Write A Post
The ‘Write a post’ link gets you started on your first post. Take a deep breath because it can be visually overwhelming. We are going to make a simple post for our students to read and respond to.

1. First, give the post a title. This not only gives a framework for the post, but is also a nice reference.

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2. Click in the ‘Post’ box and start typing meaningful and thoughtful text that will provoke students to respond in a similar deep manner. You have 30 seconds. Go! One has as much room as needed. If you type to the bottom of the box, a scroll bar will appear and you will have more room to type. It is suggested that for your longer posts, type first in a word processor, copy and paste it into this box.

3. You last choices: ‘Save and Continue’ will save your post as a draft and let you keep typing; ‘Save’ will save the post as a draft and exit the new post window; ‘Publish’ assumes you have finished and want the post shown on the blog. Drafts are not visible until they are published.

Edit Posts
From the dashboard, select the ‘Manage’ tab and then the ‘Posts’ tab when it appears. This window will show you the last 15 posts on your blog. To edit one, click the ‘edit’ link to the right of the post you wish to edit. This takes you to the ‘Write Post’ window that you used to create the post initially.

Categories
One can live without categories, but if your blog grows through frequent use, then categories can be a life-improver. Possible uses:

  • label post by curriculum area if used in self-contained room
  • label post by period or class
  • label post as ‘test’ for review information that could be covered on a test
  • label as genre of literature, style of written response requested, etc

Whether you do this when you are creating a new post or by editing previously created posts, adding a category is the same. First, get to the ‘Write Post’ window as discussed above.

Scroll to the bottom of the window to see the Categories section. Click ‘Add New Category’ to create a new category of your choosing.  Select the checkbox next to a category that you’ve already made. You can use multiple categories with one post. All posts will be uncategorized until you create your own.

Alternatively, one can manage categories from the dashboard. Click ‘Manage’ and then ‘Categories’ and you’ll be able to create, edit, or delete categories for your blog.

Once categorized, a user can click that category on the front page to show matching results.  For example, a student wants to view posts that were marked as test review material. By clicking the ‘Tests’ category, that student can remove all non-matching posts from sight.