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!”
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.
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.
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
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.
2. Follow Edublogs on Twitter
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.
- 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.
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- Blogging Tools To Help You Blog
- Using Your Twitter Network For Help & Providing Their Recommendations
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