Blogging Tips and Toolsi_love_my_blog.gif


As with all free cool blog tools out there on the Internet (and their are thousands) - make sure the one you choose has no advertising!

Hit Counters

These count the amount of times your blog is viewed by visitors. Great for establishing with your students the fact that they have an audience and people value their learning. Here are some places you can get a hit counter from. Add to your blog under Layout>Page Elements>Add a gadget (in sidebar)>HTML/Javascript - paste the code the site gives you in there and then don't forget to save!

Worldwide Visitor Trackers

These are great for showing where in the world you are getting your visitors from. For example, your students may have Grandparents etc that are viewing from another country or you may even be collaborating with another class online. Great to gain a wider perspective of the potential audience of their learning. Add to your blog under Layout>Page Elements>Add a gadget (in sidebar)>HTML/Javascript - paste the code the site gives you in there and then don't forget to save!

Motivation - making students aware of their blog audience

Use the below posters to make a display of the number of 'hits" (or visitors) to your class blog. Make a student responsible each week for checking the class blog and updating the poster twice a day. When your blog is up and running you could even do some maths work on how many hitsIMG_0772.JPG occured on the blog overnight etc. a great way to get kids motivated and excited about their class blog and their audience. Also good with juniors to reinforce place value etc.
Have a celebration when you reach 1000 hits etc.

Fancy Blog Backgrounds

These alter how your blog looks and can make your blogs appearance unique to your class. Best to choose one (with or without consultation with students depending on what you wish to do) and then stick to it for the year. Follow the instructions on the site for how to get them to display on your blog. Remember to choose an age appropriate background for your class.

Photo Slideshow Tools

These sites allow you to make cool photo slideshows to put in your blog in a matter of minutes - and they look fantastic! Below is just a snippit of what is available.
Remember to check the images that you are using. All students in the photos need to have their online permission forms signed by parents. Be careful of students in the backgrounds of photos or unknown students - they may not have permission to have their image online.

Quick and easy voice uploading


Presentation (PowerPoint) Sharing Tools

These tools will allow you to share your students' classwork that they have done in PowerPoint format and embed it into your blog.

Document (Word) Sharing Tools



Multimedia Project Tools



Making your class blog also act as an Individual blog



How to write on our class blog - for students

This poster is ideal to have at the computer for students to refer to (perhaps blow up to A3?). It contains a step by step set of instructions and screen shots on what students need to do to write about their learning on their class blog. Teachers, make sure you log students in and never share the username/passwords with them at this date.

Cool Photo Tools