So you want to write a blog post?
Well, the easiest thing to do would be to go to the dashboard, hit “write” near the top. Then just start writing. Push the button that says “publish” near the bottom of the write screen when you’re done.
However, being ambitious teachers/students, you probably want to do more than that. Directly above the box you write in are a whole set of other boxes that resemble the stuff in the tool bar for Microsoft Word. In fact, they all work the same way as that program. Highlight the text you want to alter, then click the bold “B” to bold, the italic “I” for italics, and so on and so forth.
The link key is the button with a link of chain above the writing box. If you highlight text and click it, the program will automatically give you a box to insert a URL into. When the blog post is published, a reader would be able to click those words and get to that page. You may want to use this, for example, to reference someone else’s thoughts on another one of our blogs (click on their title to get the right URL) or to reference something else you found out on the WWW at large.
The button labeled code on top of the tool bar is for all of you who know a little HTML so that you can write in bells and whistles you don’t see covered in the buttons. The one function I find useful is blockquote for when I’m quoting someone elsewhere. For that, at least on my blog, you have to be in the code screen, so press code. After that, write “<blockquote>” at the beginning of the text you’re blocking out, then “</blockquote> at the end.
With respect to what to write in a blog post, we had a lot of complaints last year about not showing what a good blog post looks like. This year, I have samples I can cite. Therefore, with apologies in case the authors are modest, look at this post, this post or maybe this post out of many fine examples from which I might choose.
When you read these you’ll see they’re all thoughtful, reflective and most importantly, to at least some extent the authors all discuss how the information they’re learning might end up in their classes.
In a few days, I’ll tackle another big problem last year: How to post pictures on your blog.