Edublogs Campus now integrates with Google Apps, Desire2Learn, Moodle, Canvas, Blackboard and more!

With Edublogs Campus, we make it super easy for every student, staff, and faculty member to have their own WordPress blog or website.

And as of today, we’re excited to share, we can now integrate with many popular student management and learning tools, including Google Apps for Education and Learning Management Systems like Desire2Learn, Canvas, Moodle, and Blackboard.

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Google Apps for Education

If your school is already using Google Apps for Education, we can enable single sign on to manage user accounts, passwords, and blog creation.

This will mean that students and staff will have one less password to remember and it is even easier to allow users to create accounts and blogs without the need for request forms, CSV uploads, or other time consuming processes.

LTI and Learning Management Systems

For your LMS and other learning tools, we can now harness LTI to handle user account and blog creations.

Future plans include more detailed integration with many popular tools like links to class blogs within a course, auto-provisioning blogs for students in a course, and more.

We’ll work closely with our Edublogs Campus clients to determine these future plans, needs, and timelines!

Getting Started

If you already have a Campus network, or if you’d like to learn more about getting setup, get it touch with us at support@edublogs.org.

For new networks, we can usually have you up and running in as little as a day. We can even migrate existing WordPress networks over to Edublogs as well.

Don’t forget, we’re happy to setup free trials for Campus, so giving us a try is risk free, fast, and easy!

Better videos with the all new MediaCore plugin on Edublogs!

Available today, you’ll find an exciting new plugin for adding videos and audio to your blog – MediaCore!

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MediaCore is a cloud-based video education platform that makes it safe and easy to use video in teaching and learning.

With the new plugin, you can easily upload videos directly from your blog’s dashboard and embed videos that are already in your MediaCore account.

Best of all, there’s a free MediaCore educator account for you to get started!

A big thanks!

We want to thank Edublogs Campus user Brian Lockwood at Nanjing International School for introducing us to MediaCore.

We love when we’re able to provide new features and tools for users based directly off of feedback and suggestions we receive!

Using the plugin

Using the plugin is a breeze.

Activate the plugin and enter your MediaCore site’s information.

Then you’ll find a new icon in your post editor that takes care of all the rest.

For detailed instructions, check out our help and support guide here.

Happy video blogging!

Migrating your Posterous site to Edublogs

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:

  1. All image files
  2. All video files
  3. All audio files
  4. All posts
  5. All comments
  6. 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.

Refer to this step by step instructions for importing your Posterous account into Edublogs.

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.

3.  Comments

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!

 

A Few Updates and 12 Days of Blogging

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!

Two New Plugins! Easily Add Fonts and Tables to Your Blog

We’ve just released two new plugins for all Pro and Edublogs Campus blogs!

1. MCE Table Buttons – Activate this plugin and several new table management buttons will appear when you are working on a page or post.

Similar to the table tools in Microsoft Word or Google Docs, this new plugin makes it easy to create and edit large tables.

2. Supreme Google Webfonts – Adds two new often requested visual editor items!

One that lets you choose from dozens of fun and nice looking fonts and a second that lets you easily choose the font size.

See Them In Action!

How Do I Use These?

Easy :)

  1. Go to the Plugins menu item in your dashboard
  2. Scroll down until you find MCE Table Buttons and/or Supreme Google Webfonts
  3. Click Activate
  4. Go to Posts > Add New
  5. Enjoy!

Unveiling Wikis, Maps, Easy Blogging, a New Look, and More!

If you’ve logged into the dashboard of your blog in the last few days, then you probably have already noticed – but we just rolled out many exciting new features!

Plus, we’re just 11,000 10,000 blogs short of the 1 million we need to keep all blogs advertisement free forever!

It’s just too much to share all in one post, but here is a quick overview of some of what is new:

1. A new dashboard look

This will be the first thing you notice if you haven’t already. Everything is still in a familiar location, but the look and feel is a bit more polished.

As you explore the made over dashboard, you will find several improvements such as better search for themes, easier ways to sort posts and pages, and other little tools built in that should make blogging a bit easier.

2. The Admin Bar

Across the top of your blog you will find a new Admin Bar which will help you navigate around your blog and our site.

You can turn off this bar under Settings > Admin Bar in your dashboard if you would prefer – but we find it handy to quickly add a new post, login, or go back and forth between the site and dashboard.

3. Wikis

You will find a new Wiki plugin which lets you add pages to your blog which are fully functional wikis!

Settings allow you to choose between letting all visitors, only registered users, or a select few to edit the wiki. Changes are tracked and discussion is encouraged. This one we know many of you will love!

Read more about wikis on our help and support site here.

4. Custom Menus

Under Appearance > Menus you will find a brand new area for customizing the order and layout of your menus.

The drag-and-drop menu creation allows you to add links to any site on the web, specific categories, and more.

Adding custom menus is easy, and detailed directions on how are here.

5. Easy Blogging

Our Easy Blogging dashboard got a complete face lift too! This feature was designed so that more inexperienced bloggers can get their feet wet by removing a lot of the less used options. Plus, we just think it looks cool :)

You can go back and forth between the Easy Admin and the normal dashboard areas anytime.

6. Blog and User Creator

We greatly simplified the process of creating new users and blogs by rolling everything into this one new and improved creation tool.

Pro users will now be able to more easily create additional blogs, student blogs or accounts, and set it up so that you can manage them all right from the get-go.

7. Google Maps

There is also a new Google Maps plugin which makes it easy to add maps to your blog – including satellite and street views!

Best of all, it is easy to use, but you can find more details of how to use it here.

There’s more!

There is actually quite a bit more – including the ability to hide parts of a post until a selected time, improved form making, and updates to many themes. We will be sharing those in more detail in the coming weeks.

In the mean time, play around and let us know what you think! 

As always, feel free to contact us should you need any help with any of these new features.

Enjoy!

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