Category Archives: How To’s

Login, Appearance and Themes

Edublogs

  • How to Login
  • How to Visit Blogs
  • How to Change the Appearance and Themes

Step 1: Enter the following website into the URL: http://myriverside.sd43.bc.ca/

Step 2: Click Login

Step 3: Enter your Edublogs Username and Password

Step 4: Click Log In

How to Visit a Teachers Blog

To visit a specific teachers blog simply add a backslash (/), followed by the teacher’s first initial and full last name at the end of http://myriverside.sd43.bc.ca/ For example, to visit Mr. Gee’s blog, you would type in http://myriverside.sd43.bc.ca/bgee

How to Visit a Student’s Blog

To visit a student’s blog add a backslash (/), followed by the full first name of the student, the initial of their last name, and 2014. For example, to visit John Smith’s blog, you would type in http://myriverside.sd43.bc.ca/johns2014*

*The 2014 represents the year the student entered grade 9 at Riverside

How to Change the Theme

Step 1: Go to Appearance, select Themes

Step 2: Select a theme that you are interested in, mobile friendly options are available. Choose a mobile friendly option.

Step 3: Once you choose a theme, you can select Live Preview to view what it looks like, or simply activate it

Step 4: Select customize

Step 5: Customize your blog

Site Title and Tagline – Create a title, and brief tagline that represents you

Ex. Mr. Gee’s Techie Blog

Ex. Loves life, sports, family and sleep

Colors – Select the color that you would like the background of your blog to be

Header Image – Upload a picture to use as your header

Background Image – Upload a picture to use as your background

*To optimize your photo for both the background and header image, please make sure they are the appropriate size. There is a link below to help you re-size your picture.

Navigation – Select what navigation menu you will use once you create your menu structure, for most it will be titled “main”

Widgets – To control widgets you may have added to your blog

Static Front Page – Control what page you want viewers to see when they first go to your blog, it can be your latest posts or a static page

Useful Links

Official Edublog Guide to Changing Themes and Appearance

How to Resize Your Pictures

Posting

Edublogs

  • How to Post
  • How to Use Your Posting Options

How to Post

Step 1: Go to your Dashboard and click Posts, located on the left hand side of the page, or, at the top of the page click on New

Step 2: Click Add New to create a new post

Step 3: Add a title for your post

Step 4: Add content to your post. As you add content, there are options to alter the fonts, add media and hyperlink located above

Step 5: Select the appropriate category (usually a subject) where you want the post to go. The post will go to whatever categories your select. For example, students can choose portfolio, if they would like there post to go to their portfolio.

Step 6: Add tags that are specific to your post so that you can find it easier (e.g. World War 2, Short Stories). Tagging is a method used to organise your posts even more specifically by topic. If you are using the reading program on the blog, it will also allow you locate students work by tag.

Step 7: If you would like to set a featured image that will show up on your blog posts, you may select a picture specific to your blog post now.

Step 8: Prior to publishing, you have lots of options:

  • Status: You can save your post as a draft to publish at a later date
  • Visibility: You can make your posts public, private, or password protect them
  • Publish: You can select a publishing date fort the blog to automatically publish your work

Step 9: Select Publish

How to Use Your Editor Video – Click Here

How to Post Video – Click Here

How to Control and Edit Your Posts

Step 1: Go to your Dashboard

Step 2: Select Posts

Step 3: Select All Posts

Step 4: Locate the post you would like to edit or delete

 

Pictures and Video

Edublogs

  • How to Add Video
  • How to Add Pictures

How to Embed a Video

Videos from video sharing websites can be placed into your posts by using the 1) URL and 2) Embed Code

URL

Step 1: Copy the video’s URL from your web browser’s address bar while viewing the video. For YouTube you use the video URL from “Share this video” under the Share option.

Step 2: Go to your Dashboard, select Posts, and select Add New

Step 3: Paste the URL on a line by itself in your post/page editor where you want the video to appear. Your video will appear on your blog when you publish your post.

Embed

Step 1:  Locate the video you want to embed.  Copy the embed code (when using YouTube, use the share option, and select embed to generate an embed code). Websites range in the methods they use to represent the embed codes, look closely for them. *For YouTube videos make sure you turn off “Show suggested video feature”.

Step 2: Go to your Dashboard, select Posts, and then select Add New

Step 3: Place the cursor where you want the video to appear, and then click on Add Media

Step 4: In the Add Media window click on Insert Embed Code

Step 5: Paste the embed code into the text box

Step 6: Click Insert into Post. Your media will appear when you publish your video

Additional Resources

How to Add Picture

Step 1: Go to your Dashboard, select Posts

Step 2: Select Add New

Step 3: Select Add Media

Step 4: You have 3 options:

1) Upload a picture from your computer

2) Add a picture you have already uploaded from your Media Library

3) Add a picture from a URL

 Step 5: Select a picture, and click Open

Step 6: Select a picture from your Media Library, enter a title

Step 7: Click on Insert into Post

Menu’s, Pages, Categories

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  • How to Create Categories
  • How to Create a Page
  • How to Change Your Menu Structure

What are the Differences and Similarities Between a Category and Page

Your categories are where you’ll publish your main content such as what’s been happening in class, assignment information, documents, and more.  They are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order with the most recent post at the top of the page. Pages on blogs are normally used for information that you want to share with your readers but don’t expect to update frequently.

Click Here for a Video Explaining the Differences and Similarities

Properties of a Page Properties of a Post / Category

·         Blog pages are displayed independently of post history and are more static.  They remain the same from day to day since they are rarely updated

·         Normally used for information that you want to share with readers but don’t expect to update frequently.

·         Pages don’t have time stamps so don’t show the date they are published.

·         Blog pages can appear anywhere in your blog depending on your theme.

·         You can change the order pages appear.

·         You can’t assign category and tags to pages.

·         Pages don’t appear in RSS feeds so readers need to visit your blog to view latest page updates.

·         You can create sub-pages which you assign to a parent page to create nested pages.

·         Blog posts appear in reverse chronological order so that the most recent posts is the first post that your readers see.

·         Post are dynamic and updated regularly.

·         Posts have a time show which displays the date and time the post was published.

·         You can assign categories and tags to posts which make them easier to find.

·         Posts appear in RSS feed so readers who subscribe to your blog will receive your latest post in their RSS reader.

·         Posts display the name of the post author.

How to Create Categories

Step 1: Go to your Dashboard

Step 2: Select Posts

Step 3: Select Categories

Step 4: Give your category a name

Step 5: Choose if you would like to parent your category. You use a parent category if you want to nest a category within a category. If not, simply select None.

Step 6: Click Add New Category

How to Create Pages

Step 1: Go to your dashboard

Step 2: Select Pages, Add New

Step 3: Give your page a title

Step 4: Select Publish

Step 5: Edit the visibility and publishing time of your page if necessary

How to Change Your Menu Structure

Step 1: Go to your dashboard

Step 2: Select Appearance

Step 3: Select Menus

Step 4: Select the pages you would like to add to your menu, then select Add to Menu

Step 5: Select the posts you would like to add to your menu, then select Add to Menu

Step 6: Adjust the menu, and organise the menu, how you would like it to be organised, you can see what items are pages and categories

Step 7: Save Menu

*You can create a new menu structure by selecting Create a New Menu at the top of the page*

Click Here for a Video Showing How to Create a Menu