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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Blogger app

We are learning how to use the blogger app today.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Using the Blogger App on your iPad/iPod

On your ipad and ipod there is a blogger app which you can use to upload photos,videos (not on ipod) text straight to your blog.This video gives you a quick overview of how it works. txt

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Emailing a photo to your blog

Take your photo
Find it in camera roll,
Click on share icon.
Type mobile and email address ( see blog settings mobile and email)
Add message

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Adding Gadgets to your Blog

There are many practical and more quirky gadgets/widgets you can add to your blog to add fuctionality and interest. Here are some options.

Must haves:
1. Blog Archive-list of recent posts.
2. Follow by email-this allows others to keep up with your news.
3. Links List-this is where you can add links to website you and your students use often eg School website, Mathletics, Stuff etc.
4. Image-A good idea to have at the top of the side bar to add a personal touch to your blog.
5. Labels-a list of labels you have added to your posts. This is most important when students are posting to your class blog in order for parents/family to locate their posts quickly.

Other suggestions:
1. Visitor Counter
2. Clock
3. Live feed - who is looking at your blog and when.
4. World Map of visitors-where in the world your visitors are from.
These items are all created when you add HTML/Java Script gadget.  You copy an HTML code from a website into this window, save it and it shows up in your side bar.  If you want to access any of these gadgets do a google search for options eg visitor counter for blogger or alternately find one you like on a blog, double click on it and it will generally take you to the website where you can create your own.  Some eg Clustr Maps requires you to enter a username and password to create a map.
Have fun and be as creative as you like.

How do I add these gadgets?
1. Click on "design" on the top right of the blog window.
2. Click on "layout" of the left side of the design window.
3. Go to your sidebar (may be left or right side depending on the layout of your blog) and click on "Add a gadget".
4. Follow the instructions in the gadget window.  Save.
5. You can move the gadgets up or down to get them in the order you choose. To do this click on the gadget, hold down and move up and down as you wish until you have it in the desired place/order.
Side Bar

Layout Window

Monday, 4 March 2013

How to use Creative Commons

When you are placing images on your blog that you have not taken yourself, you need to be using creative commons, or non-copyright images. Watch this slideshare from the NZ Creative Commons rep to help you along the way.