they should log in and jump to step (2). Otherwise they will first create a free account. In a few minutes, your team will have their own project web site. (1) Go to Blogger.com or http://www.blogger.com/ and click on CREATE BLOG NOW. (2) On the next screen, enter information to create your account. You will need to create a unique username (It is likely that “bill” or “joan” is already taken ;-) Click CONTINUE. (3) Now you will create your team weblog. The title can be changed at anytim e, but should reflect something about your team and/or what you are doing here. The hardest part is choosing a unique name that will become your URL, so if you enter something like “mywildcrazyblog” your site will be online at the address http://mywildcrazyblog.blogspot.com/ It may take several attempts to find a unique name! Click CONTINUE. ITL05 EDUCAUSE Instructional Technology Leadership Program 2005 2 of 3 Setting Up a Blogger Site set# 1 (4) Next, select a default template for how your blog will appear. You can click the preview template link to see will screen mockup of how the design will appear. Since the content is separate from the formatting, you can change the template at a later time, and more templates are available inside the Blogger editing tools. For now, select one that suits your group and Click CONTINUE. (5) Wait a few moments while blog is being constructed. When you see the confirmation screen, click START POSTING to publish your first blog entry. (6) This is your main blog editing screen. Create a descriptive title for each new entry you compose. You do NOT need to use the time or date (e.g. “Musings about Blogs on July 11”) as that is automatically added for you. For your ITL05 team blog, write the first entry as an introduction for yourself and your team members. Say something about this experience, and what you hope to get out of your week at Penn State. Since you are the publisher, you can choose the tone of writing as conversational, academic, humorous, etc. Click Publish Blog. Once it is completed, you can follow the links to view your brand new site. Use the attached sticky note to provide Alan the URL for your published blog. ITL05 EDUCAUSE Instructional Technology Leadership Program 2005 3 of 3 Setting Up a Blogger Site set# 1 From here, spend some time to explore the other editing tabs: Posting: Create new entries and edit or view previous entries. Settings: Several screens of options to modify your site. Template: Edit the template (some CSS / HMTL skills may be required, but you can also select from a wider choice of templates). For now, the one task you need to do is to go to the settings tab, and click Members. Click Add team Members. Use the next screen to add the other members of your team by entering the their email addresses. Each team member will get an email message with instructions for logging in and using these editing tools.
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