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!
One of the things that we pride ourselves the most on here at Edublogs is the support we provide for our users.
In fact, over the past few weeks, you may have noticed an overhaul of our help.edublogs.org support site. Our team has been hard at work re-organizing and adding more information to the site so that everything is easier to find.
Here are just a few of the new and improved features of our help site:
- An updated ‘Frequently Asked Questions‘ – with the 20 most commonly questions answered in detail, all in one place.
- A simplified ‘New User Guide‘ which helps our newest users get started with blogging quickly and easily.
- An overhaul of our ‘Complete User Guide‘ with videos (more to come soon!), handouts, and step-by-step instructions of just about anything you would want to do on Edublogs.
- A brand new ‘Handouts, Worksheets, and Professional Development‘ page which we hope will be the hub for many new resources that will help make integrating Edublogs into the classroom an even more powerful experience for learners.
- Information on our free ‘Webinars and Live Trainings‘ – which we would like to do even more of. Let us know if you have any ideas for webinars or would even be interested in co-hosting one. Our edublogging community has so much to share!
Getting help when you need it:
In addition to the loads of guides and support documents we offer, we know that occasionally there comes a time when a specific question might come up.
And anyone can search through or throw out a question to the community in our forums.
Fast and helpful support is our highest priority so that our users can concentrate on the teaching and learning that takes place through blogging.
As always, we welcome any and all feedback on the new help and support site so that we can make it even better!
We hope that others are able to gain ideas from these blogs while we are able to recognize teachers and students for all of their excellent work.
This week, the featured blog is Heroes 2011 from Brebeuf Jesuit College Preparatory School in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Have a quick look at this blog, and you can tell that teacher Jana Haffley has worked hard with her Grade 11 English students on their blogs – complete with a Hero theme as much of the literature students read during the year is related to different heroes.
Jana was nice enough to answer a few questions from us so that we could share more about how she uses blogs in her classroom.
What do you teach?
I teach English 11. It’s derived from a primarily British Literature course, but it takes Joseph Campbell’s Hero Journey as its central theme and organizing principle. The literature selections are a blend of traditional texts from Great Britain and the world (Oedipus, Hamlet, Animal Farm, The Alchemist) and modern texts from various media (primarily film like The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Amazing Grace).
How long have you been blogging?
This is actually my third year. My pilot year was a mixed result. Last year was awesome, so I’m hopeful this year will be good, too.
What do you want to accomplish with using blogs with your students?
Wow, there’s several… Let’s start here: My first goal with the blogs was to join my students where they live: online. One of my colleagues introduced me to Edublogs, which looked pretty and cool. Then, as I tend to do, I dived in, researching social media and 21st Century education (you know, all the buzzwords), and I was hooked. I thought: This explains the growing disconnect between my otherwise fabulous course and the students. The realities of new media were becoming so pervasive I thought that if I didn’t jump on, I’d get left behind. So, one of my primary goals with blogging is to re-engage my students in their “schooling.” The kind of learning they do through their tech outside of school is so much more engaging than the 19th century model they are encountering in school, that the disconnect is obvious (and painful when one wants to inspire students). So, I want to convince them that what they learn in school can be as real and engaging and pertinent as the stuff they learn in their “real lives.”
Secondly, the ability to individualize instruction through the blogging model is enormously beneficial to me. I love that students who need extra time and the chance to review materials over and over again to gain mastery can have free access to the class outside the 50 minute window of class. And the visual learners can benefit from the multi-media model so that they don’t have to rely exclusively on the auditory channel through lectures and the like. PowerPoints become movies that they can review as needed online.
What are the benefits you have seen so far?
One of the most effective aspects of blogging is the “REAL AUDIENCE” of their peers that the forum provides. No longer are they attempting to please the teacher with writing drivel; they now write for a real audience, and suddenly they want to sound authentic and witty and smart. They even want their words to be more or less grammatically accurate so that they don’t look dumb to their peers. By writing beyond the audience of one, my students have a genuine motivation to improve their writing, and it is from that internal motivation that all authentic learning comes. So, blogging has made my job easier. They are writers and readers of each other in a medium they enjoy. What could be better?
What challenges have you faced with blogging in your classroom?
Assessment. The key issue I’ve found so far is how to give feedback effectively. I want to do it right on the blogs, but the public aspect of such feedback feels “wrong,” for lack of a better explanation. I don’t want to mortify students by revealing to all what kind of “grade” they got, but, at the same time, there’s no paper to mark to give them private feedback. I’m working on email feedback, but that’s not very streamline or efficient. Plus, we have an electronic gradebook system that is primarily numerical (not a lot of room for comments, etc.), so systematically, finding a way to give feedback efficiently would be my major, current challenge.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I’m a fan of Edublogs. I’ve looked around at other systems, and yours is by far the most adaptable. I have a lot of room to play, and so do my students, and that makes all the difference.
Thank you Jana for sharing with us!
Please feel free to leave comments below – especially with any ideas on assessing student work on blogs.