Showing posts with label blogger how-to. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blogger how-to. Show all posts

Monday, April 25, 2016

How to Add Label Clouds to Blogger Blogs

Adding a label cloud or tag cloud to your blog can provide visitors with a convenient way to search for older content within your blog. Rather than scrolling through your archives or performing a keyword search, visitors simply click on a label in the label cloud to find all of the posts related to that label. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to add a label cloud to a Blogger blog.


Applications for Education
If you regularly label your the posts on your classroom blog, your students will thank you for adding a label cloud. When they're reviewing for final exams they will be able to simply click on a label for the topic they're studying and find all of the resources that you posted on that topic. That's much easier than trying to search through the blog archives for the month or day that you posted that handy review guide on the War of 1812 or the Pythagorean theorem.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

How to Add RSS Feeds and A Blog Roll to Your Blogger Blog

Earlier this week someone asked me how she could display all of her students' blogs on her classroom blog. The person who asked is using Blogger so this is a fairly simple process. If you're using Blogger you have two options for displaying students' blogs on your classroom blog. If you choose the "blog list" option you will display a simple list of links to blogs. If you choose the RSS feed option you will display the headline and the first sentences of new posts from all of the blogs that you choose to include. Directions for both methods are included in the screenshots below (click the images to view them in full size).




Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Tip About Drafting Posts Outside of Your Blog Post Editor

I create nearly all of my blog posts within the Blogger (for FreeTech4Teachers.com) or WordPress (for iPadApps4School.com and Android4Schools.com) post editors. Occasionally, I'll create some posts when I don't have an Internet connection. For example, this post was started while I was on a plane that didn't offer wi-fi. At some point in the school year you may find yourself or your students having to craft blog posts when you don't have access to the Internet either. One solution to this problem is to write your posts in Word, Pages, or Google Drive offline. But if you choose to do that there are a couple of things to consider before you push "publish" on that copied and pasted text. 

If you write a blog post in Word or Pages, when you go to copy it into Blogger or WordPress (including Edublogs and Kid Blog) don't copy it into the "Compose" editor (Blogger) or "Visual" editor (WordPress). If you copy it from Word or Pages and paste it into "Compose" or "Visual" you could be bringing along some background code that will alter the way that your post's text and other visual elements appear on the blog. What you should do instead is paste the content into the "HTML" editor (Blogger and WordPress use the same terminology here) which will reveal any strange code that shouldn't be in the post. What you should see is just the text of your post and possibly any embed code for a video or HTML for an image. If you see anything else around your text and especially between pieces of text, delete it. To preserve paragraph spacing simply insert <br /> between paragraphs while you're in the HTML editor. Before you hit "publish" on the post you can switch back to "Compose" or "Visual" to make sure your spacing is correct and or to style your font. This might sound like a lot of extra work, but it really isn't and in the long run it will save you the frustration of trying to sort out formatting issues with your blog posts. 

If you have Google Drive enabled for offline composition of documents, write your blog posts in it when you're offline. I've always been successful in simply copying and pasting text from Google Documents into the Compose editor on Blogger and Visual editor on WordPress without any formatting issues. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A Complete Guide to Using Blogger In School - 81 Page Free PDF

Since 2006 I have used Blogger for many blogging projects including this blog and many classroom blogs. Over the years I've introduced many teachers to blogging through Blogger. Blogger is easy to use and flexible enough to support you when you're ready to start using some advanced blogging strategies. I've covered the basics of Blogger and blogging in various blog posts over the years. This week I finally put all of those posts together with a series of annotated screenshots in one cohesive package, A Complete Guide to Using Blogger In School.

A Complete Guide to Using Blogger In School covers everything from blogging terminology to blogging activities to the nuts and bolts of using Blogger. You'll learn where to find media to use in blog posts, how to use media in blog posts, and get ideas for media-based blog posts. You'll also learn how to set-up your blog for multiple authors and how to manage comments.

A Complete Guide to Using Blogger In School is embedded below. (The file is hosted on Box.com, if you cannot see the document embedded below make sure that your filter isn't blocking Box.net. You may also need to be using Chrome or a recent version of Firefox, Safari, or IE as outdated browsers may not support the Box viewer).

I'm going to allow downloading the guide for the rest of the month. Downloads should be for personal, non-commercial use. Please do not redistribute it, including for workshops / faculty training, without my permission. I've used Box.net to host the file (81 page pdf). Box does not put advertising on the page while still allowing me to track downloads.

Friday, February 15, 2013

How to Post to Blogger via Email

The impending closure of Posterous Spaces has me back to recommending Blogger for quickly creating group blogs. One of the aspects of Blogger that makes it easy for students and teachers to write new blog posts is to post via email. If you can write an email, you can post to a Blogger blog. The screenshots below show you how to enable posting via email. (click the images to view them in full size)

Step 1: After signing into your Blogger account select settings from the drop-down menu next to the name of your blog.


Step 2: Select "mobile and email" in the settings menu.


Step 3: Specify the secret email address to which posts will be sent. Select "save as draft" if you want to moderate posts before they appear on your blog.