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  • Blogs what, why and how? A blog is a web-log It is a simple website that anyone can setup without any advanced computer know-how Its the future: blogs, video blogs, audio blogs. Blogs are the principle reason Time magazines person of 2006 was YOU!
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  • Why blog? Publish Homeworks Publish useful web links, assessment guides, rubrics, tips on the blog for students to use at home/in school. Celebrate students achievement public recognition of achievement. Links etc will be there for all time next year it will all be there already! Students DO use them: My blog so far has over 5000 hits. Its been up and running in this form since October 2006 (less than 4 months). I get a few hits from other people, but 4000+ are ISM students. Potentially lots more: blogs in education are really at the beginning. Already people are experimenting with using blogs for inter-school links: an instant online archived conversation
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  • First go to The page should look something like this. Click on start your Wordpress Blog
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  • Now enter your details into the sign up form. Your user name should be memorable and you probably want to use your ism email address to sign up. Make sure you click the I have read the terms of service button and then click on next
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  • Like this but obviously with your own info
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  • The blog domain is the www address that students will need to type to find your blog, so make it simple and memorable! The blog title is the name of the blog: e.g. ISM History. Once you are done just click on sign up
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  • You will probably want to fill in some basic details about yourself here. Now you need to check your email. There should be an email from wordpress, click on the link in it and
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  • You should arrive at a page like this. Note down the password, you can change it later. Click on Login
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  • Now enter the details you were given here.
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  • Click on the name of your blog to enter the Dashboard
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  • The dashboard is where you access all the different management functions of your blog. Yours will probably look a bit bare at the moment, but it will be full info in no time! Now lets set an important option that will stop students adding random comments to the blog (potentially very embarrassing). Click on Options
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  • The options page does exactly what is says. Now lets go to discussion options by clicking on the discussion button.
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  • Move down the page a bit and you should see this. These settings are the ones I recommend. It means that anyone can comment on your blog, but that nothing will actually appear on your blog until you have moderated the comments: allowing you to catch unwanted comments before they appear! Make sure you click on update settings at the bottom of the page, or these changes wont be saved. After you have done that click on presentation at the top.
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  • Here you can select different themes to make your blog look individual. Try a few out, you can always revert back to the original one. I prefer Andreas04. Now click on sidebar widgets
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  • Sidebar widgets appear in the columns of your blog. They provide useful things like a search box, blog stats, a list of categories and useful weblinks (wordpress calls these blogroll). You will want to experiment with these later for the best functionality and look. Now lets look at how you add a post to your blog. Click on write in the menu at the top of the page
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  • To add a post you simply type in the title, the content and then click on publish. Posts are automatically added chronologically, with the most recent appearing at the top of your blog first. If you want to attach a file (e.g. a PowerPoint, word document, picture etc) then you can do so from the upload panel below. One of the most useful things about wordpress is the ability to tag your posts. So for example if I tag this post with the tag 7C then clicking on the 7C catogory in my blog will show this post, and any others that are also tagged 7C. This allows you to keep posts ordered: members of 7C can simply click to see all the posts that are relevant to them, without all the other forms posts getting in the way!
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  • There are many other things you can do with a wordpress blog. Most things can be done very simply: 90% of the things on my blog simply involve the write button. If you have any questions about how to do anything else then please ask!