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.
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.
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.
Let users see where visitors are coming from using Revolver Maps.
There are several styles of maps available and in different code versions so there should be somethng that works with your blog. The widget takes visitor location data and displays it. Users can click on the widget to view visitor statistics of the site.
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.
Create your own stories with Storybird taking inspiration from illustrations and piecing them together to make your own online book. Once books have been moderated you can embed them straight into your blog.
Individual and Teacher/Class accounts are available for free and the usual ‘extra options’ are available to purchase.
This is a great way to inspire children to write, letting the pictures tell the story.
Share your presentations and documents with Slideshare.
As with many ways of sharing media, there is a basic free version and a ‘pro’ option that you subscribe to but has more features. For uploading slideshow presentations it is free. These can be public or private and there is the facility for commenting.
Presentations can be embedded in your blog, so you can use Slideshare to make lessons available to pupils at anytime or as a showcase of pupil work.
This looks brillant. I’ll admit now, I haven’t tried it yet. But I did watch the ‘How to…’ video below and can think of several ways this software could be used in the classroom.
Muvizu allows you to create 3D animations using a variety of characters and scenes – all customisable. You choose camera angles, lighting and direct your characters down to the eye movements. This would be a brilliant way to show stories the pupils have written or recreate stories they have heard.
You have to be 13 to join Muvizu but teachers can open ‘gatekeeper’ accounts that enable you to have full control over what pupils are doing. Once videos have been published they can be rated and be commented on.
Once you have created your masterpiece you save it to your computer and there is an inbuilt option to upload it straight to YouTube to embed in your blog.
Fill in all the boxes for information and choose your colours, then copy and paste the code into your blog post.
Your voters get to have their say and then see how others have voted (on the Vorbeo website).
There doesn’t appear to be any way of viewing the results of the poll without voting or copying the link from the code and pasting into your browser. It is however a really simple way of creating a poll.