Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from the Free Technology for Teachers World Headquarters in Woodstock, Maine. The sun is shining and the temperature is cool, but not cold. In other words, it's a perfect day for a walk in the woods with Max as we search for a "Charlie Brown Christmas tree." But before we do that, I have this week's list of the most popular posts.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. 15 Good Tools for Quickly Gathering Feedback from Students
2. EDPuzzle Now Has a Google Classroom Integration
3. Chronas - Interactive Historical Map and Data Sets
4. Fake or Real? - A Fun Google Search Challenge
5. Four Google Apps Updates You Might Have Missed This Week
6. A Great List of Web Tools That Don't Require Registration
7. Create Interactive Year-in-Review Timelines

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Three Customizations You Should Know How to Apply to Your Classroom Blog

Creating a blog is one of the first things that I recommend to teachers who are looking to improve the way that they distribute information to students and their parents. I also frequently recommend using blogs to have students share their writing as well as audio and visual projects. Once the basic blog is created using Blogger or WordPress (including platforms like Edublogs which are powered by WordPress) then we'll start to look at ways to customize the blog. There are three customizations that I often recommend. Those are scheduling blog posts, pinning or featuring blog posts, and restricting access to posts. The three videos embedded below demonstrate how to do those things.

How to schedule blog posts to appear on a later date and time:

How to create pinned or featured blog posts:

How to restrict access to blog posts:

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