Edublogs Update: Manage multiple blogs with a more powerful ‘My Blogs’ page

When Edublogs was first started years ago, most users just had one blog that they kept up with.

Now, with the exciting increase of student blogging, many users are managing hundreds of blogs all from their one account!

The newly revamped ‘My Blogs‘ page, found in the top left under ‘Dashboard‘, now makes it all so much easier.

From this page, you can:

The links above will take you to our user guide pages with loads of more information and detailed directions.

Be sure to visit Dashboard > My Blogs to see more.

Used along with the recently improved Blog & User Creator, the My Blogs page will help you setup and mange as many student blogs as you may need.

How to insert images, multiple users (on one blog) and have your own individual theme

A few housekeeping notes.

As you’ll probably have noticed I haven’t been able to fix the “Upload Photo” thingy yet but have high hopes that I can get it done in the very very near future so thanks for your patience on that one!

In the meantime though you can display images in your blog using the ‘picture’ icon. You can upload images (or audio, or whatever you want to display) at ourmedia and just link it in.

It also looks like adding multiple users to a blog by simply ‘adding users’ is also being phased out of WPMU… but all is not lost, if you want to add users just get them to get their own edublogs here and then you can ‘add user from community’ at Users>Authors and Users – easy and they get a bonus edublog :)

Also, this is the last call for individual themes before I have to start charging… if you would like your own individualised theme you need to basically edit a wordpress template (like one of these) give it a unique name (this is important as otherwise it might overwrite an existing theme) and email it to me: james / at / edublogs / dot / org with your blog address… and I’ll enable it especially for you. Get it to me in the next two weeks (i.e. before 14th November) and I’ll do it gratis.

Fingers crossed customisable themes aren’t that far away though, we shall see, in the meantime you do have 39 to choose from though!!!

(This is a "Page")Home

Easy Blogging

For Education

By educators, for educators. We are the oldest and most trusted web publishing platform for teachers and students.

Over 5 million blogs and counting since 2005

Why Edublogs?

Share, collaborate, build, and learn.

Teacher Friendly

Use our easy invite codes and class management tools to get started. And most importantly, it’s free!

Student
Safe

Our content filters, moderation options, and multiple privacy tools keep everyone safe.

Learning Centered

Leave private teacher feedback, easily embed videos and other work, and build community.

WordPress
Powered

We’ve built our platform on top of WordPress, which also powers more than 1/3rd of the internet.

Plans & Pricing

Blogs, websites, portfolio networks, and more….

Edublogs
Free
  • Forever!
  • 1GB Storage
  • Student Management
  • Ad-Free & Student Safe
  • All Themes & Plugins
Edublogs
Pro
  • $39 per year (USD)
  • 50GB Storage
    Allow Search Engines
  • Complete Visitor Statistics
  • Email Subscriptions
CampusPress
Custom
  • For Schools & Districts
  • Unlimited Storage
  • Single Sign On
    Custom Domains
  • Choose A Local Data Center

FAQ’s

  Edublogs Or CampusPress?

Edublogs is meant for individual teachers, while CampusPress is designed for entire schools, districts, or universities. Both come with the same great easy blogging features and tools.

  Is FREE Really Free?

Absolutely! Use our free blogging tool for as long as you’d like. There are no ads, gotchas, or anything like that.

  What About Student Privacy?

You have control over who can access all content. See our privacy guide for more information.

  How Can I Manage Students?

Using our class management tools, you can group and monitor students, and leave private feedback on all student work.

  How’s This Different Than WordPress?

We’ve added a ton of features, themes, and plugins that are geared just for education. Plus, we have a large community of educators and students that you won’t find anywhere else.

  Do You Offer Bulk Discounts?

Yep! If you’d like to purchase 5 or more Pro licenses, look for the ‘bulk upgrades’ link in your dashboard for more information.

  Can I Add My Own Theme?

Our CampusPress networks can submit themes to be added. We do a complete and thorough code review to keep everything safe and reliable.

  Can I Import Or Export My Blog?

For sure, we make it easy to bring over your existing blog from most major services and you can also export your content to take with you at any time.

Join Us On…

64.4k Likes

41.5k Followers

8.2k Monthly Views

Over 202k Email Subscribers!
Get tips and resources emailed to you weekly.

Plus a round-up of the best blog posts written by fellow educators.

Guide to finding and securing grants and outside funding for blogs and ed tech

currency_dollar_redFinding the funds for Edublogs Pro, Edublogs Campus, or any other education technology product out there isn’t always easy.

This is especially the case as schools and educators are facing difficult decisions in times were budgets are tight.

We have a growing number of users that have found success with grants, donations, and asking organizations to pitch in when it comes to financing individual classroom blogs or even blogs for an entire school district.

Using their advice and experience, here is our guide which will hopefully help others to do the same.

Step 1: Determine your needs

When completing applications for grants or asking potential funders for help, you must be specific and detail exactly what you need and how much it will cost.

In addition, you will be most successful when you can show how what you are asking for will help meet specific goals. For example:

  • Blogs as a class website are an easy and effective way for teachers to keep parents and students informed about what is going on in class
  • Blogs are student friendly to use, and the built in privacy settings and content monitoring systems on Edublogs provide for a safe and easy to manage blogging experience
  • Blogs naturally tie into curriculum standards such as writing, communication, critical thinking, ePortfolios, and technology proficiencies

Also, are you able to include multiple teachers or schools into the plan? Potential funders are more likely to be excited by a project that has the greatest bang (reach and impact) for their buck.

Our users have found successful grants for:

  • Edublogs Pro accounts for one teacher to provide blogs to all of his or her students
  • Bulk upgrade accounts to provide Pro blogs for 5 to 10 teachers
  • Edublogs Campus accounts for an entire school, school district, or university

Step 2: Find grants and funding sources

This is the big one. We’ve found that the most successful grant seekers have found sources close to home such as Parent Teacher Organizations and local businesses.

Many cities, districts, and states have educational non-profit organizations that provide assistance to educators as well. If you haven’t heard of any, ask around to see if any of your colleagues have.

For other sources, we recommend the following websites which have a wealth of information:

  1. Funding Your Technology Dreams – A HUGE list!
  2. SchoolGrants.org
  3. US Government Ed Grant Programs
  4. Australian Learning & Teaching Council Grants

Because there usually isn’t enough money to fulfill each request or application, it is best to apply to as many grants as possible and always be on the look out for new sources.

Step 3: Complete the application or write a proposal

Depending on the source, you may have a lengthy process. In some cases you might have multiple rounds and parts that are due at different times. Always pay close attention to the application process and deadlines to make sure everything is completed on time.

A few other tips for completing grant applications:

  • Make sure to really know the funding organization’s priorities and what they are looking for – tailor your message to this closely
  • Be positive and confident in your writing and correspondence
  • Have colleagues proof read and provide suggestions – for Edublogs related grants, we’re happy to help too!
  • When appropriate, find academic research to support your requests and how it meets an academic need

Step 4: Keep at it

It is an ongoing process which may not be successful the first time around. Most grants will only fund 1 to 3 years at a time as well, so it may take additional searches even after your blogging or technology project is off the ground.

Don’t give up and always be on the lookout for potential opportunities.

Do you have anything to add?

Are there any additional sites to find grants that we can add to our list?

Maybe you have a success story you would like to share?

We would love to hear from you in the comments below.

Top widgets for the sidebar of your class or student blog

Did you know that the fastest and easiest way to add new features to your blog is by embedding widgets into the sidebar of your blog?

To help you out, here is a list of the most popular and most useful widgets that can be added to your blog in no time.

Scroll down to the bottom of this post for more instructions on how to add widgets to your blog. Don’t forget, these widgets can also be embedded using the HTML tab in any page or post as well!

Visitor Statistics

  1. clustrClustrMaps – The most popular widget on Edublogs.  Displays a small map with “dots” for each of your visitors.
  2. Flag Counter – Lists the most common countries that your visitors are from and shows the flag from each country.
  3. Who’s Among Us – With an account, includes some nice stat collection tools.
  4. My Web Counter – Simple and free visitor counters with many custom looks and designs.

voki

Talking Avatars

  1. Voki – Add a speaking and highly customizable avatar to your blog.  Record you voice, create a character, and much more!
  2. Read The Words – Human avatars that will read text or recorded audio right in your blog.
  3. Site Pal – A paid widget that can make scarily realistic avatars using uploaded photos of you or students.

Miscellaneous

  1. Clock Link – 100’s of different and unique clocks of all types.
  2. AccuWeather – The most complete collection of weather widgets to show current conditions and forecasts.
  3. Box.net – Create a file dropbox or upload widget for students to submit files for your review.
  4. Feed Wind – Display the latest posts from another blog anywhere on the web.
  5. Sweet Search – Place a search box for a trusted and safe for students search engine.

googapps

Google Apps

*These widgets also will all work with Google Apps for Education users too!

  1. Google Calendar – Embed a list of upcoming events or a month view of a public Google calendar.
  2. Google Talk Chatback – Put a badge in your sidebar that lets users chat with you live when you are online. Your blog’s visitors don’t even need a gtalk account to chat with you.
  3. Google Maps – Embed a Google map – complete with directions, street views, and more.
  4. Google Gadgets – Choose from hundreds of different widgets, including games, trivia and more.

Multimedia

  1. schooltubeFlickr Slideshow and Badges – Easily add photos from your flickr account to your sidebar.
  2. Facebook Photo Gallery – Show off your public facebook photo galleries right on your blog.
  3. SchoolTube MVP – Share popular videos from SchoolTube.com with easy sidebar access.
  4. YouTube – Place in YouTube channels or top trending videos.
  5. Mixpod – Create a music play list and share it on your blog.
  6. RadioTuna – Pick a genre and play music for your visitors.

wordofday

Languages

  1. Google Translate – Instantly translate your blog into many different languages.
  2. Transparent.com Word of the Day – Audio and visual word of the day. Customizable in many of the world’s languages such as Spanish, French, German, Chinese and many more.
  3. Reverso Translation – Translorts, verb conjugators, and more in many different languages.

Reading

  1. Shelfari – Show off your favorite books for others to see.
  2. Education Atlas – Free thesaurus and dictionary widget with many features.
  3. SitePal Widgetbox – Mentioned above, but this widget will allow readers to type in or copy and paste words to be read out loud.

convert

Science & Math

  1. Science Score – A science question of the day. Students can even enter to win prizes.
  2. Wolfram AlphaQuite possibly the best resource on this list – Wolfram Alpha contains hundreds of customizable math and science widgets, including unit converters, weather tools, graphing calculators, problem solvers, and much more. This might be the only resource math and science students and teachers need for their blogs!

History

  1. Info Please – Nice looking “this day in history” widget that displays multiple events and updates every day.
  2. Timeline Index – 30 different timelines showcasing several different periods of history – including US presidents, world history outline, philosophers, and explorers.

Widget Sites & Collections

  1. widgetboxWidgetBox.comThe definite go-to place to find and build your own widgets. Edublogs uses several widgets from here on our main site!
  2. SpringWidgets.comAnother great source for widgets from many of your favorite sites on the web. User reviews and comments help you find the perfect widget for your blog.
  3. Widgipedia.comLike the two sites above, wigipedia is a huge and growing collections of widgets of all types and sizes.

How To Embed

1. Choose the widget of your choice and copy the html code for it.

2.  Go to Appearance > Widgets in your blog dashboard

Appearance > Widgets menu item

3.  Click on the desired Sidebar to expand (so you can add the widgets)

4.  Add a text widget to the desired sidebar by dragging it from the Available Widgets into the Sidebar area on the right.

5.  The widget will automatically open — just add the HTML code for your widget, click Save and then Close.

Adding HTML embed code to voki

6.  You should now see the widget in your blog sidebar!

Related Links

Since there are thousands and thousands of widgets to use, we are certain to have overlooked a few of your favorites. Leave a comment below with any that we missed so that we can add to the list!

Make your blog look like Twitter or Facebook

Did you know that two of our newest premium themes can make your blog look like it is right out of Twitter or Facebook?  We bet students are going to love these!

The Retweet Theme

The Retweet theme is highly customizable, complete with multiple background images and the ability to choose from any color scheme imaginable.

rtbackgrounds

Other features include a list of latest posts right at the top, integration with Twitter, customizable logo image, and quick social bookmarking capabilities.

Visit Amelia’s Awesome Blog for an example of a student blog using this new theme.

Smells Like Facebook

This new theme looks so much like Facebook that it is easy to get confused as to what site you are on while using it!

You can add a logo image, use one or two sidebars for widgets, and fake out friends with a real looking facebook blog.  :)

smfacebook

Want to give these themes a try?

In your Dashboard, you’ll find Premium Themes under Appearance.  Find the theme you like and click on Activate – that’s it!

And don’t forget as a Pro user you can simply upgrade up to 50 student (or other) blogs!

Once upgraded,  these blogs will have:

Features on  upgraded student blogs

Upgrading is as simple as 1, 2, 3:

How to upgrade a student blog

Provide some details for your blog
No stress, you can always change this later on.
.edublogs.org

« Go back Register Account » Create a Site »