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This wiki is to provide support notes for the ICT in English Blog Pages will be updated as we explore blogging as a team.

Join the Blog

If you wish to contribute to the ICT in English Blog please email Fiona with your school or organisation's email.
You will receive an invite to join from the blog.
This first step should take you about 10- 15 min
You will receive an email with an embedded link. Click this link and you will be asked to either log in with your google account, if you already have one, or create an account. Once you are a member you will be directed to your blogger dashboard.
The blogs you belong to will be listed.

I have posted these instructions online for my cluster team blog which you may also find useful to follow as I have included screen shots.

Members will be able to post and we can also try out some of the blog tools available, respond to individual questions and explore the possibilities for learning. I am sure there are a number of bloggers already out there so I thought we could also set up a blog roll and learn how to set up feeds which are a quick way to check out your favourite blogs without having to visit each one individually....some ideas to get us started.

If any one has any other suggestions it would be great if you could post these on the list serve or the blog if you decide to become a member.

Team Blogs

A team blog, such as the one we have just set up, is useful for a group of people who wish to contribute to a single blog. One person initially creates the blog, then "invites" others to join it. Team members can either be Administrators or not. Administrators can edit all posts (not just their own), add and remove team members (and grant admin access), and modify blog properties. Non-admins can only post to the blog.
If you were to use this option with your students they would need to work through the same process you have when you joined the ICT in English Blog, to register for blogger, then be sent an invitation to join by the administrator (teacher who set the blog up).

Questions about Team blogging are answered here.

Add video to a blog


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Comments

How to I enable Comments on my Blog?

As a blog author you can decide who is able to comment on your blog. You need to log in to your blogger dashboard and check your comment settings
Go to Settings – Comments and select anyone from the Who Can Comment drop down menu. Also ensure that your comment moderation is turned on so that you are sent an email first. Comment moderation is essential as you can preview comments before they are posted.
More instructions are here

Moderating Posts and Comments

This is important especially if you have a public blog. You have the option to moderate comments before they are posted.
Click here to read instructions on how to moderate comments.

As far as I am aware the administrator of a team blog cannot moderate posts from blog authors however as the administrator they can delete posts and remove authors.

Display Comments in sidebar

http://hackosphere.blogspot.com/
1. You can specify how many comments you want to display in your blog (defaults to 10)
2. You can specify the maximum number of letters that should be displayed in each comment (defaults to 100).

Here is how you add this widget to your blog.

Step 1: Goto Template->Edit HTML tab. Find the
</head>
tag in your template and add this line before it (if you have not already added it for some other hack).
<script src="http://rarunach.googlepages.com/hackosphere.js"
type="text/javascript" />
 

I have added a significant function to this hackosphere.js which does all the work. After adding this line, save the template.

Step 2: Goto Template->Page elements tab and click on "Add a page element" in your sidebar. Choose HTML/Javascript element. Give an appropriate title and copy/paste this code.

<br/><script language="javascript">
var numcomments = **10**;
var numchars = **100**;
</script>
<script src="http:////**yourblog**//.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default?
alt=json-in-script&callback=commentDisplay"></script>
 

You need to change the blog URL to yours. You could also change the number of comments/letters per comment to whatever fits your blog. Then, save the changes and move the widget to wherever you want. There, you have a customized recent comments widget!!

RSS Feeds and Aggregators

How to add an RSS feed using FeedBurner