A free widget to enhance collaboration and discussion right in your blog!

We recently came across CollaborizeClassroom and think that anyone with a blog will love what they offer!

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Like blogging, CollaborizeClassroom makes it easy to have discussions online. And best of all, there is a widget that lets you embed questions and polls right into your blog!

Anna and the team from CollaborizeClassroom was nice enough to set up a site just for edubloggers – you don’t need to even be an Edublogs user to use it. You can also set-up your own online space and the service is completely free either way!

So play around with the following directions and let us know what you think!

Step One: Visit the Edublogs Collaborize Community. Click Ask a Question. When the window pops up, it’s time to set up your poll.

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Step Two: This is the form where you’ll create your poll. In the first field, type in the topic (or title) of your poll. Add any other information you would like to include in the description area. We recommend using this space to explain how you would like people to use your poll. Next, select a category. If you don’t see a category that is specific to your poll, you can use the “Other” category. You can also add an end-date or attach an image, video or document.

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When you are done, click Publish.

Step Three: Once you see your topic displayed in the topic listing, click Make Widget (the link with the gear icon next to it). You will be taken to a wizard that guides you through the process of customizing your widget’s appearance.

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Step Four: Once you have customized your Widgets appearance, click Next then click Grab Code at the bottom of the page.  Copy the Widget Code.

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Step Five: From your Edublog site, in a New Post – Click on the HTML Tab and Paste in your Widget Code.

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Step Six: Click Publish and view your new widget in action!

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Thanks CollaborizeClassroom for putting together this site for our community and for helping with the directions above!

Ronnie Burt

Works for Edublogs. Former secondary math teacher and wannabe musician. Follow me on twitter @ronnieburt!

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3 Responses

  1. hi first time looking at the ed blogger site and whoo i am impressed friend. . . iv been using wordpress for about 2years now and still loving it but ed blogger has opened my eyes, love and i mean love the post

    thanks john From rawlingbuilders

  2. Hi all

    I am a student of distance learning methodologies. I’m looking for more information on how to encourage discussions among students in Moodle forums. In short, a strategy to promote the exchange of ideas among students. If someone has some experience in this specific area would be very grateful.

    Thank you very much

    Silvio Barbieri

  3. Reggie Patch says:

    How do putt the widget of Shelfari on your edublog?…Tried every code and can’t get it to work.

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