I have discussed the benefits of blogging with Global2, as well as some of the intricacies, including modifications, student blogging and using images. However, one of the obvious things that I have overlooked is how to actually sign up and start a blog. So here it is …
The first thing that you need to do is sign up to Global2. In addition to choosing a username, you will need to use an education-based email. If issues occur, you may need to contact the team at Edublogs to get the email domain added to the safe list.
Create a Blog
Once you have signed up, you can create a site. This can then be used as a class blog. A few things to consider is your choice of URLs. For example, for my Year 7 ICT class, I use b7ict.global2.vic.edu.au. Note, this is different to the title.
Another choice you will have to make is whether you make it open and closed. There are a range of options and it needs to be remembered that this can be changed at a later date by going to Settings > Reading. It can be good to start restricted to users only, but this has its limits.
It needs to be noted that you could create student blogs from here. However, I feel it can be best to start in the one space and use categories and custom menus to separate different voices in the one space.
Add Student Users
The next step is to add students. It is important to think about their usernames as it will need to be something they will remember. In addition to this, they will need emails. Just as with teacher blogs, these emails will need to be education-based. My solution was adding a ‘b’ at the start of each of the email usernames so as to be consistent.
Decorate the Space
The last step is adding your own touch to the space. It is like setting your room up at the start of the year. One suggestion to make things better is to activate the Edit Flow plugin. This allows for better editorial options to support students.
For my information, visit the Edublogger blog for various tips and tricks. While if you are interested in digging deeper, maybe enroll with the free course on blogging with students. See this list for different examples of educational blogs.