8. Blog posts

Make sure to ALWAYS click Save at the bottom when you are done to save your changes!!!

Maintaining an active blog is not required, but is a great way to provide updates on what is going on your classroom.

  • To add a blog post, click on the Manage Teacher Page button at the top of your screen.
  • On the Page Management page that comes up, click on Add Blog Post.
  • The blog page creation window works exactly the same as the About Me and Classroom Annoucements pages.
  • If you want to delete or edit blog posts after you have created one, you can do so by clicking on Manage Teacher Page at the top.  You will see your various blog posts listed under the Add Blog post button with Edit and Delete options.


  • Here are the instructions again for working with a page for easy reference.


You can fill out what information you would like to put into this box.  It works similar to Word.  There are three rows of options:

  • First Row
    • Source: if you are comfortable with HTML code, you can work directly with it.  Most will not use this.
    • The next group is your standard cut, copy, and paste.  There are three paste buttons: Paste, Paste as text (it takes away any formatting there might be, such as if you paste from a word file), and Paste from Word.  Paste from Word will attempt to keep all of your formatting you have done in Word to make it as direct of a copy and paste as possible.
    • The next two buttons are spell check.  The first one will check the spelling of your page.  The second one will give you the option to turn on Scan as you type.  This will check your spelling as you fill out your page.
    • The left and right arrows are your undo and redo buttons to undo or redo any work you have done.  The binoculars is a search function to search your page.  The letters next to the binoculars is a replace function where you can search through your page and have it replace one word with another.
    • The square button will select everything on the page and the eraser next to it will remove any formatting you have done (font, text size, colors, etc).
    • The final set in this row starts with a picture button which allows you to insert a picture into your page.  Place your cursor where you want the picture to go, then click on the picture icon.  In the new window that appears:
      • Click on Browse server.  It will open your folder you have to store data for your webpage.
      • Click the Upload button.  In the little window that appears, click Browse.  Find the picture you want to use and click Open.  Then click Upload.  You should see it appear in the main window.  Make sure it is selected and click the Insert File button at the top.  If you want to shrink the picture so it does not look so big on the page, you can adjust the size using the Width and Height boxes.  To ensure the picture does not get distorted, make sure the little lock button is closed.  As you change one box (Width or Height), you will see the other box change as well so the picture does not get distored.  You can also make the picture a clickable link to another web page.  If you click the Link tab, you will see a box that lets you type in a link to another page.  Once you are done, click Ok.  You will see your picture appear on the page.  If you want to change anything (add a link, change the size, etc) right click the picture and select Image Properties.
      • The red circle with the white 'F' is to upload a flash file to your website.  When you click on it, it will open a window similar to the picture window, which will allow you to find your flash file and put it in your web folder.
      • The blue and white grid will allow you to insert a table into the page.
      • You can set your Rows and Columns, configure if a row or column is a header, and you can set the size of spacing between each cell by increasing the spacing and padding options.  The Caption option will put a title centered at the top of the table.
      • The line will put a divider line in your web page:

      • The smiley face will allow you insert different emoticon in your page.
      • The blue omega symbol will open a table of special characters you normally don't find on a keyboard.
      • The globe will allow you to insert an IFrame into your page.


  • Second Row
    • In the second row you have your standard formatting buttons: Bold, Italics, Underline, Strikethrough, Subscript, and Superscript.
    • The next section lets you start numbering and bullet points.  If you right click on a number or bullet, you can select the List Properties to change the numbering or bullet type.
    • The net two buttons give you the ability to change the indent of your text, which can be useful while doing sub lists of number or bullet lists (simliar to how I have done here).
    • The quote marks allow you make a block quote text box on your page:

Here you can see a block quote of text which is different then the text around it.

  • The 'Div' button will let you create a Div Container.
  • The next set will let you set the text alignment: Left, Center, Right, or Justify, followed by if you want the text to go right to left, or left to right.
  • The next button is used to create a link to another page.
    • First, type the text you want to see on your page for the link (example: Click here).
    • Next, highlight said text and click the globe icon that has a chain link on it.
    • In the URL box, type/paste in the URL to the page you want to link to.  If you are linking to a file on the server (like a .PDF or Word document), you can click on Browse server and look for it in your web folder.  You can upload a file as well, just like you do with a picture which is described above.
    • If you want it to open a new window when you click on the link, you can do this by going to the Target tab and selecting "New Windows (_blank)" in the target menu.
  • If you want to create an anchor point in your web page, click on the blue flag.  Give the anchor a name and click Ok.  An example of how these work can be seen hereWhen you click on one of the chapter links in the policy manual, it will skip you down to the appropriate section of your page.  If you click on the Return to top link, it brings you back to the top to see the table of contents.  This is done using anchors.
  • To make a link use an anchor, highlight the text you want to be a link and click on the link icon (globe with a chain link on it).  Change the Link Type from "URL" to "Link to anchor in text."  It will bring up a new menu showing you all of the anchor points in your page.  Select the one you want and click Ok.


  • Third Row
    • The third row contains your basic text formatting options.  You can choose a preset format, a font, and text size.
    • Following that, you can select the text color, and a color to highlight the text.
    • The blue square with arrows pointing out is the maximize button.  If you would like your editing space to take up the entire screen to make it easier work, click the button.  It will fill up the entire screen and give you the editing controls at the top.  To leave full screen, click the button again.
    • The next button with the document with a magnifying glass on it will turn on Show Blocks.  This will show each set of text blocks.
    • The last button with the dashed red line will allow you to insert a teaser break, similar to a line break.