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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29 responses to “Let’s Get Started!

  1. dominic p.

    The google apps look awesome ,are they only for your classes or can we expand it?

    • mcteach

      Hello Dom: This is just for school. Were you thinking about adding science, math, Spanish pages?

      • Dominic D

        I agree with Dom. It would be cool to add our other subjects. If you read my reflections on my blog you can can see what I’d like to do with that.

  2. Amanda (panda)

    hi Ms. McMillan! What is our homework for the bloging?

  3. Amanda (panda)

    how do you remove a page? I accidentally didn’t create the language arts off of the home page.

  4. Brian

    Do we just enter what we think about the blogs as a comment or do we do somthing else?

    • mcteach

      Make sure you’ve created a page called “My Reflections” (you may have read my post before I added that). That’s the page where you’ll write your paragraph about blogging. Make sense?

  5. Brian

    oh are we supposed to answer on this blog or on ours?

  6. Brian

    I think this is a great tool that we can use to do more work and have fun doing it.

  7. Melissa

    Hi Ms. McMillan! I saw the post about the reflections already. Are you going to be posting up any other assignments tonight or is that it?

    • mcteach

      Hi Melissa:

      That’s it for the blog for tonight. But you’ve reminded me I need to post other 7th grade homework on the calendar. Thank you!

  8. Colleen

    Are we now allowed to add comments to other people’s blogs if they have written anything?

  9. lexy(AnimeFreak)

    hi ms mcmillan are we supposed to do a phragraph or just a few sentences???

  10. Alexa

    Ms. McMillian, as Madeline pointed out in her reflection you used a banned word: stuff.

  11. Hi Ms. McMillan! This is tons of fun! Sorry about the banned words but that is a compliment. Now that I’m done with my reflection, how can i change the theme? On our own time when there’s no homework, can we add some pages about things that aren’t related to school? Thanks, taylor

    • mcteach

      These blogs will just be for schoolwork. To change the theme, click on “more actions” in the top right-hand corner of the home page. Then scroll down to “Manage site.” On the left-hand side of that page you’ll find “site appearance” where you can change themes and colors. Have fun!

  12. Sean

    This is so much better than writing

  13. How do you access the blog in the first place? At the begining under “let’s get started” I clicked the link; and it only made me start a new blog, but I already created one. This blog technology thingy is a mystery to me!!

    • mcteach

      Once you click on Google Apps for Education (which is now also in the sidebar under Favorite Links), you’ll be taken to the sign-in page. Use your regular username and the password you were given in the computer lab yesterday. If that doesn’t work, send me an email. Thanks!

  14. Colleen

    How do you save a page your working on in drafts. I don’t want to necesarily put it up yet, but how do i save it so it’s not lost?

    • Colleen

      Also, is there anyway to aprove a comment before it is seen by the public, so if it is not supposed to be there, I can stop it from being seen?

    • mcteach

      Hi Colleen: Great questions! I love that you’re already thinking like a blogger!! (ie, how do we set the blog so you have to approve comments first?)

      I believe your only option for saving a page is to select “save” which will publish what you’ve written. My suggestion is to write your post in Microsoft Word first and save it there. Then you can copy and paste your post onto your blog.

      As for comments, I haven’t found a way to enable comment moderation yet. As soon as I do, I’ll let you know.

      Great thinking!!

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