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What to do with your student blogs or class blogs at the end of the school year

This flowchart helps you decide what to do with student blogs at the end of the school year

The varsity yr is shortly coming to an end for a lot of of our readers in the Northern Hemisphere!

If in case you have college students with their very own blogs, you may be wondering what to do with the blogs at the end of the varsity yr.

There are a selection of options which we’ll undergo in this submit. We’ll additionally offer you some ideas for dealing with your class weblog.

Contents

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Widespread Situations With Scholar Blogs

When College students Need To Maintain Their Blog

Dealing With Scholar Blogs That Are Discontinuing

  • Do you have to delete a weblog?
  • Archive scholar blogs as an alternative of deleting them

Changing The Privateness Settings Of A Scholar Blog

Exporting A Weblog

Creating A Memento Of Scholar Blogs

Approaches Used With Class Blogs

  • Altering your class blog URL
  • Hiding content material from new college students
  • Easy methods to reuse previous posts
  • Eradicating e-mail subscribers
  • Updating your About page
  • Handing a class weblog over to a brand new instructor

Conclusion

Determination-Making Flowchart

This flowchart may assist you to determine what action you need to take together with your scholar blogs. Read on to seek out out precisely what you want to do.

Widespread Situations With Scholar Blogs

In a really perfect world, you’d be part of a school-wide program the place college students hold working on their blogs or digital portfolios as they progress by way of their faculty years.

This isn’t all the time the case and academics are often left with the choice of what to do with scholar blogs.

Typically, there are two important situations for the fate of scholar blogs:

  1. Students need to hold their blogs. If college students are too young, you’ll need a mother or father or instructor prepared to be an Administrator on their blog.
  2. Blogs must be archived or deleted. This is due to a mum or dad request, the scholar shifting faculties, faculty/district tips, or lack of adults prepared to oversee the scholar blogger.

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When College students Want To Maintain Their Blog

For college kids that need to hold their weblog you must contemplate who will monitor the blog. Or does somebody even have to? This is dependent upon the age of your college students.

Some academics are completely happy to proceed to help their bloggers who are not in their class although this will get troublesome in case you have many students.

Some academics arrange for folks to take over the duty.

Typically the instructor of the category the scholar might be shifting into is pleased to take over the duty.

You’ll have to work out what works greatest for you and your faculty group.

Asking Academics About Scholar Blogs

It’s perfect if a scholar can take their weblog with them once they move to a new class.

This is not all the time potential. The instructor may be unwilling to embark on a running a blog program. Or the scholar blog is perhaps related to a particular class that’s not persevering with (e.g. the weblog may need been used as a portfolio for a images class).

A superb first step is to seek out out whether there’s a instructor who might take over the weblog.

If there is a instructor who is prepared to attempt running a blog but not confident in their own talents, you may wish to direct them to our free self-paced Running a blog With Students course. Remind them that our help workforce can also be out there by way of e-mail 24/7.

If college students have been blogging for some time, little question they may help information their new instructor as properly!

Adding and removing academics assigned to scholar blogs

If a instructor is taking up duty for the scholar bloggers, then the students will need to be a part of the brand new instructor’s class utilizing My Class.

First, remove the students from your class

Go to My Class > Scholar Blogs in your class weblog dashboard and remove the scholar blogs from My Class.

You’ll discover the complete instructions to do that in bulk here.

Then have the scholars be a part of their new class

The new instructor might want to have a category weblog. It’s okay in the event that they aren’t going to be posting to the class weblog but they’ll need one to handle scholar blogs.

These instructions clarify how one can arrange a category blog utilizing My Class.

To hitch their new class, students might want to login to their scholar blogs and comply with the directions under:

1.  Login into your weblog dashboard.

2.  Go to My Class > Be a part of a Class.

 Join a class

three.  Search for your class weblog.

Search for class blog

4.  Click Send a request to hitch.

Click Request to Join
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Easy methods to hand a weblog over to a scholar

If a scholar needs to proceed blogging on his/her personal these are the steps it is best to comply with:

  1. Go to My Class > Scholar Blogs in your class weblog dashboard and remove the scholar blogs from My Class. You’ll find the complete directions to do this in bulk here.
  2. This also removes the Instructor from the scholar blog and the scholar mechanically turns into the Administrator of the weblog and is ready to proceed blogging.

Asking Mother and father About Taking Over Scholar Blogs

If there are not any academics who’re prepared to take over the weblog and the scholars are too young to continue running a blog with out help, ask the mother and father.

This may contain sending a letter or e-mail with clear decisions.

Here’s a sample letter you possibly can adapt in the event you like.

>>Click on right here to make your personal copy of this Google Doc

How you can hand a blog over to a mother or father

If a father or mother is comfortable to be an Administrator of their youngster’s weblog, these are the steps it is best to comply with:

  1. Go to the dashboard of the scholar weblog and go to Customers > Add Customers
  2. Add a username for the mother or father and add their e-mail tackle
  3. Choose ‘Administrator’ as the consumer position
  4. Click Add New Consumer
  5. The mother or father can be mechanically added to Users > All Users and can obtain an e-mail with their login details

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Dealing With Scholar Blogs That Are Discontinuing

There are a selection of the reason why a scholar blog could be discontinued when the varsity yr ends.

  • There isn’t instructor or mother or father help to proceed with the weblog
  • The scholar does not wish to proceed blogging and running a blog just isn’t a part of future courses
  • The scholar is shifting faculties or has completed faculty
  • There are faculty or district tips that must be followed

Do you have to delete a blog?

Until the dad or mum, scholar, or faculty completely demands scholar blogs be deleted, it’s higher not to delete the blogs.

A blog is part of a scholar’s journey; someday they could need to resume blogging or look back at their work.

Delete is DELETE. It’s unimaginable to undelete blogs.

Archive scholar blogs as an alternative of deleting them

In the event you archive a scholar blog, it stays on the internet as an ‘orphan weblog’ that’s not hooked up to a Instructor or Administrator.

That is the strategy we advocate to archive scholar blogs:

1.  Set up an Archive page in your class blog of all scholar blogs. You can name this page ‘Former college students’ or something comparable.

2.a.  Change each scholar’s consumer position to Subscriber so they can’t write any posts.

  • That is solely potential in case you are an Administrator consumer or Instructor on the scholar’s weblog
  • Go to the Dashboard of the scholar blog on the Users Tab. Choose the scholar’s username and click on on Change position to … Subscriber. Press Change.

Change student blogs to subscriber

2.b. Take away every scholar from their weblog so they can’t write any posts.

  • That is only attainable in case you are an Administrator consumer or Instructor on the scholar’s blog
  • Go to the Dashboard of the scholar weblog on the Users Tab. Hover over the scholar’s username, click on the Remove hyperlink and ensure the action.

3.  Disable the power for feedback to be added to present posts. 

  • Select ‘Routinely close feedback on articles older than 14 days” in Settings > Discussion of each scholar’s blog

lose comments older than 14 days

four.  Take away yourself from scholar blogs.

  • For those who’re utilizing My Class, you possibly can take away the scholar blogs out of your class in bulk by going to My Class > Scholar Blogs. You’ll discover the complete directions right here.
  • Should you’re not utilizing My Class, you possibly can remove yourself from a number of blogs utilizing the majority actions drop-down menu on your My Sites page. Discover the directions right here.

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Altering the privacy settings of a scholar blog

Whether or not a blog is going to be archived or is being handed over to a mum or dad, the mother and father might need for the privacy settings of a scholar weblog to vary.

For instance, the scholar may need had a public blog while it was lively but they’d now like it to be password protected.

There are 6 privateness options out there on the Edublogs and CampusPress network.

The primary public choice under the place websites might be indexed by search engines like google and yahoo is just out there for Edublogs Professional and CampusPress users to stop misuse by spammers.

Edublogs offers 6 privacy options
To vary the privacy settings, a Instructor or Administrator wants to enter the dashboard of the scholar weblog and go to Settings > Studying.

You possibly can learn more about privateness settings on this help doc.

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Exporting A Weblog

One of the nice issues about utilizing a WordPress based mostly blogging platform is the power to export your weblog.

You can save the export file for future reference or upload it to a brand new blog (e.g. on Edublogs, WordPress.com, or self-hosted WordPress).

Methods to export your blog

Go to Instruments > Export in your dashboard.

Go to tools -- export in the dashboard to export a blog

From here you simply need to pick all content material (or the content material you need to export) and click Download Export File. How to export your blog in your dashboard
Save the export file to your pc. You should use the file now or in the future to import into a new blog.

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Creating A Memento Of Scholar Blogs

When you don’t delete your scholar blogs they may stay on-line and act as a souvenir.

Nevertheless, if you’d like the scholar blogs in various formats you may create a PDF model using BlogBooker.

Under are the directions for turning your weblog right into a PDF with BlogBooker.

  • BlogBooker is a free software for exporting as much as 3 blogs with low-quality pictures.
  • You’ll be able to convert one yr’s value of content in case you’re creating a PDF.
  • Otherwise, it’s 6 months for Word document conversions.
  • You don’t want to sign up to make use of BlogBooker.

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Approaches Used With Class Blogs

When you’ve got a class blog, you may also be questioning what you must do. Maintain the weblog going with a new cohort of students? Begin a new weblog?

Many educators use the identical class weblog annually. You’ll get concepts on how they do this by taking a look at our class weblog record here.

Here’s a guidelines of what you may have to do to get your class blog ready for a new group of students. We clarify every step in detail under.

Get your class blog ready for a new group of students The Edublogger
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Changing your class weblog URL

Sometimes you’ll have conditions where it is advisable change the URL of your weblog.

You may need referred to as your weblog “UShistory2019.edublogs.org” and shifting ahead you may need to change the subject or yr talked about in your URL.

Sadly, it’s not attainable to vary your blog URL. Your only choice is to create a new blog together with your most popular blog URL and import the content material from an present blog into your new blog.

You possibly can change the title and tagline of your blog as typically as you would like. You do this by going to Settings > Basic in your dashboard.

Tip: When establishing a new weblog, avoid together with dates or topics which may change to provide your blog more longevity. 

Hiding content material from new students

You may need posts about lessons or models of work that you simply’d like to point out to your new college students in the future. You may like to cover these so college students can’t access them till you’re ready.

The simplest approach to disguise content material you don’t need the subsequent group of students viewing is to vary the posts to draft mode.

You can do this in bulk by following these steps:

  1. Go to your dashboard and click on on Posts
  2. Choose the posts you need to edit
  3. Choose Edit within the Bulk Actions drop-down menu
  4. Click on Apply

Bulk select posts to edit

Now you possibly can go to Status and choose Draft. Then press Replace.

bulk edit posts to change to draft

Methods to reuse previous posts

If you wish to re-use the identical submit without the previous comments you possibly can simply copy the content material of the submit into a new publish then publish it when ready.

A neater method to do that is by way of the Duplicate Publish & Pages plugin. It permits you to duplicate a submit or web page, including the title, contents, tags, and classes.

To activate the plugin, simply go to Plugins in your dashboard and search for the word ‘duplicate’.

Then click on Activate.

Screenshot of Duplicate post plugin

Utilizing the Duplicate Submit plugin, you possibly can easily turn an present weblog publish into a new draft. You’ll be able to publish the submit with or without amendments.

As soon as the plugin is activated, you’ll notice the option ‘New Draft’ seems underneath posts once you take a look at your lists of posts in Posts > All Posts.

The option to start a new draft will appear under posts

Discover out more concerning the Duplicate Posts & Pages plugin right here. It’s out there to both free and Edublogs Professional customers.

Eradicating e-mail subscribers

If in case you have set up an e-mail subscription on your class blog, you may need to remove the subscribers for the brand new yr (so mother and father aren’t alerted to posts a few new cohort of scholars).

You’ll be able to take away e mail subscribers by going to Subscriptions > Subscribers in your class blog dashboard.

You possibly can cancel subscriptions in bulk by:

  • Choosing the subscribers you need to cancel
  • Choosing Cancel subscriptions from the Bulk Actions drop down menu
  • Clicking Apply

Bulk remove email subscribers in your dashboard

Updating your About web page

An About page is a very necessary part of a weblog. It’s typically the first thing a brand new visitor will take a look at to seek out out who you’re and the place you’re from.

In case you’ve received a brand new group of scholars, don’t overlook to examine in case your About web page wants updating.

You will discover out more details about About pages in our Blogging With Students course.

Handing a category blog over to a brand new instructor

Should you’re leaving your faculty or need to hand your class blog over to a different instructor, right here’s what it is advisable to do:

  1. Add the instructor as a consumer to the weblog utilizing Customers > Add New. Listed here are the directions you’ll have to comply with
  2. Change the e-mail tackle in Settings > Basic to the new instructor’s e mail handle

Your class blog will now be ready for a new group of students!

Conclusion

For those who’re coming to the top of your first yr of running a blog with college students, the choice of what to do together with your scholar blogs or class weblog might sound overwhelming.

Don’t fear! Keep in mind, there are options.

Speak to your college students, mother and father, and leaders to determine what works greatest for you and your faculty group.

In case you need any further help, you’re welcome to contact our help group at any time.

Do you have got another advice coping with blogs on the finish of the yr?

Or perhaps you might have further questions?

Be happy to go away a remark under and we’ll get again to you.

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Further Reading

My Class: Scholar Blogs Made Straightforward

Totally different Approaches To Using Scholar Blogs And Digital Portfolios

Verify Out These Class Blogs

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Wondering what to do with your student blogs or class blog at the end of the school year? There are a number of options which we explain in this post.
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