Getting More Out Of Blogging And Edublogs

It was great to see that Edublogs featured highly in “best 3 Web 2.0 tools”, as recommended by my Twitter network and our readers. Graham Wegner, John Larkin, Larry Ferlazzo, Rafa Ribas and NZ Chrissy all selected their blogging platform in their top 3; which is Edublogs for four of them.

Larry explained Edublogs is his #1 best Web 2.0 tool because “it’s so easy to use and not blocked by my School District filters”. While Rafa agreed with Larry saying “especially with the new facility to create blogs for my students. I have a small group project started which involves every team running a blog, and this made it so easy to monitor!”

So lets check out resources for getting more out of blogging and Edublogs in our latest post on our ongoing series on Best Web 2.0 tools.

Blogging Resources

I’ve set up a Getting Started With Edublogs page on this blog to provide a central location for information, provided by the edublogger community, on the “basics of getting started blogging” including:

1. “How To” Manuals

These Introductory manuals are both excellent with fantastic “how to” explanations; both can be viewed online or downloaded and printed to provide excellent guides to step you through the process of setting up your blog and writing posts.

I still refer to both these manuals for extra tips — thanks Gail Desler and Janetta Garton for taking the time to create and share them.

2. Blogging With Students

There are some really excellent posts that explain the benefits of student blogging plus covers all the different aspects of blogging with students from parental consent, to set up their blogs, student blog management to effective use of student blogs. As I find these posts they’re added to this section.

Let me know if you have a post to add to this section.

Don’t forget Edublogs has now added a new feature that means you to create, in batches of up to 15 at a time, blogs and usernames for your students and colleagues.

Watch this video to see how easy it is:

3. “How to” Video Tutorials

Edublogs has created excellent short “how to” video tutorials that step you through the process of setting up your blog and writing posts. I’ve added some of these to the Getting Started With Edublogs page (just click on the image and the video plays) plus included the link to the entire collection.

Like the Introductory Manuals, I still refer to these videos for extra tips.

Latest News

Edublogs is committed to providing you the latest news of what’s happening in the Edublogs community and lots of great tips but are you receiving these updates?

Here’s how you can receive that latest updates:

1. Subscribe to Edublogs

edublogshome.jpgJames Farmer writes blog posts to let us know what’s happening.

The fastest and most efficient way of being notified of these is to subscribe to Edublogs’s URL using your feed reader (i.e. add http://edublogs.org/). Now whenever James writes a new post it will be delivered straight to you.

If you aren’t currently using a feed reader read this post on Are You Making Your Life Easier By Using RSS? plus check out How I Use RSS To Make My Life Easier.

2. Follow Edublogs on Twitter

twitteredublogs.jpgEdublogs has set up an account on twitter for letting the community know of latest news.

Make sure if you use Twitter that you follow the Edublogs twitter account.

Alternatively if you don’t use Twitter you can still receive these updates by adding the RSS feed from the Edublogs Twitter account to your feed reader – here is Edublogs twitter accounts RSS feed.

If you’re currently not using Twitter check out this post on How I Use Twitter plus read How A Twitter Network Can Be Used For Help & Providing Recommendations.

3. Subscribe To The Edublogger

The Edublogger was set up by Edublogs to help educational bloggers with emerging technologies in education, share their own experiences and promote the blogging medium.

The fastest and most efficient way of being notified of the latest tips from The Edublogger is to subscribe to it’s RSS feed in your feed reader — here is The Edublogger RSS feed.

Help And Support

If you’ve got a problem with your blog the best place to access support is through the Edublogs Forum.

Before asking for help take the time to search the forum because more than likely the questions already being asked and answered.

If you can’t find the answer by searching the Forum, reading the FAQ or watching the videos, then post your question to the forum — please provide as much information as you can including:

  • The exact URLs you are referring to (i.e. add address of your blog to your post), if it is an issue with your blog
  • A detailed description of the issue (the more the better)
  • Sample of the code you are trying to embed, if you are having troubles embedding

The Edublogs crew does an excellent job supporting the community in the Forum but they can’t be expected to help 24/7. Please subscribe to the Forum Feed in your feed reader, and if you know the answer to a question take time to write a response — here is the Forum RSS feed. Lets give back their support by helping as a community in the Forum :).

Don’t forget to check out the benefits of being an Edublogs Supporter — only costs $25 per year and you get lots of extra features.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Other posts from this Best of Web 2.0 series include:

Don’t forget to let us know about resources or posts suitable for Edublogs Help info pages.

If you are enjoying reading this blog, please consider Subscribing For Free!

Sue Waters

Edublogs Support Manager @suewaters on Twitter

14 Responses

  1. Silver Wolf says:

    Love the idea of an edublog…very creative!

    By the way…do you have any promotional buttons for Edublogs? I’d love to put one on my site…thanks!

    • Kerry says:

      @Silver Wolf,

      This is my second encounter with blogs so I am afraid I cannot make a suggestion but I am pretty sure as time goes by and with lots more experience, I will be better able to make suggestions.

      Blogging is certainly creative!

    • Kerry says:

      This is my second encounter with blogs so I am afraid I cannot make a suggestion but I am pretty sure as time goes by and with lots more experience, I will be better able to make suggestions.

      Blogging is certainly creative!

    • Kerry says:

      Blogging is certainly creative!

      If I had more experience I could provide suggestions. However, I will learn as time goes by.

  2. John Larkin says:

    Thanks Sue for the cross link. I like WordPress and its ability to create static pages would be useful for many educators. No need to learn html. Beautiful. The latest version, 2.5, is a very useful upgrade. Blogging, that’s my key tool.
    Cheers, John.

  3. Terry Finley says:

    It never ceases to amaze me what is available
    in the blogging world.

  4. Sue Waters says:

    @Silver Wolf I passed your feedback onto James Farmer (Founder of Edublogs) who said buttons are a good idea. Will let you know if it happens.

    @John Larkin Always happy to link as I did promise. Definitely agree my blog is my most important tool.

    @Terry Finley Agreed there is so much available to blogger now

  5. mshallberg says:

    I have two separate edublogs under my same username and password. I use one as a professional site and the other I use as a class blog. I’d like my class blog site to “host” student blogs and have been reading about how to set those accounts up. My question is if I become a supporter on one of my edublogs will I have use of the same upgraded features on my other edublog site, considering I am one user?

    • Sue Waters says:

      Supporter status is based on per blog not per user. You can use the supporter status however on one blog to create any users using the blog & user creator plus disable ads on up to 30 blogs. I would recommend choosing which blog on which one you want the extra storage space and access to plugins.

      Make sure when you subscribe that you are logging into the dashboard of the blog you want to make a supporter.

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