We’re thrilled to share the news about a brand new plugin now available to all Edublogs users – Symbaloo!
Symbaloo is a free social bookmarking tool. A fun and simple way to organize and store all your digital resources in the cloud.
Symbaloo helps teachers curate content and share the best of the web with their students. Teachers are able to work smarter and share more great resources and learning tools with their students in much less time.
The Symbaloo Plugin
The Symbaloo plugin makes it easy to add ALL your favorite web resources in your posts and pages.
To learn more about the Symbaloo plugin, check out this support post.
Symbaloo Certification and Training
Symbaloo offers professional development, training and certification here.
Make sure to use the following code to get access to their courses for free: Edublogs14.
When Edublogs began nearly a decade ago, the idea was to bring blogging to every classroom.
Then, a few years later, our Edublogs Campus product was created to provide white label blog networks to schools and universities the world over.
Today, we’re extremely excited to share with the world the next evolution of Edublogs – say hello to CampusPress.
For way more than just blogging.
Today, every teacher needs a website, students need ePortfolios, and schools and universities need reliable and friendly web tools to make managing so many web presences painless.
CampusPress builds on our existing services, using the WordPress platform, to make web publishing accessible to all.
Existing Edublogs Campus networks will be moved under the new CampusPress name – allowing us to provide better support and services going forward.
All of our CampusPress networks come with the following:
- a dedicated WordPress Multisite network at a branded domain, like sites.myschool.edu
- unlimited sites, users, traffic, and storage
- 200+ of beautiful themes
- 100+ powerful plugins
- expert hosting, backups, cacheing
- 24/7 support
How’s CampusPress different than Edublogs?
As the name suggests, Edublogs has always been focused on blogging.
But, we’ve noticed our users leveraging our service for so much more.
The changes and improvements we’re adding with CampusPress will make it easier to create and manage sites like these. This includes huge investment in infrastructure to improve speeds and reliability, new tools for development environments, streamlined on-boarding, better change and custom development management, and we’ll continue to add new plugins and themes that cater to all types of sites.
No Obligation Free Trials
Be sure to visit the brand new CampusPress.com site to learn more and see additional examples.
We’ll happily set you up with a fully functional free trial too – just contact us here to let us know you’d like to get that up and running.
NOTE: We are no longer accepting applications for this position. Please do keep checking incsub.com/careers for future opportunities.
You’d also pitch in with sales, general Edublogs support, and many other fun projects we have going on.
What we’re looking for:
- Work from anywhere (we’re a distributed team, letting us be flexible in finding the right person no matter where you may live)
- Must be proficient in using WordPress or Edublogs – you should already know your way around the dashboard, but we’ll help train up the right person too
- Someone with a background in teaching, working in a school’s technology department, or other education experience
- A self-motivated problem solver, that can jump in and take the lead on projects when needed
If this sounds like you (or someone you know), learn more and apply here.
Hope to hear from you soon!
Today’s news is kinda big.
We’ve made available a new plugin, called Jetpack, which when activated brings a ton of new tools and features to your blog.
What Can Jetpack Do?
Post by Email
You can create a unique and private email address that can be used to publish a new post on your blog just by sending an email. Read more here.
Auto-post to Facebook, Twiiter, Google+ and More
Connect your blog to your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Path, or Tumblr account to automatically share a link to each new post every time you publish. Read more here.
Much like the AddThis plugin already available, Jetpack gives you another means of adding social sharing icons to the bottom of each of your posts. Read more here.
Better Image Galleries
Visit our news post from yesterday about the new themes. Click on the image gallery at the top of the post (of all of the themes) and you can see how the images open up in a new full screen slideshow experience. There’s also ways of displaying images in fun new layouts.
Learn more here:
Hide or show widgets on different pages, giving you total control and flexibility to really customize your sidebars. Read more here.
Spelling and Grammar
The additional spelling and grammar tools can be set so that you must run a check before publishing each new post – a great way to cut down on typos and errors!
There are more modules too that you might find useful. Just activate the Jetpack plugin and take a look around.
Jetpack is developed by the team behind WordPress.com and in order to use the plugin, you must create or have a WordPress.com account.
Jetpack on Edublogs is available to Pro blogs and student blogs that Pro teachers have added as part of My Class.
The plugin is also available on our Edublogs Campus networks, though a Super Administrator must enable the plugin first.
How To Use Jetpack
Go to Plugins > Social in your blog’s dashboard and find the Jetpack by WordPress.com plugin. Click Activate.
Then, go to the new Jetpack menu item near the top of your menu and connect your blog to a WordPress.com account.
You can find more detailed instructions on setting it up here.
And as always, please contact us with any questions you may have.
Today we’re excited to be rolling out more new themes than we’ve ever done at any one time before – 36 new themes in all!
There’s also new themes in the list that make great magazine and newspaper sites, and several with featured image sliders as well!
Here they are listed, to help you find them:
- Aldehyde (image slider included!)
- Attorney (image slider included!)
- Coller (image slider included!)
- Codium Grid
- Ever After
- Forever (image slider included!)
- Fruit Shake
- Mesocolumn (magazine style)
- Pink Touch 2
- PR News (magazine style)
- Preus (image slider included!)
- Sixteen (image slider included!)
- Spun (fun photo blog theme)
- The Newswire (magazine style)
- Tiny Forge
- Unique (image slider included!)
- Vintage Camera
We think there is something for everyone in these new themes and hope you enjoy them.
Happy New Year!
We’re excited to share some of the most significant improvements to Edublogs and Edublogs Campus in years!
A New Modern Look And Feel
You’ll immediately notice in your dashboard a brand new coat of paint.
Don’t worry, everything is exactly where it was before, but the new design is more modern and more importantly…
Mobile Friendly Dashboard
While our apps for iOS and Android work great, sometimes you might want to quickly write a post or check your blog’s dashboard from your web browser.
And now you can!
You can upload images or take pictures with your device’s camera right in the dashboard too.
Plus, if you are using our apps, you have an option to open the full dashboard experience, which is now much better as well.
Now students have no excuse not to get their posts submitted no matter where they are! ;)
Hover over your name in the top right corner and choose ‘Edit My Profile’ and you’ll see options for different color schemes as well.
A nice touch, we think.
The New Plugin Experience
Visit the ‘Plugins’ menu item and you’ll also notice a dramatic new way of searching for and discovering plugins.
A little preview, now that the Plugin experience is much improved, we hope to concentrate on adding many new ones over the coming months, so stay tuned!
We’ve just released the new Edublogs for Android app – available now for free in the Google Play Store!
You can blog, upload photos, moderate comments, and more right from your phone or tablet.
Here are a few screenshots to whet your appetites:
For help using the app or more info about blogging from phones and tablets, check out the guide here.
And don’t forget our Edublogs for iOS app too :)
Happy mobile blogging!
Check out what just happened on the upper left corner of our site.
Teachers and students around the world have now created more than TWO MILLION blogs on Edublogs.org.
You add the nearly 1 million more on our Edublogs Campus networks, and you’ll find Edublogs being used in classrooms in just about every single country, age group, and subject matter there is.
We’re stoked! And humbled!
A massive thank you to all of our users that have helped to grow the Edublogs community.
Our goal is to keep growing with 10′s of millions more blogs – we certainly couldn’t do that without all of you.
Sending an automatic email to your blog’s visitors with each new post is a powerful way to reach them.
And today, we are rolling out new and improved email subscription to help you grow and maintain your followers.
All of this is live now for our Pro blogs on Edublogs.org and will soon be available on our Edublogs Campus networks too!
- Choose from immediate, daily, or weekly emails
- Import subscribers with a CSV file
- See a list of your subscribers to know who’s getting the emails
- A nifty Follow button like the one above
- Export a list of all subscribers
1. Head over to the Subscriptions > Settings in your blog’s dashboard.
2. Check the different options to personalize the emails that are sent out. You really won’t have to make any changes, but if you’d like the “Follow” button to show, enable it here.
3. Go to Appearance > Widgets and add the Email Subscription widget to a sidebar. This will give your visitors an easy way to subscribe themselves.
4. That’s it! You can manage and see a list of your subscribers at Subscriptions > Subscribers.
Tips and Ideas
For class blogs, add all students and parents as email subscribers with one one click using the new import tool (Subscriptions > Add Subscribers) to ensure they are all getting updates.
If you post a ton, change over to daily or weekly digests so that your followers don’t get bombarded with loads of emails.
We’re hopeful that these improved tools will only increase the communication abilities that blogs provide.
If you need any help getting started, contact our support team and we’ll get you fixed up!
And for many of you, that means new beginnings with a whole new school year.
We have two new videos we want to share that hopefully can help kick things off!
1. What is a blog?
We made this video for you to use with students, parents, or fellow educators to quickly explain all about blogs.
Feel free to share, use in presentations, and post on your own blogs or sites too!
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2. What is Edublogs?
The second video is brief overview of Edublogs!
This video is the best way to share with a fellow educator or school administrator what Edublogs is all about.
[mediacore height="315px" public_url="http://edublogs.mediacore.tv/media/why-edublogs" thumb_url="http://cdnassets.mediacore.tv/sites/8118/images/media/529917m-NNOSLy5o.jpg" title="Why Edublogs" width="560px"]
More to come!
We have more videos, activities, and exciting feature announcements planned soon.
Make sure you don’t miss anything in the new school year rush:
And let us know if our team can do anything to help!
Yesterday we announced new integration with Google Apps and popular Learning Management Systems.
Today, we’re thrilled to share new hosting options for our Edublogs Campus schools in Canada and Europe!
Thanks to incredible growth and high demand, we now have the ability to bring the same safe, fast, and reliable Edublogs service to shiny new servers located in Portsmouth, UK and Toronto, Canada.
We’re most excited about the fact that this will allow us to better meet local policy needs of all data being housed closer to home.
Existing Edublogs Campus schools that would like to be moved over should contact us at email@example.com and let us know.
All new schools in Canada and the EU will be automatically added to the new data centers.
So contact us now and we’ll get you setup with a free 30 day trial!
With Edublogs Campus, we make it super easy for every student, staff, and faculty member to have their own WordPress blog or website.
And as of today, we’re excited to share, we can now integrate with many popular student management and learning tools, including Google Apps for Education and Learning Management Systems like Desire2Learn, Canvas, Moodle, and Blackboard.
Google Apps for Education
If your school is already using Google Apps for Education, we can enable single sign on to manage user accounts, passwords, and blog creation.
This will mean that students and staff will have one less password to remember and it is even easier to allow users to create accounts and blogs without the need for request forms, CSV uploads, or other time consuming processes.
LTI and Learning Management Systems
For your LMS and other learning tools, we can now harness LTI to handle user account and blog creations.
Future plans include more detailed integration with many popular tools like links to class blogs within a course, auto-provisioning blogs for students in a course, and more.
We’ll work closely with our Edublogs Campus clients to determine these future plans, needs, and timelines!
If you already have a Campus network, or if you’d like to learn more about getting setup, get it touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For new networks, we can usually have you up and running in as little as a day. We can even migrate existing WordPress networks over to Edublogs as well.
Don’t forget, we’re happy to setup free trials for Campus, so giving us a try is risk free, fast, and easy!
Available today, you’ll find an exciting new plugin for adding videos and audio to your blog – MediaCore!
MediaCore is a cloud-based video education platform that makes it safe and easy to use video in teaching and learning.
With the new plugin, you can easily upload videos directly from your blog’s dashboard and embed videos that are already in your MediaCore account.
Best of all, there’s a free MediaCore educator account for you to get started!
A big thanks!
We love when we’re able to provide new features and tools for users based directly off of feedback and suggestions we receive!
Using the plugin
Using the plugin is a breeze.
Activate the plugin and enter your MediaCore site’s information.
Then you’ll find a new icon in your post editor that takes care of all the rest.
For detailed instructions, check out our help and support guide here.
Happy video blogging!
We’re thrilled to share the news about a brand new plugin now available to all Edublogs users – ClassBadges!
ClassBadges.com is an exciting new site that provides an easy and fun way to award badges to students.
From classroom and school awards, to badges for the mastery of learning material, ClassBadges has it all.
And now, you can award badges for blogging – such as for quality posts and number of comments – with many more to come!
The ClassBadges Plugin
The new plugin makes it easy to display earned badges in the sidebar of a blog.
To learn more about the plugin, check out this support post.
More To Come
Let us know in the comments below what blogging badges you’d like to be able to award or earn.
We’ll take your ideas and do our best to turn them into badges on the classbadges.com/edublogs page!
We’ve been hearing from you that lots of educators need to move their blogs since Posterous announced they are shutting down their service on April 30. 2013
And, we’re happy to share, we’ve been working hard organizing a Posterous importer as quite a few of our Edublogs users have Posterous accounts.
When you migrate your Posterous account into Edublogs it will import:
- All image files
- All video files
- All audio files
- All posts
- All comments
- All media that has been embedded using embed code
You can easily import your posts into any Edublogs Campus and Edublogs Pro or upgraded blog.
Just go to Tools > Import and use one of the two import options:
- Posterous – Use if you haven’t uploaded video and audio files to your Posterous account.
- Posterous XML – use if you have uploaded video and audio files to your Posterous account.
There are numerous options for migrating Posterous to different blogging platforms but most are having the same challenge.
Here is what you need to know:
1. Complete Media Transfer
Most platforms are able to import Posterous posts with images but aren’t able to migrate a complete media transfer if you have audio and video files uploaded to your Posterous account.
This means if you currently import a Posterous account into another blogging platform, and have uploaded any audio or video files, the posts are imported but the audio or video files remain on the Posterous service.
These audio and video files need to be imported into your new blog otherwise when Posterous shuts down these media files will be lost.
Edublogs is one of the few platforms that can migrate a complete media transfer so all your audio and video files are imported into your Edublogs blog when you import from Posterous.
2. Embed Code
The other aspect you need to consider is that Posterous allowed you to embed a wide range of media such as Prezzi, AudioBoo, Google Forms, Glogster using embed code.
Not all platforms allow you to use embed code as Edublogs does. If you import your Posterous account into a platform that doesn’t allow embed code you’ll lose all your embeds. You don’t lose any embeds when you import into an Edublogs blog.
Some platforms also can’t import your comments, so be sure to check this first.
We look forward to helping users move their existing work over and are happy to answer your questions!
If you’ve been thinking that your blog is due for a bit of a makeover, then you’ll love the ten new themes we are rolling out today!
Even better, all of these themes come with these fun features:
- designed to look great on tablets, phones, and desktops!
- change backgrounds and colors with ease
- add custom header images
- clean and easy to read
You can easily find all of these themes by going to Appearance > Themes in your dashboard.
They are all listed in the brand new “Featured Themes” section right at the top of the page!
Take a look through the new themes below and then give your blog an overdue new look!
Brand New Day
New School Theme
Designed specifically for our Edublogs Campus networks, this theme is a bit different than the others – Campus Default 2013.
We decided to make it available to everyone as it may be a perfect fit for schools, clubs, and others too.
Take a look!
- special ‘static homepage’ design
- easily brand with colors and logos
- add a custom menu and a login box will appear
- widgets for featured blogs, latest posts, and more
Try out one or more of the new themes and let us know what you think!
We have a couple of exciting updates to share as we wrap up 2012!
And, you should know, we have big plans to make 2013 the biggest edublogging year yet.
Before we get to the new toys to play with, check out this excellent video from Mr. Avery’s Classroom Blog as his students share their “12 Days of Blogging”.
Here is their list :
- friends around the world
- mystery skypes
- 3 Eddie Nominations
- 4KM and 4KJ
- math movies
- projects funded (from DonorsChoose.org)
- students blogging
- collaborative projects
- students commenting
- google maps
- new posts
- clustrmap hits
A huge thanks to Mr. Avery’s class for such excellent examples of student blogging and allowing us to share your work here!
Let It Snow Plugin
The popular ‘Let It Snow Plugin’ is now back and better than ever. On all blogs, just go to the Plugins menu, click Activate and watch the snow fall on your blog!
One of the most useful features available is the ability to let parents, students, and visitors signup to get email notifications of all new posts on a blog.
All you have to do is go to Appearance > Widgets and add the Email Subscription widget to a sidebar to set it up.
And as of today, you can now see a list of all those that have subscribed, export a list of subscribers, and delete subscribers when needed.
This is just the beginning of better user and subscriber management tools we have in the works. :)
From all of us here at Edublogs, we wish you, your students, and families a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and an excellent New Year!
The good folks at DOGOnews have created a new plugin which is now available on all Edublogs!
Many of our users are using content from Dogo as blog post topics and other assignments. Hopefully these new widgets will help spark ideas and foster even more discussions.
How do I get the plugin?
It’s easy :)
- Login to your blog’s dashboard
- Click on ‘Plugins‘ on the left side of your dashboard
- Find the ‘DOGO Content Widget’ plugin and click ‘Activate‘
- Go to ‘Appearance‘ > ‘Widgets‘ and move the new DOGO widgets over to your sidebar of choice
This is a true story.
Three years ago, an eleven-year-old blogger here on Edublogs wrote a post about his favorite lunch food – salami.
As part of his post, he used Google Images to find a quick photo of salami that he then uploaded to his blog.
Fast forward to now.
Our Edublogs support team just received a lengthy cease and desist letter from a large law firm that represents the photographer of the salami photo. The formal letter describes all sorts of legal problems for Edublogs and the author of the blog should we not immediately remove the photo in question.
We get these letters daily, but what stood out about this one is that the photo was several years old and not particularly interesting or unique. Most of the complaints we get come from the use of things like maps and curriculum documents.
This tasty looking photo looked a lot like this one:
*For the record, we have permission to share this photo from a stock image site that we pay for.
What does this mean for teachers and students?
It is important to know that even the most innocent of actions can lead to bigger problems down the road.
Using Google Images or copying a photo from most websites is much like plagiarism. Hopefully, by educating each other, we can avoid mistakes like this one and promote fair use of photos and other media on the web.
If you are looking to learn more about copyright, creative commons, and where to find images you can actually use, check out this recent Teacher Challenge post here.
At any rate, we thought this might be a funny example to share.
P.S. When researching for this post, I discovered that when you search for ‘Edublogs Salami’ on Google, you get over 42,000 results. What are our users writing about!? :)
It is officially July 31st, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia – where exactly 7 years ago today our fearless founder, James Farmer, flipped the switch and Edublogs was born!
We thought you might enjoy a screenshot from The Wayback Machine of what our first site looked like just a few weeks after launch:
And two years later, with 100,000 blogs in 2007, our main site looked like this:
The best part of all is that to us, we feel like we are just getting started.
With over 1.3 million blogs here on Edublogs.org, and over half-a-million more on our Edublogs Campus networks, we will breaking the 2 million blog barrier very soon!
From all of us here on the Edublogs team, we truly appreciate all of the support we’ve received over the years from all of our users.
And we look forward to bringing blogging into more and more classrooms in the years to come!