The first Techie Brekkie for the year was held last Thursday morning (12th Feb) and was focused around Global2 Blogging. We broke into two groups in order to make the most of the allocated time and cover aspects suited to various ability levels from never blogged before to the more experienced blogger.
Group 1 looked at the blog composer. Using the toolbar to add a new post, formatting the text on a post and inserting media (primarily photographs or student work).
Group 2 explored how to add team members to the level blogs. We also explored how to best insert multiple images to a post using the Gallery function. Finally group 2 looked at various widgets that can be used in the blog sidebar. One of the most useful is the “subscribe via email” tool. This tool allows followers (parents and friends) to add their email address so that they automatically receive updates to the blog.
We look forward to a successful year of Techie Brekkies with lots of tech tips and tools being shared not just by the ICT team, but by all.
What another fabulous turn out for Techie Brekkie No.2 2014. Some great questions were brought along. We were able to break up into small learning groups to work out some of the questions. Here are some of the things that were covered.
Edublogs iPad App: Some people were reporting that the Edublogs Apps was being rather erratic in publishing posts. After some fiddling around it was discovered that it was better to post straight away rather than push the preview button. For some reason viewing the post on the iPad using the preview button on the Edublogs app would stop the post being published and stay as a draft.
Did you know that if you click the settings cog. That it will take you to the properties screen where you can Categorise and Tag your post. You can also set an image to be featured. Check it out.
Publishing Video and Audio files on the blog: Video files can be huge and with every blog you only get a limited amount of storage. So the best thing to do is to upload your video somewhere else and embed the video into your blog. Check the how to video below to see how to do it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY0yKi3SOOw
Audio files are slightly different: The easiest way is to just upload your audio file (usually a .mp3 or .WAV file) and use the embed play that Global2 provides.
Another group worked on how to set up a Global 2 blog. Here is a presentation on how to do it. Click Here
The level blogs at Bell PS are looking amazing and if you take a look at the stats they are also getting plenty of people looking at them. To sustain the momentum and to ensure that we are all contributing to this wonderful insight into our curriculum and classrooms, this weeks Techie Brekkie is going to be centred around blogging at Bell PS. We will look at the Global 2 blogging platform and answer any questions that you might have. Bring your laptop and mobile device and we will go through some beginners tips and trips as well as some pro tips for those who are advanced bloggers. If you have something that you would like to share re blogging please bring that as well.
A lot was covered in Techie Brekkie No.6. See below.
How to embed a youtube video into your class blog.
How to embed a video from your Google Drive folder into your Global2 blog.
We also looked at using Pickmonkey and Pixlr web apps to manipulate images. You can now add apps from a select list to your Google drive apps. Having these apps connected to your Google drive means that once you have logged in to your Google Drive you can use them straight away and most of the artefacts are automatically saved into your Drive folder.
Step 1: Click Create Then Connect More Apps
Click Create Then Connect More Apps
Step 2 Choose Pixlr and or Pickmonkey
Find and choose your app
Find and choose your app
Have fun! All images will be saved into your drive or you can export them out to other places to share. Be sure to check out the Halloween features in Pickmonkey.
The first Bell PS Techie Breakie:
Looked at blogging with global2 and how to set one up and create posts and change themes. Here is a link to a presentation on the basics of setting up a student global 2 blog.
Here is a link to a comprehensive presentation by John Pearce on the in’s and outs of setting up a Global 2 blog.