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Bootcamp Week 10

The Glow Meet will be on Tuesday 5th May at 2pm instead of Monday.

Technical: Questions from the floor. Please email me any questions before the meet if you can.

Discuss: How are you going to maintain your blog. By now you have been blogging for at least 10 weeks, it might be a good idea to review how it is going. It is also a good time to think about how you will manage the blog longer term. Who will post? When will they have the time?

I would also like to collect some feedback on the bootcamp, I will probably send out yet another email next week with either some questions or a link to a survey.

Challenge: #ShareOurLearning
We have set up another blog:

The idea is to let class and school blogs share posts with each other by ‘sending’ some of their best posts to this blog.

This is how:
Create a new category or tag on your blog: shareourlearning
Make a post using that category or tag
Visit the page to join ShareOurLearning

And fill in the form, you will need the URL of your post.

I’ll add your blog into the mix. Whenever you have an interesting post that showcases what you are learning, categorize it shareourlearning, it will be cross posted to the #ShareOurLearning blog.

Once you are set up the cross posting happens automatically, it can take up to an hour to appear on the sharing blog.
Anyone trying to leave a comment on your post will click on the link and that will take them to your own blog.

This project is not limited to the bootcamp class blogs from around Scotland are invited to join in.

As usual get in touch if you have questions or need a hand.

Although the bootcamp is over I am always happy to talk about blogging:-)

Bootcamp Week 9

As usual the GlowMeet will take place at 2pm Monday afternoon 27th April

This weeks we are breaking from, technical, discuss, do pattern as there is not much tech involved.
If you are missing that you might like to check out the new Jetpack plugin, I’ve started a blog showing some of the features at:
There is more to come.

Discussion,: making connections, why would you want to. In what way will having partners and groups help you learn.

Challenge: We will look at Quad blogging and 100 word challenge
Our challenge this week is to take part in the 100wc

There is a requirement for class teachers to sign up before their class start submitting work.

You do NOT need to do this:-) 

I’ve contacted the organiser and have stood in as teacher for submissions from  Glow blogs.

What your pupils need to do is:

  1. Write a blog post responding to the challenge. (Remember to categorise it bootcamp.)
  2. Copy the url to their post.
  3. Use that url to fill in the form on the 100wc post, same link;

We have now had 9 weeks of the bootcamp, so next week will be the last one.

As always please get in touch if you have any questions or think I can help.

Bootcamp Week 8

As usual the GlowMeet will take place at 2pm this (Monday 20th April) afternoon:

The weeks program:

Technical Media: audio, video, embeds…

From the Glow Blog help, Adding Media: Download: Audio and Video MS docx | Audio and Video PDF


Why would you use, text, images, audio, video


Make posts using different media:
Create some media, Audio or Video about your learning, post it to your blog.
Find an interesting video on youTube or Vimeo and post that to your blog.

Notes: Clustermaps had some problems just after we suggested using the service. You need to go through the process of setting up an account again and replacing the code in the widget.

Sue,The Edublogger suggested we could add our blogs to their list:

Bootcamp Week 7

As usual the GlowMeet will take place at 2pm this afternoon:
The weeks program:

Technical Blogrolls AKA Link lists

We will look at how to add a link list to the side of our blogs.
Link lists can be used to provide links or sets of links for all sorts of purposes.

For class blogs they are particularly useful for linking to other classes that you may become involved with or giving your pupils quick access to resources for learning.


It is probably a good idea to start thinking about Community now.

Community is very important in blogging but less formal than in other online learning spaces.
Think about who your blogging friends are. Who you should have on your link role. With class blogging it can be very powerful to make informal links, usually via comments with other like minded bloggers. This can be local or at the other side of the world.


You can also find a list of the home page for each LA which in turn will list the 40 most recently updated blog here: Glow Blog Links


Here are couple of lists of blogs that are elsewhere in the world.

Some of the links will be dead by now, but some will still be active. The second list has some details about the classes involved

Blogging Challenge

Find some inspiration.
Visit some other class blogs, see if you can find something interesting that you could blog about or give a response to.

Blog about this, linking to the post that inspired.

Remember to categorise you posts bootcamp.

We will have a two week break from the bootcamp for the Easter holidays. After today the next week will begin: 20th April 2015

Bootcamp Week 5

We now have 50 blogs involved in the bootcamp. Together there has been over 320 posts made.

Technical Themes & Profiles

We will look at changing theme. You may not actually want to change themes on your blog, it can have major effects but the Glow meet and Video here will show you how.

Themes wp4 | Glow Blog Help
Themes PDF
Themes MS docx

We will look at changing the information on our profile. We can do a couple of useful things, change the name that or posts are attributed to and make our name a link to our own sites when posting comments.

User Profiles | Glow Blog Help
Glow Blogs Profile MS docx
Glow Blogs Profile PDF


Commenting, how does that differ from posting to your own blog?
You cannot edit your own comments.

Blogging Challenge

Make 3 posts, comment on 3 other post

  1. Share a photograph of your classroom. Explain about the different parts of it and how it is being used
  2. Publish some written work
  3. Publish some share writing
  4. Share your classroom rules or agreement if you have one
  5. Take a photo of a class display
  6. Make a gallery of some art work
  7. What’s your favorite sport and why?
  8. Write about the design of your favorite game
  9. Make a list: Reasons I did not do my homework, 10 bests things about my school, what makes a good computer game
  10. Write a book review
  11. Create a tutorial on how to do something
  12. Something else

Bootcamp Week 4



Plugins add functionality to your blog. We have only a few plugins available at the moment on Glow Blogs.
More information on Plugins wp4 on the Glow Blog Help where you can download Plugins MS docx or Plugins PDF


After using the blog for a few weeks it might be a good idea to think a bit abut how you want the blog to be updated. How this can fit into your classroom routine.

  • Whole Class, as shared writing, on a smartboard or screen
  • All the Class Individually, generates a lot of posts often similar…
  • Pairs, individuals, good idea to have a partner that checks sense, grammar and spelling (and typos;-)).
  • Have a rota

We need to remind ourselves that when blogging we are taking on some responsibility for how our class and school appears to the world.

Blogging Challenge

This week we want to use our blog to share a resource by posting about another useful internet site. We can use this post to practise posting screenshots and making links in our post.

Remember to categorize your posts bootcamp!


Bootcamp Week 3



Widgets are used to add features and functionality to the sidebar (usually) of your blog. Widget placement is dependent on themes.

Widgets on Glow Blog Help blog
Download: Widgets docx or Widgets PDF


Adding an image wp4 | Glow Blog Help
Adding an image to a post MS docx
Adding an image to a post PDF

You might want to find out about Galleries too: Adding an image gallery on the Glow Blog Help


Talk about why you should or could use images. How do they help communicate? What advantages to they bring? Discuss using images safely & legally, see the Finding Images post here for more information and some sources of images.

Blogging Challenge

A picture of learning This weeks Blogging Challenge

As part of #DigiLeanScot Week:

Blog photos of ‘a picture of learning’

What Does Learning look like in your class?

Remember to categorize your posts bootcamp!

Bootcamp Week 2

bullet_infoThis week we want to think about how we are ‘looking’. Both in theme of the blog’s appearance and in the impression we make to visitors.


Custom Header Image | Glow Blog Help
Downloads: Adding a Header MS docx |  Adding a Header PDF



After week one you might like to find out a bit more about categories and tags.


Have a discussion (with your class if you are working with a class) about the impression we make to visitors to our site. What do we want to look like? Is our content appropriate? Will it give a good impression of our class and school. Do we publish information that will put us at risk?

You could blog your about your discussion and remember categorise it bootcamp.


This weeks blog challenge is to blog a bio poem as an introduction to yourself or your class. (feel free to do this in another way if you can think of something more fun).

You could do this as a whole class or individually.

Here is a help sheet from readwritthink:

Bio Poem Help Sheet

Here is an example from 2007 on the class blog I was running:



Bootcamp Week 1

bullet_infoWeek 1 kicks off on Monday 16th of February 2015

Last Chance for  the Bootcamp week 1 Blogging Bootcamp Glow Meet 2mp Thursday 19 February.


The Main tasks for Week 1:

  1. Create a Blog, make it Public
  2. Make a First Post
  3. Categorise that post bootcamp.
  4. email me a link to the post:

This week we will have a GlowMeets on Monday 2pm, repeated on Tuesday 2pm and Thursday 2pm as some schools are on Holiday.

Blogging Bootcamp Glow Meet

The meeting room will be open for 10-15 minutes prior to  the meet. It should last 15-30 minutes.

I will also have the room open at 12-12:15 on Monday if you would like to make a test. Email me if another time would suit for a quick test and I’ll open the room them too.

Don’t worry if you can’t make any of the meets, the information here will be enough to get you going.

You can download the instructions an information as a word document or PDF:

Creating a Blog


Making your First Post

Other Activities for Week 1

Have a class discussion about what a blog is, what you think you are going to use your blog for. Blog about this, remember to tag it bootcamp.


Welcome to Blogging Bootcamp

Get started with a class blog or boost an existing one. Join in online from the 16th February, 10 weeks, or so of blogging fun and learning.

Sign up:
You can sign up in several ways, choose what is easiest for you, it doesn’t matter how you sign up.  Since the Bootcamp is now underway please email if you would like to join in.

Late to the party you can still join in

We need the following information:

  • Name of Teacher Involved
  • Contact E-mail address
    Your School and Where it is:
  • Your Class Age and Stage of the class that will take part. The bootcamp is aimed at class blogs, but open to others, let us know what kind of edu blog you have it is not a class blog.
  • Do you have an existing blog? We will give instructions and help about creating a blog in Week 1 of the bootcamp. NB this will be aimed at Glow users, but you are welcome to join in using another blogging service.
  • URL of existing Blog

The bootcamp will take you through creating a blog, adding features and a range of blogging activities. Classes will have the opportunity to link up with other glow blogs and the world wide blogging community.

Each week there will be ‘technical’ tips, blogging challenges and discussion points that can be carried out in your classroom and on your blog.

What you need: A Class, somewhere to blog (glow for example). No technical knowledge needed.

While most of the technical support will be aimed at glow users the bootcamp is open to any classroom.