Blogger tools by REHMANKIJAN

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									Create an ECE blog
Begin with Blogger

Blogger is a free online tool owned by
Google for creating blogs. Blogger
provides web-space to publish and host
your blog.

Click on the link below to begin:

www.blogger.com

On the Blogger homepage,
click the orange button -
“Create a Blog”




Create an Account
If this is your first blog, a Google
Account page will come up. To create a
blog with Google’s Blogger, you first
need to create a Google Account which
will also be your blogging account.
It is free!

Email Address:
Blogger uses your email address as your
username. It is also an avenue for
communication with Blogger.

Password:
Choose carefully. Computer and online
passwords are prevalent in our lives. A
strong password consists of at least 8
characters, includes numbers, letters and
symbols and a range of caps.
NetSafe suggests you treat passwords as
you would a toothbrush - don’t share,
change regularly, use a good one.

Display Name:
Used by Blogger to sign at the end of
your posts.
Name Your Blog

Choose a title for your blog. This can be
changed later.
Choose your blog address (URL)
carefully. Although this can be changed
later, it is best to maintain one blog
address for ongoing continuity and to
establish sustainable support from your
ECE community.


Blog Registration

Blogger requires you to register your
account. An email will be sent to the
email address you used to create your
account. Follow the instructions in your
email to activate.


Choosing your blog template

Blogger gives you the option of
exploring and choosing a template
design during the set up procedure.
This can be changed later. It is also
simple to modify your Blogger
template in Blogger settings and
layout. (see Blogger Settings)




Ready to Blog

As soon as you complete your
registration process, click “Start
Blogging”. Blogger then takes you to
begin your first blog post!

Congratulations - your blogging
journey has begun!
Blogger Toolbar
Main Blogger Toolbar

A simple tab system helps to navigate Blogger.




Under the Posting tab you can:
       • Create - Create a new post
       • Edit Posts - View and edit older posts
       • Comment Moderation - View and publish or reject new comments


Create a New Post
1. Give your post a title - try and
   create one that is catchy and
   informative.
2. The post box has two tabs.
   Edit HTML and Compose.
   • The Compose tab is uncluttered
   by HTML code. The Compose
   toolbar provides options to format
   text. You can change the size,
   colour, style and alignment of text.
   • The HTML tab displays the html
   code. When inserting media from
   third party sites (YouTube, RockYou,
   Flickr, Photobucket, etc), you will
   be required to copy a code to paste
   into the HTML tab of your blog
   post.
3. When you have finished writing
   your post and adding media, click
   Publish Post (if you have not
   finished you can save as a draft to
   edit and publish later).
4. It is that simple!


Labels
Label each post with keywords. Labels
help you manage your posts. Discuss as
a teaching team the types of post you
envisage posting on your ECE blog, and
develop a list of labels to suit. See “Add
a Gadget” to display labels on your blog.

Post Options
Use this area to change date/time of
your post. Choose comment options for
individual posts.
Images

Image Icon - click the icon to upload
an image/picture to your blog post.

The initial option will be to upload a
single image. Click on ‘Browse’ to find
the image you wish to upload. To
upload extra images, click ‘Add
another image’. You will be able to
upload a maximum of 5 images. You
can upload at one time. Online photos
need only be low resolution. An image
can be less than 1MB and still be
viewed adequately.

In ECE, it is recommended that images
on public blogs are mainly group
shots, or that images are incorporated
into movies, as part of your
cybersafety practice.




Video

Video Icon - click to upload a video to your
blog post.

Click ‘Browse’ to select your video (movie)
for upload. These could be WMV, movies
from your camera, movies created via
PhotoStory3 etc.

You will only be able to upload your video if
you check the ‘I agree to the Upload Terms
and Conditions’. Read the terms and
conditions.

Ensure that any movie created and uploaded
onto your ECE blog does not infringe
copyright laws. No music should be used
that infringes an artist’s rights. Only use
music or videos you have created, or that
you have express permission to use and
upload. Be fair to music and video artists -
they work to earn a living the same as all
teachers.

Check the size and file format. Depending
on your Internet connection and those of
your community, it may pay to keep your
files sizes small.

    The hand icon indicates a link - click on these titles for further information online.
HyperLinks

Link Icon - Highlight text and link to
another web page.




Edit Posts

Under the ‘Posting’ tab is the option
to view and manage older posts.

• You may edit, view, or delete a
  post.

• Drafts are posts that have not yet
  been published. You may view,
  edit, publish or delete drafts.

• List all posts, draft posts, scheduled
  and/or published posts. You can
  also list posts according to a
  keyword in the search form.

• Labels can be viewed and
  managed.
Settings
The main interest for an ECE blog in the
settings tab will focus on the privacy
options:

Basic - Decide whether your ECE blog
will be listed with Blogger and/or
searchable through search sites such as
Google.

Comments - You can choose to disable
comments, who can comment, select
comment moderation, and enable word
verification.

Comment Form Placement - consider a
pop-up window as this allows readers to
write their comments while still viewing
the blog post.

Comment Moderation is the best option
for those starting blogging. This option
will ensure that comments are emailed
to your ECE email account and provide
you with the option to publish or reject
comments before your ECE community
can see them.

Word Verification automatically stops
automated ‘spam’ comments being
posted. However word verification is a
hurdle for your readers and with
comment moderation enabled,
verification is not needed.

Permissions

• Choose who can be authors/
contributors to your ECE blog.

• Choose who can view your blog and if
private, invite readers.
Layout

Page Elements - This is the engine room
of your blog design.
•Edit Header - change blog description
and add an image to your header.
•Edit Post - change layout of post items
ie date, signature, comments and
labels.
•Add a Gadget - add widgets and
arrange the order they will appear in
your sidebar.
•Navigation bar - It is recommended
that the navigation bar be removed. See
code below.

 Fonts and Colors - Blogger provides
you with templates that you can easily
alter. You can choose to alter the colour
of the text, headings, backgrounds, links
etc Have a play and see the effects
instantly. You do not need to save your
settings.

Edit HTML - If you know the HTML
programming language you have the
option of altering your blogger template
by altering the code. If you do not know
HTML, do not attempt to change the
code.
The exception: The Navigation bar
provides children with easy access to
random uncensored blogs.
                                            #navbar-iframe {height:
To Remove Navigation Bar                    0px;visibility:hidden;display:none}
• Select the code on the right and copy
• Paste into the html code immediately
above /* Variable definitions in your
html code.
• Save template

Pick New Template - It is easy to
change your template to a new Blogger
template with the click of a button.

Monetize - option to make money
through the use of Google Ads. Tread
with care. Research the pros and cons.
Always put the education of the
children in your centre first. Do not be
tempted by ‘quick rich’ schemes that do
nothing for the reputation of your ECE.
Comments
The ability to receive and give comments is what makes a blog interactive. Feedback on a post can
encourage children, provoke children’s thinking, suggest and extend opportunities, and invite
conversation. When you have the privilege of reading a great post and learning from a blog writer it is
good etiquette to leave a comment. Engage in conversation or just say ‘thanks’. When reading posts
written by children/students, be an adult and leave them an encouraging or thought provoking
comment. Accept their invitation to engage in conversation.


 Leave a Comment

 If comments have been enabled on a
 blog, you will find an invitation to
 comment at the end of each post.

 The ‘invitation’ may be worded
 “Comment”, “Leave a Comment”,
 “Responses”, “6 Comments”

 1. Click on the ‘Comment’ link

 2. A new window may open, or you will
    be transfered to a new page. Either
    way they display the same
    information.

 3. If a new window is opened, you may
    need to scroll past the comments to
    find the form to leave your own
    comment. Write your comment in the
    form box provided.

 4. Choose your identity.

    If you have a Google account type in
    your name and password.

    If you do not have a Google Account
    we recommend to families to use the
    Anonymous option. This is hassle free.
    TIP: Leave your name in the Comment
    section so that your comments can be
    shared with the relevant children.

 5. Click “Publish Your Comment”


 NOTE: Many ECEs and Schools have
 Comment Moderation. This means your
 comment will not be published
 immediately but will be emailed to a
 teacher to publish.
Gadgets
Gadgets are additional tools, applications, games that you can add to your Blogger sidebar. Be
aware that these are not governed by Blogger and can change or attach advertising to your site via
the gadget. Recommended for Early childhood is a Map that highlights where people are who look
at your blog. A blog counter keeps track of the number of people looking at your blog - great to
add to young children’s numeracy experiences. Text explaining who you are and what your blog is
about, can be added to the side-bar under Gadgets.


Add a Gadget

1. Make sure you are in the Layout
   Tab under Page Elements.

2. Click “Add a Gadget”.

3. A new window will open with a
   list of tools and applications you
   can add.

4. Click on the application you wish
   to add and follow the instructions.



NOTE:

Maps, Counters, etc
If you have copied CODE or HTML
text, then you need to select “HTML/
Javascript, and paste your code into
the space provided.

Blogger Logo
When you have removed your
navigation bar from the top of your
blog (see notes under settings), then
you will need to add a Blogger Logo
to access your dashboard easily.

Label Lists
If you have a site featuring individual
children’s contributions you can label
your post with each child’s name.
Once posts are labelled, create a
Labels list in the side bar so parents
can easily access their children’s
posts.

Blog List
Create a list of links to your favourite
blogs. This is a great way for centres
to support and network with others.

								
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