Post By Email, Auto-post to Facebook and Twitter, Better Image Galleries and More!

Woah!

Today’s news is kinda big.

We’ve made available a new plugin, called Jetpack, which when activated brings a ton of new tools and features to your blog.

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What Can Jetpack Do?

Post by Email

You can create a unique and private email address that can be used to publish a new post on your blog just by sending an email. Read more here.

Auto-post to Facebook, Twiiter, Google+ and More

Connect your blog to your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Path, or Tumblr account to automatically share a link to each new post every time you publish. Read more here.

Sharing Buttons

Much like the AddThis plugin already available, Jetpack gives you another means of adding social sharing icons to the bottom of each of your posts.  Read more here.

Better Image Galleries

Visit our news post from yesterday about the new themes. Click on the image gallery at the top of the post (of all of the themes) and you can see how the images open up in a new full screen slideshow experience. There’s also ways of displaying images in fun new layouts.

Learn more here:

  1. Carousel
  2. Tiled Galleries
  3. Slideshows

Widget Visibility

Hide or show widgets on different pages, giving you total control and flexibility to really customize your sidebars. Read more here.

Spelling and Grammar

The additional spelling and grammar tools can be set so that you must run a check before publishing each new post – a great way to cut down on typos and errors!

And More

There are more modules too that you might find useful. Just activate the Jetpack plugin and take a look around.

Important Notes

Jetpack is developed by the team behind WordPress.com and in order to use the plugin, you must create or have a WordPress.com account.

Jetpack on Edublogs is available to Pro blogs and student blogs that Pro teachers have added as part of My Class.

The plugin is also available on our Edublogs Campus networks, though a Super Administrator must enable the plugin first.

How To Use Jetpack

Go to Plugins > Social in your blog’s dashboard and find the Jetpack by WordPress.com plugin. Click Activate.

Then, go to the new Jetpack menu item near the top of your menu and connect your blog to a WordPress.com account.

You can find more detailed instructions on setting it up here.

And as always, please contact us with any questions you may have.

Happy blogging!

 

Starting 2014 With a Bang: Big Edublogs Updates Are Here!

Happy New Year!

We’re excited to share some of the most significant improvements to Edublogs and Edublogs Campus in years!

A New Modern Look And Feel

You’ll immediately notice in your dashboard a brand new coat of paint.

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Don’t worry, everything is exactly where it was before, but the new design is more modern and more importantly…

Mobile Friendly Dashboard

While our apps for iOS and Android work great, sometimes you might want to quickly write a post or check your blog’s dashboard from your web browser.

And now you can!

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You can upload images or take pictures with your device’s camera right in the dashboard too.

Plus, if you are using our apps, you have an option to open the full dashboard experience, which is now much better as well.

Now students have no excuse not to get their posts submitted no matter where they are! ;)

Color Schemes

Hover over your name in the top right corner and choose ‘Edit My Profile’ and you’ll see options for different color schemes as well.

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A nice touch, we think.

The New Plugin Experience

Visit the ‘Plugins’ menu item and you’ll also notice a dramatic new way of searching for and discovering plugins.

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A little preview, now that the Plugin experience is much improved, we hope to concentrate on adding many new ones over the coming months, so stay tuned!

 

New Dashboard Tools for Better Blogging and Student Management

We’ve got a huge amount of new blogging toys coming your way here in 2012!

To help lay the ground work for the even better stuff yet to come, you will now notice two snazzy new boxes greeting you when you first login to your blog’s dashboard.


There is more!

Go to Dashboard > My Blogs and you will see a list of all blogs you belong to, improved management tools, and a filter to only show blogs that need your attention to moderate comments or posts!

And one more thing!

We’ve done a ton of work on many of the more behind-the-scenes type of things that will help ensure a happy and fun blogging experience for all.

Part of that work includes a better payment and account management system for Edublogs Pro – which many of you may notice, we now can accept credit cards without the need for PayPal accounts! We’re also happy to work with your school to accept Purchase Orders or checks too!

This is something we’ve heard from many of our users needed improvement, so we’re happy to make the checkout and Edublogs Pro subscription management process even better.

Stay tuned!

Just a sneak-peek at what our team is working hard to bring you in the coming weeks and months:

  • better student moderation and management tools
  • more beautiful and customizable themes
  • an improved mobile blogging experience
  • and much, much more!

What do you think?!

Feel free to contact us or leave a comment below with your thoughts on the above or if you have ideas of your own on how we could be better.

Happy blogging!

Edublogs Weekly Review: Taking blogging to infinity and beyond

nasalogo_twitter_reasonably_smallThis week we came across Mrs. T’s Fantastic Fifth Grade Bobcats class blog and this fun video post of a recent field trip to NASA.

In fact, we liked the blog so much that it is our blog of the week!

In addition, it really got us thinking about how blogging can be used to facilitate collaboration between classrooms and different organizations and experts such as NASA.

A little bit of fun research into the different offerings of NASA revealed a few tools and resources that you may find useful to add to your blog.

NASA and Twitter

Follow @NASAJPL_Edu for educationally related news and tweets from NASA. Some great images, videos, lesson ideas and more!

NASA hosts frequent Tweet-Ups at different locations, and if you sign up, you can be invited to come in for a VIP tour and question/answer period. How cool is that?

NASA TV

You can embed many videos from NASA right into any page or post on your blog. The most recent videos can be found here.

Or share this link to a live feed from the international space station on your blog. According to the NASA website, due to the orbit of the space station, there is a sunrise or sunset every 45 minutes caught on video here!

Live Chats

NASA offers live chats frequently with different experts about many different topics. Recent chats discuss comets, the sun, the moon, fuel, and hurricanes – a wide variety that would be relevant to many different types of courses and age groups. Students and teachers can even submit questions before hand to get answered by the expert!

All of the recent chat transcripts – and information on upcoming ones – can be found here.

More NASA Resources

Find teaching and learning materials from NASA by searching through different levels, grades, subjects, and types.

Also, you can sign up to be on NASA’s news list to receive email updates and announcements about NASA’s educational programs, activities, and events.

Top #ebshare tweets from the week:

RT @edublogs: Check out all of the Edublogs live events in November – http://bit.ly/b3Fpsf Hope to see you there! #ebshare #culturainglesaMon Nov 01 23:27:28 via Panoramic moTweets


RT @edublogs: 34 Free Productivity Tools That Will Help You Eliminate Expensive Software via @inspired_clsrm – What a list! http://bit.lThu Nov 04 17:22:36 via web


Looking for ideas on how to help students evaluate web sites http://bit.ly/bLfa6Y #edchat #ebshareFri Oct 29 00:00:07 via web

Want to share a post, ask others to visit a blog for comments, or show off cool student work? Use the hashtag #ebshare to let us know so we can re-tweet it for you!

Featured Edublog of the Week

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Mrs. T’s Fantastic Fifth Grade Bobcats

An excellent example of what a class blog can be!

California, USA

Find more great blogs like this one in our International Edublogs Directory.

Summing it up

Besides NASA, are there other government, business, or non-profit organizations who’s online resources could really compliment your class or student blogs?

Let us know of any you find or how you use outside resources so that we can pass it on to others.

Have a great weekend!

Edublogs Weekly Review: iPads are changing the way we teach, learn, and get stuff done

ipadeducationIf the twitter stream and blog posts over the past week or so are an accurate representation, it seems that iPads and other tablet devices have really started to solidify their roles in and out of the classroom.

In fact, I should disclose, this post comes at the conclusion of my first week with an iPad. Would you believe that this entire post (with the exception of adding the tweet images down below) was composed from the couch using this free blogging app here?

Really, it isn’t the fastest way to compose blog posts on a regular basis, but it certainly is fun and convenient. :)

Most reviews and experiences seem to be positive about the use of iPads in the classroom. And as announced this week with Google Apps coming to iPad and Android, the number of tools and uses are still multiplying.

So how do you sift through all of these classroom apps?

Luckily, edubloggers are making this easy.

Here are our favorite five blog posts and resources from just this week related to iPad and tablet use in the classroom:

  1. iPads in Education – Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org
  2. The Essential iPad Guide for Principals – eduleadership.org
  3. Education departments go wild for the iPad – delimiter.com.au
  4. Top 200 Education Apps -appannie.com
  5. The E-Textbook Experiment Turns A Page – NPR.org

What about personal and productivity apps too?

It’s only been a week, and the truth is, the iPad can be a great productivity tool useful to teachers, administrators, and edubloggers alike.

Here are a few must-have apps to download on your first day with an iPad:

  • Reeder – Integrates with your Google Reader.  Can make catching up on all the great blogs you read a bit more interactive and fun!
  • IM+ for Gtalk and IM – will run in the background and has been known to wake up our resident blogger and support hero, Sue Waters, in the middle of the night when the sound is left on. (Sorry, Sue!)
  • Skype – Turns your iPad into a massive iPhone for messaging and free calls around the world. Not a bad speaker phone too for meetings or group conversations.
  • MaxiVista iPad – For Windows machines, will turn your iPad into a second monitor for your computer. This is good for keeping email or chat open on the iPad while working in other windows.
  • AirDisplay – The same as MaxiVista above, but for Macs.  AirDisplay has a Windows Beta version, but there seemed to be some bugs when testing it out.
  • Mobile Mouse – Makes it easy to turn your iPad into a giant wireless mouse touch pad for your computer.  This would be useful when doing presentations or teaching a lesson and wanting to control a computer from a distance.  What is different about this than other wireless mouse technologies is that the iPad allows you to type on the keyboard as well!

Top #ebshare tweets from the week:

Just blogged: What does the ideal elementary report card look like? Comments appreciated! http://bit.ly/cxS8tl #elemchat #edchat #ebshareMon Sep 20 12:01:33 via Tweetie for Mac


Want to learn more about edu-blogging? Why not visit some student blogs & leave comments. Here’s how: http://tinyurl.com/368qbdrWed Sep 22 15:55:13 via web


Want to share a post, ask others to visit a blog for comments, or show off cool student work? Use the hashtag #ebshare to let us know so we can re-tweet it for you!

Featured Edublog of the Week

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Using technology in Middle School.

Tasmania, Australia

Find more great blogs like this one in our International Edublogs Directory.

Summing it up

Getting to see more examples of iPads in the hands of students will be interesting over the coming months.

Let us know if we missed a great resource or app so we can share with the community!


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Since 2005, Edublogs has been hosting blogs and providing custom blogging platforms to individual teachers, school districts and hundreds of thousands of students. We’ve grown to become the largest, most trusted, best supported and widely used way for teachers and students to engage with the world of blogging.

A quick overview of Edublogs

Edublogs can do a lot, and it would be impossible to list everything in one place. To help you get introduced to all of the different features, we’ve created this quick overview. Edublogs are:

  • Safe and Reliable – Blogs can be completely private or open to the public. Since we only host education related content, Edublogs are allowed by most school filters where other blogging platforms are not.
  • Student Friendly – It is as simple to add to and update a blog as it is to send an email. Teachers can easily create and manage as many student blogs as needed.
  • Rich With Features – A few of the most popular features include discussion tools, video embedding, Facebook and Twitter integration, and calendars.
  • Customizable – With over 100 different themes which allow for control of colors, images, and layout.
  • Research-Based – Engage students in their learning and enhance instruction through collaboration, student portfolios, and endless classroom uses.

Why blog in schools?

Blogs strike the perfect balance of providing information anytime and anywhere, social networking and interaction, and the ability to openly share thoughts and achievements.One popular way to use an Edublog is to make regular updates about assignments, events, and anything going on in class.

Blogs like these keep students and parents informed and extend the classroom to any place with access to the web. Students love to blog too, and doing so can engage students in their learning and extend collaboration with classmates and even people all over the world!

Edublogs are great for group projects, ePortfolios, school newspapers, reflection journals, class websites, and much more!

For even more ideas, click on the image on the right or the link here for our top 10 ways to use Edublogs to teach!

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Famous for our amazing help and support – from experienced teachers!

We are serious about providing the best support you will ever receive on the web – all of our help and support materials are made for teachers by teachers.

We’ve got comprehensive videos, manuals, help forums, and even live support sessions and webinars. Pro and Campus users can also email our support team directly from their blogs – and we promise to always reply in 24 hours or less. On school days, our response time is often much less than that!

Not only do we support you with all of the technical aspects of blogging, but Edublogs users are all members of a growing international community of educators. We are constantly sharing and learning from each other as we strive to provide our students with the best educational and technology experiences.

Don’t just take our word for it

See what educators around the world have to say about Edublogs…

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“I have been using Edublogs for three years… I love the versatility and ease of use… The support is excellent.” – Helen Harvey – Booker High School

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“The result was this amazing, organic discussion that ranged from debates over whether or not a sequel exists to one book, to speculation about posthumous publications from J.D. Salinger.” – Robert C. Barker – John Liechty Middle School

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“I was so pleased to discover Edublogs from a colleague… so quick and easy to set up, count me in as a supporter of Edublogs!” – Robert B. Cooter, Jr., Ed.D. – Professor & Ursuline Endowed Chair of Teacher Education, Bellarmine University

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“Edublogs has been an amazing tool for my students and I… Edublogs is so user friendly that we had the blogs for teachers up in no time.” – Jennifer Parrigin – Nash Central Middle School

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“Campus makes it so simple to set up a separate blog for individuals and keep the management of the blog under one administrator. Edublogs has been a great company to work with.” – Patrick Dierschke – Angelo State University

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How does Edublogs compare to other blogging tools?

It’s important to make the right decision when choosing a blogging platform for your class, school, university or district.

There are a range of genuine blogging providers, and the chart below offers you a comparison between what they offer as opposed to Edublogs – roll over the ‘?’ on each point for more detail.

Edublogs

The World’s largest education blogging platform, focused on teachers and students with educational support and features

Blogger

The original blogging platform, now owned by google, offering blogs to anyone

WordPress

A blogging platform focused on ‘expressing yourself’ and ‘publishing’

Who is the service for?

Only for education?
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Support from teachers
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Class blog management
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Academic functionality
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A safe and secure environment?

Allows adult content?
Absolutely no adult content
Allows adult content
Allows adult content
Privacy and safety
No exposure to other blogs
‘Next’ button exposes random blogs
‘Related Posts’ links expose multiple other blogs
Allowed access?
check – accessible by most schools
check – blocked for adult content
check – blocked for adult content

Functionality and features

135+ Premium Themes
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‘Easy Blogging’ Mode
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Embed javascript
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Extra plugins
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Upgrades
$3 p/month – which allows you to add features to unlimited student blogs too
No upgrades – simple basic service
$100+ per individual blog for the same features as Edublog Pro users
Advertising
Completely ad free
Integrated with Google Adsense – advertising promoted and encouraged
Ads on all blogs unless you are logged in, costs $30 per blog to turn off

Help and Support

Full documentation
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Access to forums
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Premium email support
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Telephone support
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Customized webinars
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Classroom tools

Threaded discussions
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Forums
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Wikis
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Friends & Messages
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Blog and user management tools

Create blogs & users
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Manage blogs & users
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Batch create blogs
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Super admin control
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Full MySQL Exports
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Custom themes, custom plugins, LDAP integration and other functionality

Upload custom themes
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Custom plugins
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SSL Certification
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LDAP & integration
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Request new features
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So, what’s the next step?

start a free edublog
start a pro edublog
contact us about campus

Creating and managing student blogs

One of the most powerful features of Edublogs is the ability for teachers to easily create and manage blogs for students.

These unparalleled tools allow teachers to decide if students can post freely to blogs or if any posts and comments must be approved first before being made public. These features also give teachers the freedom to log in as administrators on student blogs to help set up new themes or make changes whenever needed.

Flexible and powerful, our management tools will provide you with all of the oversight that you may need.

Choosing between Edublogs Free, Pro, and Campus

We offer three excellent blogging services. The chart below details what features you will find in each.

Edublogs Free

Free, easy and basic option, great for students

Edublogs Pro

The ultimate blog package for individual teachers

Edublogs Campus

Designed for institutions, manage and control as many blogs as you need – from a single class to 10,000+ blogs

From $3.33 p/month
(Plus add extra features to unlimited student blogs!)
From less than $1 p/blog p/year
See Campus Pricing Here

Features

Create posts and pages
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Post images & audio
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Fast and reliable
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Storage
32 MB
10 GB
10 GB per blog
Privacy
Privacy to search engines
Full privacy options
Sitewide privacy options
30 Free Themes
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100+ Premium Themes
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check + on unlimited student blogs
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Embed videos & more
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check + on unlimited student blogs
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Mobile blogging
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check + on unlimited student blogs
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Own domain name
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Extra plugins
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Integrated statistics
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Help and Support

Full documentation
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Access to forums
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Premium email support
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Telephone support
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Customized webinars
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Classroom tools

Threaded discussions
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Wikis
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Forums
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Community wikis
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Friends & Messages
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Blog and user management tools

Create blogs & users
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Manage blogs & users
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Batch create blogs
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Super admin control
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Full MySQL Exports
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Custom themes, custom plugins, LDAP integration and other functionality

Upload custom themes
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Custom plugins
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SSL Certification
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LDAP & integration
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Request new features
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start a free edublog
start a pro edublog
contact us about campus

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