Automatic Posting from Blogger to a Facebook Page
This document is a supplement to the Introduction to Class Blogs With Blogger tutorial.
If you would prefer, you can also open the Google Docs View Only Version.
A little note from Scott…
(author of this tutorial and friendly neighbourhood Digital Literacy Resource Teacher)
Let me be clear, I am not advocating “friending” the students in your class or their parents and guardians. The section below describes a process to set up a Facebook page that you don’t need to go back to. Students and parents cannot post to the page and you never have to go back to it.
So why bother? The fact is that 93% of Canadians who use social media are on Facebook (Macleans on Campus, April 2013) and 14 million of us check our Facebook accounts every day (Macleans.ca, August 2013). If you want to connect with today’s parents, you need to realize that they are much like their children (and probably, just like you!). You have to reach them where they are. Rather than trying to get them to come to your blog page, you need to put your blog content in front of them, and for most Canadian adults, they’re already on Facebook. By giving them a page to “like” and “follow”, your classroom blog content shows up in their stream.
If you are going to create a Facebook page to share your blog content, it is important that you follow all of the steps below, in particular the ones related to preventing other people from posting on your page.
You should also ensure you have the support of your school administrator before posting to a class Facebook page. Feel free to use this resource to help explain the precautions you’ve taken to protect your own privacy, and that of students.
Your Class Blog Name
Edit your Long Description to provide more information about the limitations of your class Facebook page. See below for suggested text (modify as appropriate).
Suggested Long Description Text:
Note to Students/Parents/Guardians and Other Readers
“Liking” this page will allow you to subscribe to updates from our class blog and receive them in your Facebook stream.
You can also create a post with this information that stays at the top of your Facebook page.
Use the drop down list at the top of your post to Pin to Top.
Now, as new posts are added, you can be sure that this information will stay at the top of your page.
If This, Then That is a powerful tool that can automate many online tasks. You can connect various online tools to create rules that make things happen. In this case:
If there is a new post added to my class blog, add an update to my class Facebook page.
EasySites.org. "How to Disable Facebook Comments (on a Page)." EasySites. N.p., 16 June 2013. Web. 21 Feb. 2014. <http://www.easysites.org/how-to-disable-facebook-comments-on-a-page/>.
Facebook doesn’t give you an option to disable all Facebook comments with the click of a button. However, EasySites.org knows how frustrating it can be to run a Facebook page when people are constantly posting nasty things as comments. Obviously, to disable posts on your normal timeline by others, you must go into your Page’s settings under “Manage Permissions” and uncheck the boxes labeled “Everyone can post to YOUR PAGE TITLE’s timeline”, “Everyone can add photos and videos to YOUR PAGE TITLE’s timeline”, then select “Hidden from Page” under “Default visibility of posts by others on YOUR PAGE TITLE’s timeline:“.
Now, there is no option to disable comments on posts made by your page. Thanks Facebook. However, you can work around this using something EasySites.org has come up with. Find the box labeled “Moderation Blocklist:“. This blocklist is a list of words you have banned from appearing on your page. If someone has a post that includes one of these words, the post will be hidden from your page and you will be the only one who can view the comment. EasySites.org has come up with a giant master list of 1,000 of the most commonly used words (Source: The Reading Teacher’s Book of Lists, Fourth Edition, © 2000 by Prentice Hall Authors: Fry, Kress & Fountoukidis) edited the formatting, and made it available for you here. Just copy and past the list below into the “Moderation Blocklist” section and people should have quite a hard time commenting on your posts. Obviously, they can still find a word or two not on your blocklist, however, all you need to do is add that word to your list if you find that someone managed to comment on your post.
Master List of 1,000 Most Commonly Used Words:
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