- Blogging at Dickinson
- Platform Wordpress
- Wordpress started out as a blogging software and has now evolved into a web publishing tool. You can put pretty much any content on that you find on the internet in Wordpress.
- A few advantages of blogs
- They are searchable; people can find it and reuse it.
- Potential audience can become a motivator.
- Blogs extend beyond the classroom.
- Blogs serve as an archive allowing for better organization, searching and sharing.
- Facilitate reflection and analysis
- Having to research, organize and write online can help students sift through the information overload that is the internet to find relevant & reliable information
- We have a variety of different kinds of blogs on the Dickinson Blogs network
- Course Blogs
- Each student has their own category or tag on the blog with a listing of their own posts
- Each student responds to the prompt with a comment
- A place to share audio and video podcasts
Login to Dickinson Blogs
- Basic reading and writing options
- Screen options
- Administrator - controls everything in the blog
- Editor - Add / edit / delete any posts & media
- Author - Add / edit / delete own post & media
- Contributor - Add comments without verification
- Create a post
- Library: Toggle through the different formats
- Unlike posts, pages aren't displayed in list format and some themes will incorporate them into the menu structure
- Fill out About page
- Approving / Spam / Delete
- Audio player, Video embed
- Changing the blog name & description
- Change the look and feel of your site
- Make site content more accessible by adding it to the sidebar
- Recent Posts
- Tag Cloud
- RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’. Many people describe it as a ‘news feed’ that you subscribe to.
- It’s like subscribing to a magazine that is delivered to you periodically but instead of it coming in your physical mail box each month when the magazine is published it is delivered to your ‘RSS Reader’ every time your favorite website updates.
- Both of these feed readers work a little like email. As you subscribe to feeds you’ll see that unread entries from the sites you’re tracking will be marked as bold. As you click on them you’ll see the latest update and can read it right there in the feed reader. You are given the option to click through to the actual site or move onto the next unread item – marking the last one as ‘read’.