Looking for HELP? Send Chocolate!

If you’re an Edublogs, Edublogs Campus, WordPress.com, WordPress.org or WordPress MU user I recommend you take the time to check out the new Getting Started With Your Blog I’ve been writing for our Help and Support site !

Sure a few sections, such as Signing up for your blog and Logging into your blog dashboard, are specific for Edublogs users but the rest apply to any blog powered by WordPress.

It’s broken into ‘tasty bite-sized’ sections with tips specifically to help educators use their blogs with students. Each part can be viewed online or downloaded as handy PDFs.

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And yes, before you ask, it’s not quite finished yet! While you’ve been sleeping (and perhaps also awake) I’ve been slaving over the hot stove to get it done– subscribe to this RSS feed to have new sections home delivered!

Hope you enjoy and find them useful ….. please send chocolate to keep me sustained while I finish the rest.

Oh yeah, and if I’ve missed something — let me know 8-)

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Sue Waters

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23 Responses

  1. Miss W. says:

    I have been following you as you publish these great posts for using your blogs. I suggested my students add it as a link on their blogs under a section ‘Help needed” and I refer them to these pages before I will answer their questions.

    Last week, with the change of dashboard, was certainly a time for the digital natives to Learn : Un-learn : Re-learn while doing their blogging work.

    • Sue Waters says:

      @Miss W., Do you have them already subscribing to the feed of the Help and Support site? And if so can you give me a link to one of their blogs as an example to check? BTW I am having to change some of the dates/times of the posts as I need to make them fit specific orders. Just warning as it will break links.

      • Miss W. says:

        @Sue Waters, no they are not subscribing to the feed, just adding the general link to the help edublogs site. I will be getting them to do it tomorrow probably.

        • Sue Waters says:

          @Miss W., Interesting and pondering what would be the best way that you could add it to their blog. Sure you could use the slimline RSS widget I’m using on my right hand side but wonder if the link to the site is better? That way they can easy visit and/or search.

  2. anna says:

    a computer-shaped bar of delicious Italian chocolate with thanks for your great job here at Edublogs :)

    click http://www.ilmacaco.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/mac_cioccolato.jpg

  3. monicabirchall says:

    Hi, Sue,
    I am just learning the rope of having my own blog. I would like to change the name of the blog.Can you help me do that, please?

  4. merschelblog says:

    I am an 8th grade teacher who has her own blog with edublogs. I am now trying to have my students sign up and I keep getting the message, “registration is disabled.” I looked on the forums but the posts regarding this did not seem to help. I really want to blog with my students and am hoping you can help me with this.

    • Sue Waters says:

      @merschelblog, Are the email addresses you trying to use have this email domain elko.k12.nv.us? If so I think then I think the spam measures we have implemented to reduce spam blogs are stopping their registration.

      However even without that I think you would find that your school filter will block the activation emails from Edublogs. Are you able to use alternative email address with them? Or could you use the gmail + method to sign them up – and create a class gmail account to use?

      • merschelblog says:

        @Sue Waters,
        I tried to sign someone up using their own email at yahoo as well and it still said the registration was disabled. I will try the gmail + method and see if we can all use the same account. Thanks for your help. I’ll be back if it doesn’t work. :)

        • Sue Waters says:

          @merschelblog, can you email me with the email addresses you tried to use if you still have problems so that I can check out further?

          • merschelblog says:

            @Sue Waters,
            I will send you the email addresses I tried. I can’t seem to find your email address though. It’s probably really obvious and I’m just missing it. Sorry.

          • Sue Waters says:

            @merschelblog, My apologies. If you had marked subscribed to comments you automatically are sent comments with my email address. Can you email me at support{at]edublogs[dot]org?

  5. shawlandspe says:

    Hi

    I have just transfered to a new school. Is it possible to transfer a copy of my blog from my old school. Obviously i would have to edit my blog slightly but this would still be a lot easier than starting from scratch.

    Thanks

    • Sue Waters says:

      @shawlandspe, What you can do is import your olg blog onto a new blog.

      Or alternatively continue to use your old blog but buy a domain and map it to your blog – this means you don’t need to move the content and can use the same web address but it will display differently. You need to be an Edublogs supporter to do this – refer to these instructions.

      Here is how you import from another blog:

      1. Create a new blog (log into your account then go to http://edublogs.org/wp-signup.php)
      2. Log into your edublogs.org blog Dashboard
      3. Click on Tools > Export
      4. Click on Download Export file and save onto your hard drive
      5. Log into your new bog
      6. Click on Tools > Import
      7. Click on WordPress
      8. Browse to locate Download Export file
      9. Click on upload file and import

      This will import all pages, posts, comments, files. But you will need to manually set up your blog theme and widgets. We recommend that you have both blogs open in separate browser tabs or windows and work between the two blogs to change the theme and add in the widget.

  6. Senora Borzain says:

    Hello, I’m a new here. I have searched through the help/search bar and watched tutorials. I am a Spanish teacher who wishes to use the blog for students to write in Spanish only. How do we make accent marks / diacritical marks / special characters / foreign characters — we need upside down question marks and exclamation marks and accents over various letters? I signed up because I saw that you have added Spanish. That seems to apply to the buttons for the kids to click which is nice, although I’m concerned about their composition. What have I missed? -Corey

  7. Senora Borzain says:

    Hello,
    Not really sure how these forums work. Except for this one with this comment box, I can’t seem to get into any.

    Does anyone know how to remove the button that says ShareThis? I can’t have my students going to facebook, etc. That would not go over well.

    Any comments? Thank you. -Corey (Senora Borzain)

    • Sue Waters says:

      @Corey, I think you will find the special characters available in the advance feaures of the formatting toolbar of the Visual Editor but you won’t be able to use this with comments. Other people might have alternative suggestions so you might want to ask the same question in the forum.

      ShareThis is a plugin. You need to go to Plugins > Installed and deactivate AddThis Social Bookmarking.

  8. duncanexton says:

    Sue
    I don’t know if this is the place to ask however I couldn’t find anywhere else. I am having a problem uploading document (Word files) of student’s work onto our classroom blog. I have been uploading files for years and never had this problem previously. Why is it happening now? I’ve tried on numerous computers and had no success. Any ideas? I believe it has not worked since Global Student changed their page format a while back.
    Frustrated teacher
    Regards
    Duncan

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