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How-to: Getting Started with EduBlogs

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EdublogsEdublogs (powered by a multi-user version of WordPress) is a completely free blogging platform targeted towards teachers, students, researchers, professors, librarians, administrators and anyone and everyone else involved in education. With each account, you receive 20MB of free upload space (easily extended to 5 GB as a Supporter) and a heap of great features.

On a larger scale, schools and universities looking to create, manage and control blogs at their own domain, can do so with Edublogs Campus, an additional paid offering from the people at Edublogs.

Commentary: For anyone that has worked with WordPress, Edublogs is really no different. The biggest benefit of Edublogs is the education-related tips and support that the community provides through their blog and forum at The Edublogger.

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How-to: Getting Started with Twitter

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TwitterTwitter, according to Wikipedia, is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to the author’s subscribers who are known as followers. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access. Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, Short Message Service (SMS) or external applications. While the service costs nothing to use, accessing it through SMS may incur phone service provider fees.

Sign up for an account:

  • Go to Twitter.com
  • Click “Sign up now”
  • Enter your “Full Name” (Note: Your name will be displayed on your page so if you would like to remain anonymous, do not use your real name.)
  • Enter a “Username” (Note: Your username can only include letters, numbers and the underscore symbol “_”. It will be used in your personal URL to access your Twitter “feed”. For example, “www.twitter.com/username”. Many names will be taken so try different options.)
  • Enter a “Password” (Note: While your password should be memorable, make sure it rates in the “Strong” category at the least.)
  • Enter the security terms (Note: This is there to prevent programmed machines from signing up for multiple accounts.)
  • Click “Create My Account”

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Building a Class Website: Should I use a Blog or Wiki?

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I get this question all the time… usually after one my teacher friends has attended a “tech” seminar where the speaker mentioned something or another about Edublogs (blog) and/or WikiSpaces (wiki), so let’s examine the two platforms.

Blogs Wikis
Management Single Facilitator (teacher) Community (teacher & students)
Collaboration Discussions through commenting system Open editing for all content (depending on privacy settings)
Design Multiple themes available; Complete HTML & CSS access Limited
Expandability Plugins available (YouTube/Flickr integration, Polls, Calendar, etc.) Limited options
Privacy Built-in Built-in
Spam Software Managed Community Managed
Cost Free Free
Setup Simple Simple
Platforms WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, Live Journal, Edublogs (powered by WordPress) WikiSpaces, PBWiki

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How-to: Getting Started with Skype

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Skype, according to Wikipedia, is a software application that allows users to make voice calls over the Internet. Calls to other users of the service, and in some countries to free-of-charge numbers, are free, while calls to other landlines and mobile phones can be made for a fee. Additional features include instant messaging, file transfer and video conferencing.

Installing Skype:

  • Click the “Download” link from the Skype Home Page (Note: Skype will automatically detect your operating system and download the appropriate file)
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the install.

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