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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

Fun theme with four backgrounds to choose from – one for each season!

 

Hum

Great for large images – and a simple layout.

 

Grisaille

With a “newspaper” feel, this theme is great for sites with a lot of content.

Publish

A perfect theme for an ePortfolio!

Quintus

Change colors and really customize this theme.

 

Reddle

Lots of white space – great for a class blog.

 

Responsive

Great for a traditional website – tons of menu and widget options.

Runo Lite

With fun backgrounds – including the look of paper!

 

Twenty Twelve

Versatile and powerful – great for websites, blogs, and more!

 

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!

Features includes:

  • 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!

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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 :

  1. friends around the world
  2. mystery skypes
  3. 3 Eddie Nominations
  4. 4KM and 4KJ
  5. math movies
  6. projects funded (from DonorsChoose.org)
  7. students blogging
  8. collaborative projects
  9. students commenting
  10. google maps
  11. new posts
  12. 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!

Email Subscription

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. :)

Happy Holidays!

From all of us here at Edublogs, we wish you, your students, and families a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and an excellent New Year!

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The good folks at DOGOnews have created a new plugin which is now available on all Edublogs!

The plugin makes three snazzy widgets available which you can use to display the latest kid-friendly news and current events, book reviews, and movie reviews right in your sidebar.

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 :)

  1. Login to your blog’s dashboard
  2. Click on ‘Plugins‘ on the left side of your dashboard
  3. Find the ‘DOGO Content Widget’ plugin and click ‘Activate
  4. Go to ‘Appearance‘ > ‘Widgets‘ and move the new DOGO widgets over to your sidebar of choice
That’s it!
Pretty cool, huh?

 

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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:

photo of salami

*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!? :)

Happy blogging!

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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!

Happy blogging!

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