Grade 9 Blogging Take Two

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.

  1. Login to your laptop (If you had issues with this last week I have reset your passwords – please see me).
  2. Open up your email account and find the email from ‘edublogs’ that informs you that a blog has been created for you.
  3. Open the link in the email
  4. 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).
  5. Type in your password, if the password I have given you does not work then you need to do the following.
  6. Look on the page and you will see under the sign box text that will say something like, ‘click here to reset your password’.
  7. Click that hyperlink – it will send an email to your school email account.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

YOUR TASK!

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

  1. Right click on the link and select ‘open in a new window’.
  2. 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’.
  3. 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/

Edublogs help and support – user guide if you want to get ahead and add extra things to your blog  http://help.edublogs.org/user-guide/

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?

This week a world wide student blogging challenge started.  Many of the things we are covering in class will be included in this challenge so it might be fun for you to participate in as it will give you more experience in blogging. If you would like to participate you can connect with other students all over the world and learn a tremendous amount as well (and you can get cool badges to put onto your blog too!)  To find out more go to this link,  http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/

IF you manage to work your way through these exercises quickly then you can start to customise your blog. 

Brainstorm a name for your blog.
Have a think, what is my blog about?
What could be a good name for my blog that will tell readers what the blog is about and will make my blog sound interesting? Once you come up with an APPROPRIATE name (remember your audience and that you are representing the school) discuss it with me and I will provide you with instructions on how to change the name of your blog.
Customising 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’.

I’m So Excited, I Just Can’t Hide It!

Hello Grade 9’s,

Welcome to YOUR new blog!

That’s right, in I.C.T this year we are going to be using the blogging platform to learn about Digital Citizenship, our Digital Footprint and how to find our way around computers and the internet.  I find this very exciting because it is a practical way to teach you real life skills that you are going to need in your life.

So, some of you may be asking, ‘what is a blog?’ Well, it is an online platform where you can write about anything you want.  For example, there are teaching blogs, student blogs, company blogs (where they discuss their product or service), craft blogs, car blogs, film blogs, music blogs, gaming blogs …

If you are still unsure then here is a great little video that helps explain it some more.

We will be discussing in depth the correct way to interact with a professional blog, the do’s and don’ts and everything in-between.  In class we will work out these rules as we go along but the basics is what we have spoken about in class – one word – RESPECT.  Respect yourself, respect others and respect property.

There is one very important rule that is non-negotiable and that is you can only use your FIRST name in your posts, comments and basically anything you do on your blog, the class’s blog or any other blog you interact with.  You are also only to call each other by your first name too (no nicknames). This is to protect your identity from strangers. We also are going to ask that if your parents wish to comment on your blog or the class’s that when they sign the comment they use their first name and then ‘Sue’s dad’ or ‘Barry’s mum’ i.e. Bruce, Sue’s dad.  This way we (as a class) can identify who is commenting but again we are protecting your privacy.

Today we will be setting up your User Profiles, working out what you are going to blog about and hopefully (if technology is kind to us) we will get started on customizing the look of your blog.

Here are some useful sites that you will need to attach to your blogs as you will need them in the next few weeks. 

Students as bloggers – getting started with your blog http://www.xpress360.net.au/students/

Edublogs help and support – user guide if you want to get ahead and add extra things to your blog  http://help.edublogs.org/user-guide/

Student Blogging Challenge – Are you up for it?

Next week a world wide student blogging challenge is going to be starting.  If you would like to participate you can connect with other students all over the world and learn a tremendous amount as well (and you can get cool badges to put onto your blog too!)  To find out more go to this link,  http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/

YOUR TASK!

TO DO BEFORE THE END OF THE LESSON. 

Leave a comment on this post telling us what you are going to be blogging about. 

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