It’s back to school season in the Northern Hemisphere and for many teachers, this means considering a virtual space for your classroom.
Perhaps you’ve always wanted to have a class blog or get your students publishing online but you don’t know where to start?
There’s no better time to begin than right now! Up until the end of October, we’re offering a free Edublogs Pro subscription to all educators who complete our Blogging With Students course.
Blogging With Students is part of our Teacher Challenge series of free self-paced courses. It’s a great way to learn about getting started with blogging whether you’re interested in having a class blog and/or student blogs.
Here’s the deal…
- When you start the Blogging With Students course, you’ll get a one month subscription to Edublogs Pro.
- If you complete the course (and leave a meaningful comment on each post), you’ll get a 12 month Edublogs Pro subscription.
Simple as that!
This offer is for first-time users who don’t already use Edublogs Pro and is available until October 31, 2019.
How do I get my Pro upgrade?
Organizing your upgrade is simple. All you need to do is start the Blogging With Students course and have your free Edublogs site set up. You can get your free blog by signing up on the Edublogs homepage.
Once you’ve done these two things, simply email the Edublogs Support team with your blog URL. An example of a URL would be, http://morrisclass2019.edublogs.org
Our email address is listed below or click here to fill out a contact form.
Someone will upgrade your blog within 24 hours.
Email again when you have finished the course and we’ll extend your Pro subscription for 12 months. Make sure you’ve left a meaningful comment on each post in the course.
Everyone who completes a Teacher Challenge course also has access to a certificate and badge.
What Does Edublogs Pro Offer?
A free blog is great for getting started but there are a few advantages of using Edublogs Pro.
- You can embed video and HTML code in your posts, pages, and widgets. This allows you to integrate all sorts of third-party tools into your blog like Padlet, visitor tracking widgets, Google Slides and Docs, and more.
- You can allow your blog to be indexed by search engines like Google if you wish.
- You will have 50GB of storage rather than 1GB. This allows you to add more photos, videos, files, and audio to your blog.
- You can access visitor statistics in your dashboard and set up an email subscription for your readers.
- You can use your own custom domain if this interests you.
Check out the features of our blogs at a glance in this comparison table.
As you probably know, Edublogs is powered by WordPress which is the tool of choice for the majority of people who publish to the web in 2019 (both in and out of education). Curious to find out more about why WordPress is the best choice for student publishing? This post will help.
While Edublogs remains committed to offering free blogs for everyone, a Pro subscription is usually worth $39.95/year. This new offer is a win-win — free PD and a free virtual space for your year ahead.
About The Blogging With Students Teacher Challenge
This free, self-paced course guides you step-by-step through the process of setting up a class blog and blogging with students.
Maybe you want to just have a class blog, or perhaps you want to mainly focus on setting up blogs for your students.
This course covers both options from the start and you don’t need any prior knowledge. We start from scratch, so as long as you can navigate the internet, you’re good to go.
Each step in the course includes links to class blogs being used by educators to give you ideas and inspiration.
The activities can be completed at your own pace and in any order!
Visit the Blogging With Students home page or use the menu below to check out individual steps:
- Step 1: Set Up Your Class Blog
- Step 2: Set Up Pages
- Step 3: Write Your First Posts
- Step 4: Teach Quality Commenting Skills
- Step 5: Add Widgets
- Step 6: Help Parents And Students Connect
- Step 7: Images, Copyright, And Creative Commons
- Step 8: Embed Content In Posts
- Step 9: All About Video
- Step 10: Connect With Other Classes
- Step 11: Set Up Your Student Blogs
We know some teachers like to have a concrete guide to help them work through our online courses. We’ve put together an optional PDF workbook that will help to keep you on track and focused as you work through the 11 steps.
Read through the workbook below to find out more about the challenge.
Scroll down and click on the ‘download’ button under the document to save it to your computer.
Up For A 30 Day Challenge?
Want some support and reminders as you work through the Blogging With Students Challenge?
Sign up for email reminders!
We’ll pop into your inbox every few days for 30 days and present you one step at a time. We’ll show you exactly what you need to do and offer reminders as well.
To sign up, simply enter your details in the embedded form below, or click here to open the sign-up form in your browser.
You can start at any time.
More Free Courses For Teachers And Students
Currently, we have three professional development opportunities on our Teacher Challenge site with more to be added in future.
Here’s an overview of our key professional learning opportunities for teachers and students.
All our professional learning opportunities are free and open to anyone and everyone!
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