Step 8 – Add your student blogs or links to helpful websites to your blogroll

bloggingstep8We’ve designed a series of nine steps, with how-to info, to help you with your class blogging.

This step  to add your student blogs to your blogroll (if you have student blogs).

Alternatively you can follow these directions to add links to helpful websites.

What is a Blogroll?

A blogroll is a list of links that you display on your blog.

Bloggers commonly use blogrolls to list their favourite blogs.  Blogrolls help readers locate other blogs worth reading — you are saying “these are some blogs I like – which are worth checking out!”

Blogrolls on class blogs are used slightly differently.

Your class blog is the central hub that connects your student blogs together; making it easier to share their learning, interact with each other and a global audience.

The blogroll on your class blog is what links together all the blogs — helping you, your students and others locate the student blogs easily.

Here’s an example of a blogroll on a Huzzah‘s class blog:

Example of a blogroll on a class blog

How to Add Links To Your Blogroll

Every newly created Edublog has the same default widgets in its sidebars — including a blogroll.

You add links to your student blogs as follows:

1.  Go to Links > Add New

Links > Add New page

2.  Add the first name of your student (and initial of last name if necessary) to the Name Module

Tips:

  • Normally only first names of students are used online.
  • This is the text that will be clickable and takes you to their blog

Adding name to Name Module

3.  Add the student’s blog URL to the Web Address Module

Add blog URL to web address module

4.  Select Blogroll in the Categories Module and click Add Link

Creating a link in a blogroll

How To Use Link Categories To Organise Your Student Blogs

You can sort students from different classess into separate categories as follows:

1.  Click on Add A New Category in the Categories Module

Click on Add new category

2.  Add the Class name then click Add

Creating a new link Category

3.  Now instead of selecting blogroll you just choose the correct category for their Class and click Add Link

Adding student blogs to link categories

Check out Huzzah to see how categories can be used to sort links in blogrolls:

  • Student blogs are listed using the catgeory Class Blogs
  • Class blogs they read are listed using the category Our Blogroll

How To Edit Links

After adding links, you may want to edit them or delete the default links included on the blogroll of newly created Edublog.

1.  Go to Links > Edit

Links > Edit page

2.   To delete a link, hover over the link name and click the Delete option that appears below it.

Deleting a link

3.  To delete multiple links, select several links and then choose Delete from the drop down Bulk Action menu, and click Apply.

Deleting mutliple links

4.  To edit a link, hover over the link name and click the Edit option that appears below it.

Editing a link

5.  An edit screen will open — just edit the link details and then click Update Link

Adding your Blogroll to Your Blog Sidebar

The Links Widget  is used to display the links you added to your blogroll in your sidebar.

Every newly created Edublog has the same default widgets in its sidebars — including a blogroll.  However,  when you add any widget to a newly created blog (via Appearance > Widgets) it automatically removes the default Edublogs widgets.

You add your blogroll back into the sidebar as follows:

1.  Go to Appearance > Widgets in your Dashboard

Appearance > Widget page

2.  Click on the desired Sidebar to expand (so you can add the widgets)

3.  Drag the Links Widget from the Available Widgets area into the Sidebar area on the right

Adding Links widget to sidebar

FINAL THOUGHTS

These steps were created as part of the preparation for the Student Blogging Challenge — the next challenge starts in September 2010.

You can read more about the Student blogging challenge here:

  1. About the student challenge
  2. Student Blogging Challenge FAQs

And here’s where you find the other steps for setting up your class blog:

Please a comment on this post if you need help setting up your class blog just — I’m always happy to help!

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Sue Waters

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22 Responses

  1. Kevin says:

    That’s a nice explanation on how to make a blogroll.

  2. hastubee1 says:

    great!thank you very much for the detail explaination

  3. karenl says:

    We just started a schoolwide blog. The main blog is essentially nothing but a blogroll of the individual teachers’ blogs. I found one theme (I don’t remember how) that automatically sets up a page for all the blogs that exist in the campus. It’s veryplaintxt. Does anyone know of another theme that will do the same? Or do most people just manually do the links for all the teachers’ blogs on a blogroll?

  4. Sue Waters says:

    @karenl I definitely would use your blog directory and not the blog roll as it will make it easier as your blog numbers increase. I’ve sent an email with more details.

  5. Hi Sue.

    Thanks for the good tips. I just want to share some more. I hope you don’t mind. There’s a plugin called easy links to exchange link. Feel free to check it out.

  6. Ellen says:

    Hello everyone.
    I was happily organizing my widgets and adding to my blogroll when I came across a slight setback. A student in my teacher training course happens to be a Japanese teacher. When she set up her blog, she called it Blogblog blog, except the last blog is is Japanese characters. Does anyone know how to add Japanese, or should I ask here to create another blog?
    I can do this….Ellen

  7. Sue Waters says:

    Hi Ellen, can you give us her blog URL so we can look at what you mean?

  8. naomi says:

    Wow this is great learing I have never blogged before so looking forward to learn

  9. Josey says:

    Hi Sue – is there a way in Edublogs to add a picture beside the blog roll link? I see this often on blogspot blog rolls – check the blog roll on this blog to see what I mean:
    http://artwithmre.blogspot.com/

    Thanks!

    • Sue Waters says:

      Hi Josey, sure! When you write your link in Links > Add New go to the Advanced module and add a link to an image. You can upload the image to your media library by going to Media > Add New then grabbing the image URL.

      Then when you add the Links widget you select Show Image.

      Hope this has helped and let me know if you need more details.

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    really useful info thanks

  11. I agree with you. This in probably the best blog roll instruction I have ever come across because of the blend of instructions and screen shots.

  12. That’s a nice explanation on how to make a blogroll.

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