Adding Images to Your Posts

  1. All images must be creative commons license.
  2. Provide a link from the photo to the original website.
  3. When someone clicks on the image, it should go to the original source. This will be the citation for the image.

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Plagiarism

View Plagiarism on Common Craft

When a citation is not needed

Common sense and ethics should determine your need for documenting sources. You do not need to give sources for familiar proverbs, well-known quotations or common knowledge. Remember, this is a rhetorical choice, based on audience. If you’re writing for an expert audience of a scholarly journal, for example, they’ll have different expectations of what constitutes common knowledge.

Quote from OWL Purdue University

Research: Cite Your Sources of Information

Read - Purdue OWL –  In-Text Citations: the Basics   

With more and more scholarly work being posted on the Internet, you may have to cite research you have completed in virtual environments. While many sources on the Internet should not be used for scholarly work (reference the OWL’s Evaluating Sources of Informationresource), some Web sources are perfectly acceptable for research. When creating in-text citations for electronic, film, or Internet sources, remember that your citation must reference the source in your Works Cited.

Sometimes writers are confused with how to craft parenthetical citations for electronic sources because of the absence of page numbers, but often, these sorts of entries do not require any sort of parenthetical citation at all. For electronic and Internet sources, follow the following guidelines:

  • Include in the text the first item that appears in the Work Cited entry that corresponds to the citation (e.g. author name, article name, website name, film name).

  • You do not need to give paragraph numbers or page numbers based on your Web browser’s print preview function.

  • Unless you must list the Web site name in the signal phrase in order to get the reader to the appropriate entry, do not include URLs in-text. Only provide partial URLs such as when the name of the site includes, for example, a domain name, like CNN.com orForbes.com as opposed to writing out http://www.cnn.com or http://www.forbes.com.

Quotes from Purdue OWL

Three Things You Should Know About Blogging


by Steve Wheeler on youtube

Do You Want More Readers?

Students, you are writing and getting readers, but how do you increase the number of readers and bring visitors back on a regular basis to read your blog?

Please read Get to Work! You’ll find that one of the ways to increase the number of readers on your blog is to read other blogs and to comment on them. A monologue doesn’t interest people as much as a conversation does.

Go to the Edublogs Community page. Find a student or class blog that seems interesting. Try to comment on the page. Remember to be a good digital citizen. Remember that with each comment, you represent Incarnation Catholic School. Remember that the comment may be moderated and may not show up on the blog until a teacher approves the comment.

Tips for Writing Good Blog Posts

Students, it is time to think about how to improve your blog writing. Please read Kick Start Activity 2.

  1. Use attention grabbing titles
  2. Use short paragraphs
  3. Use Headings
  4. Remember to link
  5. Enhancing posts with images and other types of media
  6. What to blog about

Communicating with Edublogs via Twitter

Last Friday, one of my grade 7 students came in during recess to work on his blog. He was shocked to find he had no posts. I knew he had had posts just a half hour earlier, so was surprised myself. Then I checked my blog and I had no posts. What??? I am learning to manage student blogs, so my first concern was that I had accidentally deleted the posts. Since, I’ve been blogging for years, that didn’t seem likely. I realized that as unlikely as it sounded, that there might be something wrong at Edublogs, but what was the most efficient way to find out?

I turned to a Twitter as my communication tool. I sent the following message at 12:36 PM “@edublogs Where are my blog posts & student posts? http://bit.ly/gOvEIu  Help!!! ”

At 12:40, I received this reply, “@rhondacarrier Sorry for inconvenience. We had temporary server hiccup that is resolving now.”

What a relief. I went back to teaching and by the end of the next class, 45 minutes later, the blog posts were back in place.

Thank-you to Edublogs for the prompt reply and thanks to Twitter for being my communication tool.

Clustr Maps

ClustrMaps help to track the number of visitors to each blog and show the location of the visitors. To add a clustrmap to your student blog, visit the clustr maps website, enter the URL of your blog, copy the embed code and place it in a text widget in a sidebar of your blog. This requires the use of an email account to receive the password

This version in the link below uses built in plugins in the Edublog dashboard but requires an Edublog Pro or Edublog campus account.

Note: I added the clustrmaps to each of the blogs in the class. That way I control the password and the clustrmpas account but the students can see how many visitors they have on their blogs.

Using Tags and Categories in Your Blog

The purpose of a blog is to communicate ideas to a wider audience than your teacher or classmates. Tags and categories can help to create and to build the audience.

Tags and categories on posts are used to help readers locate information in different ways.

Categories are like chapters of a book; they provide a general overview of the topics you blog about. Whereas tags are more like the index at the back of the book and explode the topic into a million bits.

You are required to include tags for each post and you will be required to develop and include categories for each post by post #3

For additional information read Adding Tags and Categories to a Post. Follow the directions to add a Tag Cloud widget in your sidebar.

Managing Your Student Blog

  1. Log in to your Edublogs student blog.
  2. Go to your dashboard.

Adding the Class Blogs to Your Student Blog

  1. Click on Appearance in the left column. Then select Widgets.
  2. Drag the Class Blogs widget to the sidebar. At the bottom of the Class Blogs in the sidebar, click on Save.
  3. View the blog to see the links to the other students blogs in the ICS Technology class.

Profile and Name

  1. In the left column, click on Users, and then Profile.
  2. Change your nickname to your first name and initial.
  3. Change Display Name Publicly to your nickname.

Voki

  1. Go to the Voki website.
  2. Create a Voki. Enter appropriate text. Select a voice and accent.
  3. When you are satisfied with your Voki, click on publish.
  4. Give it a title and save it. Use your first name+last initial to save it.
  5. In the next window select the small size (100 x 133). Then copy the embed code.
  6. Log in to your student blog. Go to your dashboard.
  7. In the left column, click on Appearance, then click on Widgets.
  8. Drag the Text Widget to the sidebar.
  9. Paste the embed code in the text box. Then Save.
  10. View the site.

Avatar

  1. Bitstrips – good avatar creator but you need to be over 13 years of age or have parent permission
  2. Or try Poptropica to create the avatar.
  3. Build Your Wild Self is another fun avatar site (I used this to create the sample student avatar on Ancient to Modern Music ) The avatar can only be 200 x 200 pixels in size, so it was necessary to crop the image down to just a portion of the face.
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