Daily Archives: September 28, 2009

Adding Comments

I know you’re all anxious to begin the conversation with your classmates, but I’m going to ask you to wait until we talk about how and why we add comments. Remember these blogs are for educational purposes, not for general chatting with your buddies.

You have cellphones for that! 🙂

If you have already added comments, please delete them if you can. Or if someone has added a comment to your blog, please delete it. Thank you!


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Let’s Get Started!

I know all of my wonderful seventh graders are ready to get started blogging, so let’s finish setting up our pages. In case you’ve forgotten already, start here:

Google Apps for Education

You will sign in using the same information you used in the computer lab this afternoon. If you need more help with the sign-in, please send me an email.

Once you log in, click on “sites” and you will see your student number, that’s the link to your Google Site page. Click on it and let’s get to work.

Moving Pages

If you need to move a page, it’s actually quite simple. From your Sites Home page, click on the page you wish to move. For example, if you have “The Giver” showing in your sidebar then it needs to be moved so that it’s located off your Literature page. If that’s the case, here’s what you do:

  • From the home page, click on “The Giver” in the sidebar
  • Click on “More actions” at the top of the window on the right-hand side (right next to “edit page”).
  • Under “More actions” there is an option to “Move page”. That’s what you want!
  • Click on “Move page” and a new window will open with a page highlighted in yellow. That is where your Giver page is currently “attached”…if you will.
  • Now, click on “Literature” and it will become yellow.
  • Finally, click on “Move” (at the bottom of the window).

That’s it! Easy, right?

Adding Pages

Ready to add some more pages? Of course you are! Let’s start with a Language Arts page. This will go off of the Home page, just like we did with literature. Got it?

Now let’s add a Vocabulary page, but this will go off of the Language Arts page…not the Home page. To do that, remember you need to click on “Choose a different location” when creating the page. Then select “Language Arts.”

How we doing?

OK? Great! Now, add the following pages off of the Home page:

  • Religion
  • My Reflections
  • Writer’s Workshop
  • Social Studies

If you’d like to see what it looks like, you can visit my practice page. But check back frequently as I’ll add STUFF as I think of it!

Your First Blog Assignment

Ready to write something? Sure you are! Hopefully you noticed that I added a “My Reflections” page to the list above. I’d like you to write your reflection about blogging. What are your thoughts as we start this blogging journey together? Are you excited? Anxious? Thinking you’d rather be using that old fashioned tool…oh, what’s it called?

Oh yeah…a pencil.

What are some ideas you might have for using the blog? What do you think some of the guidelines should be for using blogs? Every reflection you write should be at least a paragraph, but you may always feel free to write more!

Be sure to save the page now and then. Once you do, you’ll have to click on “edit page” in order to write more.

That’s it for now. What do you think?



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