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Linoit – a stickies wall for your blog

One of our blogging teachers asked me a question about adding linoit to their blog. This is very similar to padlet (used to be called wallwisher) So I tried to create a linoit to add to this blog. Your students might like to add a sticky to the wall.

 

To add a sticky
  1. Hover over the heading Blogging Info next to Miss W’s avatar.
  2. Choose a coloured sticky.
  3. Type your answer on the sticky and save.
  4. If you need to edit later, click the pencil icon (first icon on sticky)
  5. Spread the stickies out so they can all be read by clicking on the linoit canvas.
To add linoit to your blog – need to sign up for free
  1. Write the rest of your blog post in your dashboard.
  2. Go to linoit in a new tab and create a new canvas to add the main task you want students to answer.
  3. Top right corner, click the information icon.
  4. This opens your embedding choices – click on the last choice – embed
  5. Copy the code.
  6. Back to your blog post dashboard.
  7. Press enter to start on a new line then click on the HTML or text tab on top right
  8. Paste in the code you have copied.
  9. Save draft and preview in a new tab.
  10. If it looks great then publish.
  11. If the linoit board is too big for the blog theme, go back to your post dashboard and still in HTML tab, change the width to about 480 pixels.
  12. Save again and update the post.

NB In the free version there will be ads visible on the linoit.

How could you use a linoit in your classroom?

Using plugins

You may have noticed when you have your dashboard open, that there is a section down the side called ‘Plugins’.

You may ask what is a plugin?

A plugin extends the way you can use your blog. It might be a form to add to posts, some extra widgets for the sidebar, an easy way to add images to posts – all these are done by activating a particular plugin. Here are some posts to read about activating plugins and an overview of those available on your blogs (instructions included).

There are some plugins I would recommend you have for your blogs. These are in alphabetical order but compfight is a necessity I feel.

Compfight – easy way to add creative commons images to your blog posts. Make sure you have the settings correct. This is how I have them set for this blog. Here is a post I wrote for the student blogging challenge which gives instructions on using the compfight plugin.

WP cumulus is an interesting way to show the tags or categories on your blog as if they are floating on a cloud.

Contact form allows parents or visitors to send an email to you through your blog. Might be handy on a page called  ‘Contact Us”.

DOGO content widget allows book reviews, movie reviews etc from DOGO site.

Footnotes would be great for those students in the Big Picture program to give references in their blog posts. Could also be used with younger students teaching them about referencing any posts they write after they have researched a topic.

Google maps if you want to include a map in a post or in your ‘About Us’ page

Image widget for your sidebar for students who might be more visually focussed rather than links written as words – good for those commonly used websites like studyladder, reading eggs, mathletics etc.

Notifier reviewer if you want to receive an email every time a student has written a post that is pending review. If you visit your blog often, you probably don’t need to have this plugin.

Subscribe to comments is handy for visitors to your blog. They might leave a comment and want to know when someone replies to the comment – they tick the box about subscribing to comments. This is for only one post at a time. Your visitors can tick this box on as many posts as they want to hear about comment replies.

Supreme google webfonts has 291 fonts available but this slows your blog down quite a bit having to load this each time.

 

Adding a class cyber pet

I notice many classes are starting to add class pets but some are not working properly, so I decided to write a post with step by step instructions for adding a cyber pet as a widget on your blog sidebar.

1. Go to this website which is the gallery at widgetbox.

2. Click on cyber pet.

3. Click on Bunnyhero labs

 

4. Choose the pet you want by clicking on it.

5. Now customize your pet by changing colour, adding a name for the pet and putting in your class name as the adopter. Change the text colour as well if you want. You should be seeing on the right of the page what your changes will make your pet look like.

6.  Make sure the number for the width is between 180 and 200 if you are putting your pet in the sidebar. Finally click on the first button  </>  This is the embed code button on many websites.

7. When the following screen appears click on the green copy button. This copies the code to your clipboard on your computer.

8. If you have done all the above steps correctly the final screen will look like this.

9. Now the last step is to copy the code into your blog widget area. Go to your blog dashboard> appearance> widgets

Drag a text box to the sidebar where you want the pet to appear. Put in a title if you want and paste in the code that is on your clipboard – use control V.

Save and then close. Go to your class blog, refresh the blog and you should now have your pet in the sidebar.

 

Do you know of any other great websites with widgets other than widgetbox?

What other widgets would you like on your class blog?

Many thanks to Sue Waters for telling me about the program SnagIT which I have used for the arrows and numbers on the images.  Next learning step for me will be creating a video as well.

Adding clock widgets

We have had some classes start joining in global activities such as:

Other global projects you might like to check out include:

Once you start involving your class in global collaborative activities, students start asking questions like:

Why aren’t the students answering my comments straight away?

What is the time over there?

To help students understand time zones around the world, you can always add some widgets to your sidebar, or as a page like Mrs Yollis does.

Here are some websites for clocks -weatherandtimeworld time server, widgetbox, clocklink, timeanddate,

Here is a world clock, set it for Tassie time (click on Tasmania) then hover over the area where you want to know what the time is eg east coast of America.

Here is a post from Ronnie Burt at Edublogs with other widgets to add to your sidebar.

Image: ‘SAF#2

Using embed code

 

Help is on the way, elevator, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL.JPGHave you been visiting other blogs and seeing:

  • class pets
  • Vokis
  • revolver maps
  • Animoto slideshows
  • videos
  • photopeach slideshows
  • flag counters

and wondering how you can add them to your blog?

You need to use embed code.

Instead of me writing a complete post about how to do this, I am going to send you to another blog which already has it set out step by step.

On your class blogroll under “Get help here” you will have a link to Edublogs Help and support. This is the very first place I go to if I want to find out how to do something with my blog.

Once on that page, go to the Edublogs full user guide which categorises the posts that will help you improve your blog.

Or teachers, you  might want to visit the Handouts, worksheets and PD page. Some great things to use in case the internet goes down during a blogging session. There is also a curriculum corner with lots of fantastic ideas for using blogs in class.

You will notice students will need to have at least author responsibility if adding images and other media including videos and embed code to their posts.

If I can’t find the answer at Edublogs help and support, I will next go to the Edublogger where Sue Waters from Western Australia and Ronnie Burt from Texas, USA write informative posts about blogging. Again there is a link to this on your class blog sidebar blogroll.

PS If you have a Smartboard in your room and have the notebook version 11, there is a Voki widget tab where you can add embed code in your notebook pages.

Image: Source at flickr