Day 2 of 20 Days to BlogTastic - Pretty Stuff
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Wow, great to see so many blogs being created and updated yesterday. Hopefully I've ironed out the email bugs and we're full steam ahead.
Here's a list I compiled from the comments with all the blog addresses in it.
If you haven't already remember to add your blog address in the comments on yesterday's post here's a link to the post. I'll keep updating this blog list as more blogs are added. We'll use this list later in the training to make a few more connections for our students.
Today we're looking at the different things you can do to make your class blog personalised for your class. This challenges looks at ways of changing the standard themes to suit your school and class.
This video explains how to use template designer to change the basic theme behind your class blog. You might want to skip through it once you've taken a peek at the first few items as they're all pretty similar.
A blog header is the image or text that sits at the top of your blog like your blog logo. There are lots of different ways to create your own header for your blog. Here's a video that explains how to create your own header in Google Drawing.
Here's an in depth tutorial using PicMonkey to make a blog header
Here's an in depth tutorial using Pixlr to make a blog header
Gadgets are links and small programs that can be added to your blog to preform different operations to enhance your blog.
Here's a video that shows how to add gadgets to your blog:
Native Blogger Gadgets (Find these when you click the ‘add a gadget link)
Blog’s Stats (Hit counter)
Follow by Email
Visitor Statistics (hit counters)
Clocks and Calendars
A few gadgets to remove
Some of the gadgets that come as defaults on your blog may not be appropriate for you and your classroom.
The contributors and profile gadgets link back to your Google + and Blogger profiles, if you'd prefer these not to be so visible on your blog I'd remove those two gadgets.
Make your blog look different!
Change it to reflect your classroom and your learners. Decide if you're going to remove the profile and contributors gadget - remove them if that's what you want to do. Add at least two gadgets to your blog - I'd highly recommend a hit counter and text or a profile that tells readers a bit about who you are. Finally if you're feeling brave create your own blog header and add it to your blog. Don't forget to let us know you've updated your blog by adding a comment on this post.