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.
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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!
We are thrilled to announce some big changes and improvements to Edublogs!
Our focus this summer is to raise the bar in what we offer so that we continue to be the best blogging, ePortolio, and class website service for teachers and students around the world.
To help us reach this goal, we start by bringing you…
Unlimited Student Blogs!
Previously, each Pro account could only enable extra features on up to 50 student blogs. But we know many teachers can have well over 100 students at any given time.
Student blogs will be able to access premium themes, use our new iOS mobile app, embed videos and other code, and the full range of privacy options.
In addition, students will be able to fully manage the look and feel of their blogs, but won’t be able to change the privacy and moderation settings you set for them.
The NEW ‘My Class’ Feature
This is the big one. Now that you can have unlimited students on Edublogs, you need a good way to manage them all!
You will find a new ‘My Class’ menu item near the top of your blog’s dashboard.
From here you can manage the privacy and moderation settings on all student blogs, get a list of pending comments and posts, and more.
As soon as a student blog is added to a class, it will automatically have the extra features enabled as discussed above.
This is just the first launch - so expect improvements and additions in the coming months!
Better Help & Support
You’ll find a brand new ‘Help & Support‘ menu item in your dashboard with quick links to our user guides and support posts.
There’s also an easier to find link for our Pro users to email questions directly to our support staff.
New Theme Customizer
Go to Appearance > Themes and check out the new ‘Customize‘ link.
From here you can quickly edit the look and feel of your blog’s title, background, and custom images and see how it looks live in real time. This addition is just plain fun to play with :)
And Tons More…
There are lots of other new features and changes you may notice. For example:
- An improved and simplified image and media uploader
- A fresh new look to the dashboard and top admin bar
- Flyout menus that keep the menu items nice and neat
- Better usability on tablets and mobile devices (no app needed!)
- An improved ‘Inactive Widgets‘ area to save widgets and so widgets don’t get lost when changing themes
- Embed tweets into any post by just pasting in the link
- Behind the scenes changes to improve speed
All of this is available now on Edublogs.org and will be coming soon to our Edublogs Campus networks.
Leave a comment below or contact us with any feedback or questions you may have.
Kicking off what is shaping up to be the biggest summer in Edublogs’ history, we’re proud to unveil our brand new official iOS app.
From the iPhone and iPad, Edublogs Pro, upgraded, and Campus bloggers can sign in, write posts, upload photos, manage comments, and more with ease!
We’ll whet your appetite with a few screenshots below.
And don’t worry Android users – we certainly haven’t forgot about you ;)
Happy mobile blogging!
We are happy to announce the release today of two new exciting features for our Pro and Edublogs Campus users!
Easy Image Widget
Have you ever wanted to add a badge, photo, or other image to the sidebar of your blog?
Before now, it took pasting in some HTML code to get it to work – but now this new widget makes it a breeze!
How to use:
- From your dashboard, go to the ‘Plugins‘ menu
- Activate the ‘Image Widget‘ plugin
- Go to Appearance > Widgets
- Drag the ‘Image Widget‘ to your chosen sidebar
- Upload the image or badge from your computer
- Press ‘Save‘
- The Image widget plugin is automatically activated on all blogs on Edublogs Campus and there is no need to activate it in Plugins.
- So if you are using an Edublogs Campus blog just go to Appearance > Widgets and you’ll see the Image Widget in your available widget area.
For you power users out there, you will love the new ‘Custom CSS‘ item under the ‘Appearance‘ menu item of your blog.
If you know a bit of CSS (which stands for Cascading Style Sheets), then you will be able to change different attributes of your theme, including colors, fonts, spacing, and more.
Our favorite resource for more information, code examples, and tips on CSS can be found here.
Stay tuned for more exciting announcements coming soon!
We’ve just released two new plugins for all Pro and Edublogs Campus blogs!
1. MCE Table Buttons - Activate this plugin and several new table management buttons will appear when you are working on a page or post.
Similar to the table tools in Microsoft Word or Google Docs, this new plugin makes it easy to create and edit large tables.
2. Supreme Google Webfonts – Adds two new often requested visual editor items!
One that lets you choose from dozens of fun and nice looking fonts and a second that lets you easily choose the font size.
See Them In Action!
How Do I Use These?
- Go to the Plugins menu item in your dashboard
- Scroll down until you find MCE Table Buttons and/or Supreme Google Webfonts
- Click Activate
- Go to Posts > Add New
One of the more common requests we get is to have an easy way to print or save posts.
Well now you can!
Visit the Plugins menu in your blog’s dashboard and you will see ‘Print Friendly and PDF’.
It is crazy easy to use – once activated go to Settings > Print Friendly and PDF to choose where you want the buttons to be and how you want them to look.
One of the best features of this plugin is that with just a few clicks, you can hide images or parts of text that you don’t need to print – saving paper in the process.
The downloadble PDF files look great as well.
You can see the plugin in action on any of our help and support documents so that you can quickly save or make a print out for handy reference.
We have always had many different privacy options available to our bloggers – blogs can be as public or as private as you’d like.
Until now, if you wanted your blog to be private so that only a certain group of people could see it, you had to create and add usernames for each individual to your blog.
In short, it was kind of a pain.
Now you can quickly set a single password for your entire blog which you can give out to anyone you want to allow access.
This might be great for a group of student blogs that can all share the same password, meaning every student won’t need to be added to every single blog.
Or, it could work well on blogs meant for private communication or collaboration in a group, club, or school.
How does it work?!
First, go to the Settings > Privacy page of your blog.
Choose the last option on the list.
Enter any password you want and click ‘Save Changes’.
Now when anyone visits your blog, they will see this notice:
It is important to note that users can also choose to login with their Edublogs username and if they are registered users on the blog, they will have access that way as well.
Check it out now and let us know what you think!
The new password protect option is available on all Pro and upgraded student blogs now, and it will be rolling out to our Edublogs Campus networks soon.