Last week we had some technological issues with people having trouble signing on, this was not a waste of time because sometimes with ICT things do not go to plan and you have to work around these issues. Some of you learnt how to reset your passwords, this is a valuable skill to learn when working online. With every online application you will be asked to create a user name and a password and sometimes you will forget your login details and will need to reset your passwords; so knowing how to do this is a valuable skill.
If you are one of the people who could not login please follow these instructions.
- Login to your laptop (If you had issues with this last week I have reset your passwords – please see me).
- Open up your email account and find the email from ‘edublogs’ that informs you that a blog has been created for you.
- Open the link in the email
- Type in your username – see the whiteboard (notice how I am not publishing this information on the blog because I am aware of that although my intended audience is for my Grade 9 ICT students my blog is still on the internet so is in a public domain where anyone can see it. This means some things are kept confidential).
- Type in your password, if the password I have given you does not work then you need to do the following.
- Look on the page and you will see under the sign box text that will say something like, ‘click here to reset your password’.
- Click that hyperlink – it will send an email to your school email account.
- Open up the email and you will see another hyperlink that says something similar to, ‘to reset your password click here’. Click on this hyperlink.
- This will take you to a page asking you to create a new password.
When creating a password some applications/ sites ask you to include several different things into your password to make it hard for people to hack your account. This website asks you to use at least one capital letter, letters or numbers and a symbol. I suggest you write this down as you create it and keep it in a safe place where no-one can see it. (If you have your phone on you ASK ME for permission to put your password into your notes section on your phone – make sure your phone is password protected).
If you know you will forget your password then if you like I can keep a record of it in my phone.
REMEMBER IF YOU FORGET YOUR PASSWORD YOU WILL HAVE TO DO THIS ROUTINE EVERY TIME YOU LOGIN.
If you managed to log in to your blog then you will need to do the following.
Leave a comment on this post telling us what you are going to be blogging about.
After you leave your comment you are to do the next two tasks BEFORE you can start to customise your blog.
Following useful blogs to help you on our blogging journey.
Over the next few weeks I will be giving you detailed instructions on how to do things on your blog that help you check off boxes on the Grade 9 ICT curriculum, however, as you get more familiar and knowledgeable about ICT and blogging I will be withdrawing some of that help and encouraging you to find the information yourself on the internet. This is one of the things we use the internet for – to find information; however, I’m not completely mean, I will occasionally recommend some sites to you that I find and think will be good blogs to follow. (See below for your first two). I also ENCOURAGE you to share any useful websites and blogs that YOU find with me and your classmates – this is called collaboration and is a vital life skill.
YOUR NEXT TASK…
Here are some useful sites that you will need to attach to your blogs as you will need them in the next few weeks.
To attach a blog
- Right click on the link and select ‘open in a new window’.
- The blog should open up in a new window and you will see a black header bar at the top of the webpage. In this bar you will see a love heart icon and the word ‘follow’.
- Click the love heart and it will turn red. You are now following the blog.
(You can tell you are following a blog because it will appear in your ‘dashboard’ on the right hand side of the page).
Students as bloggers – getting started with your blog http://www.xpress360.net.au/students/
Your next step is to decide if you would like to participate in the Student Blogging Challenge (see below).
Student Blogging Challenge – Are you up for it?
IF you manage to work your way through these exercises quickly then you can start to customise your blog.
- Go to your dashboard.
- On the right hand side menu you will see the link for ‘Appearance’. When you hover over this word you will see a menu appear, select ‘theme’.
- Browse the multitude of free themes available for you to use. You can ‘preview’ a theme by selecting preview and a window will be created with the theme temporarily applied to your blog so you can see what it would like if you chose that theme.
- Once you find a theme you like click ‘apply theme’.