Blogger

Blogger allows you to easily create a free blog for your classroom.

Click here for a short video introduction to Blogger.

Click here for a short video on how blogs can be used in education.

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Rubric for Blogger Technology Badge
Setting Up the Blog
Create a New Blog Give the blog an appropriate name and an appropriate URL (ex. yourblogname.blogspot.com). The name should give first time viewers some idea of what your blog is about. Creativity is encouraged but not required. If possible, make your URL match your blog name or be a shortened version of your blog name.
Choose a Theme Select a professional theme. The theme should improve the overall look of your site without distracting from the content.
Color Scheme (if applicable) Themes come with a color scheme. Occasionally, there is a reason to change a color in the theme. New colors should match colors already used in the theme and color scheme. The color scheme should always improve the overall look of the site without distracting from the content.
Add a Blog Description Add a brief description of your blog and the types of things you will be posting about. If you are using the blog as a Person Learning Environment (PLE), consider including an explanation about what you hope to learn and what kinds of people you would like to connect with.
Blog Layout Select or modify a layout for your blog that meets your needs but does not look too cluttered. You may need to increase the width of the posting area so embedded content fits inside the posting area. Content in a post should not extend beyond the posting area.
Create a Page Create at least 1 additional page. This could be a contact page, an about me page, or a page with some other content.
Page Layout Use titles and appropriate heading formats (such as “heading” and “sub-heading,” or in the html view H2, H3 or H4), the “normal” format, and line spacing, to organize text on the page. At least 1 heading must be used somewhere on the page. Sub-headings should also be used when appropriate. Heading sizes for each level should be consistent throughout the site. Extra spacing between sections should be used when needed. Those who view the page should be able to understand the organization of a page instantly.
Add a Gadget Add at least 1 pertinent gadget to your blog. “Blog archive,” “popular posts,” and “labels” are usually good gadgets to include on a blog.
Creating a Post
Create a Post Make at least 1 post. The post should include a relevant title and content. Once you have finished writing the post and adding other content, the post should be published so it appears on your blog.
Add Images Insert at least 1 image from a URL and at least 1 uploaded image. Images should be an appropriate size and in an appropriate location on the page.
Insert a YouTube Video An appropriate YouTube video is embedded in a post. The size of the video fits well in the post.
Place a Link in a Post Include at least 1 link in a post. The link should go to either another website or to another post on your blog.
Embed Additional Content Embed 1 additional piece of content of your choice which is relevant to your blog. This is content from another website, such as a Slideshare, Quizlet, GoodReads, or a Voicethread using the embed code that site provides.
Add Labels Include at least 2 labels (similar to tags) to your post. These labels should describe the content of the post and will make it easier for you and others to find the post. Using the exact same label on multiple posts will allow similar posts to be group together.
Add a Comment Add at least 1 comment to a post. Typically the author does not add comments unless responding to someone’s comment. However, if no one else has posted a comment, please make a comment on your post for assessment purposes.
General Settings
Comment Moderation Change the blog’s comment settings so all settings are moderated. This will prevent others from posting inappropriate or unwanted comments.
Add an Author Add another author to your blog so they can make posts as well. Ask them to make a short post under their username so we can see you have added them as an author.
Add RSS Feed from Another Blog Add the “Blog List” gadget to your blog. Add an RSS feed from another pertinent blog (such as another teacher in your subject).
Rubric for Blogger Planning Badge
Prerequisites
Technology You must have previously earned the Blogger Technology Badge.
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Rubric for Blogger Integration Badge
Prerequisites
Technology You must have previously earned the Blogger Technology Badge.
Planning You must have previously earned the Blogger Planning Badge.
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