A collection information on blogging in schools with links to useful resources in the form of a blog. Tags are used to categorise the information for ease of use. This blog is independent and doesn't endorse any particular services mentioned.
Their website has clear instructions and you embed a picture in the same way you’d put a YouTube clip on your blog. When you search for images, the embed symbol doesn’t automatically appear under the pictures, you need to hover over them, and not all pictures are usable. Hopefully their search facility will get better as people use it.
By embedding the picture you’ll get automatic link and credit to Getty with your picture so you don’t need to worry about that. This is what it’ll look like!
Flickr is a free, online picture and video sharing website that is used by both professional and amateur photographers.
There are millions of pictures available to view but not all of them are available to use.
When people upload their files to Flickr they can decide which licence to share them under. This is set to All rights Reserved as default but many users choose a Creative Commons licence to share with and these are the pictures you may be able to use.
This is a joint venture between Flickr and the US Library of Congress. It aims to provide public access to thousands of archived photographs and allow for people to comment and add information to them.
By participating in the project, institutions have to declare that there are ‘no known copyright restrictions’ on the photographs and as such you will be able to use them in your blog. Many of the pictures are of a historical nature and are from institutions around the globe.
I can’t see clearly whether a specific attribution needs to be made with pictures holding a ‘no known copyright restrictions’ licence so make sure you at least link to the picture on Flickr if you use one.
You can search for images with a Creative Commons licence on Flickr relatively easily. The most recent 100 pictures for each CC licence are displayed and you can enter search terms to find something specific.
To use a picture, click on in and then the ‘share’ button on the bottom right of the screen. There you will be able to copy the HTML for your blog post. The picture will link back to Flickr. For the correct attribution you will need to include the name of the creator and a link to the details of the licence they are using. This link can be found by clicking ‘some rights reserved’ under the flickr member’s details.
This is undeniably a more difficult way of doing it than using a service like Photopin, but sometimes if you find a picture that’s not quite right and look at what else the Flickr member has in their photostream you may be find more options.
Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository containing pictures, sounds and videos that you can use on your website. Wikipedia and its sister projects, including Wikimedia Commons, operate under a Creative Commons licence. The rules for using and distributing their works are available on their websites.
It is not as simple to use as something like Photopin, with its ability to select your size and have the attribution information to hand, but there is an increasingly vast selection of media for you to use. A benefit of using Wikimedia Commons is that there are more than photographs available. Aside from the audio-visual content there are a variety of diagrams and illustrations.
There are a number of options for using a picture/ file including ‘download’ and ‘use on the web’. By clicking on these options you will see how you can select the size you want and the attribution information you need. The ‘use on the web’ option contains the HTML code for you to paste into the ‘text’ element of your post. This will automatically link back to Wikimedia Commons.
It really is worth having a look at the images and files that are available here as you may find things to use across the curriculum, not just within blogging.
Creative commons licences stipulate how a creator is willing to share their products and what you are able to do with them. You can find more information on their website and there is a short video explaining their uses here.
Before you use an image on your blog you need to own it or have permission to use it. As more and more individuals and companies use tracking software to protect their images, it is important to familiarise yourself with the laws governing copyright so you can avoid the nasty surprise of a huge bill.
Makewaves has provided some useful information and links to sources of images you can use here.
As I work my way through each of them, I will make individual posts for sources I think will be most useful.
It is possible to embed some videos from the BBC into your blog. Not every video has the option but there is a symbol like this </> next to the ‘full screen’ button that copies the code to your clipboard if a story allows it.
There’s no particular reason for using this as an example, it was the first ’embeddable’ one I got to!
Terms and conditions are on their site, with an explanation of why not every video is available to embed.
Voki lets you create an animated, speaking character that you can embed into your blog with information and comments.
There is a free version with limited characters to choose from or a Classroom version you can pay for with more features and classroom resources.
You create your character from a wide selection of faces, clothing and accessories – you can make an avatar of yourslef or a fictional character. Once you have finished creating you can add a voice, either by recording your own or using a text to talk feature (which has a selection of accents). The avatar resonds to the location of the user’s mouse cursor.
You could use voki to create a character that updates bloggers on school events, set tasks for pupils or comment on pupil work.
Social networking is a good way of letting people know you’ve got a blog in the first place and then for letting them know you’ve updated it.
Most people will be familiar with the popular ones –
It’s up to you whether to decide to use any of these – schools are very different places and some staff will be happy for pupils and parents to see their twitter account, others will want to keep the two very separate. There is the option of setting up a professional account that the children can access but it’s up to you.
There are lots of educational professionals actively using social networks to share advice and links to interesting ideas so it’s worth baring in mind.
Obviously if your school’s firewall is on super clampdown, it may be that you can’t access any of these services easily and the decision is made for you!
The global nature of blogs allows for pupils to receive comments on their work from outside the school and home. Comments, like posts, can be moderated by staff before being published and this ‘real’ audience can really encourage pupils to write. You never know, you might start a discussion with an ambassador…
Within the classroom comments are a brilliant way to get pupils to peer assess eachother’s work. Staff can leave comments as they would in an exercise book with praise and recommendations for improvements, and pupils can do the same.
As tagged pupil posts are easily searched for, pupils can reference the chronology of their work online and see for themselves how they’ve improved.
Reflective practice, peer assessment and incentive to write all in one feature!
QR codes are those pixelated squares appearing on everything. They are essentially like bar codes and contain information, usually a link to a website. There are plenty of free QR code generators available online and they can be read by bar code reader apps available for most smartphones.
QR codes can be generated for each blog post a child makes and displayed next to them. If pupils have work in exercise books that relates to their blog posts, they can stick a copy of the QR code in their book to keep a link to their work and any comments it receives in one place.