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Adding A Clustermap Widget

Update April 2015: shortly after we published this, clustermaps had some problems, you need to set up a new account to get your maps going again. The process has not changed.

Here is a short screencast on how to add a clustermap widget to your blogs sidebar. This will let you see how many visitors you have had and where they come from.

You can embed the video from this page on another Glow Blog using this code:
[video width="640" height="400" mp4="" poster=""][/video]


How to add a cluster-map:

  1. Copy the URL to your blog
  2. Go to
  3. Paste the URL into the url field and fill in your email address
  4. Submit the form
  5. Check your email and activate your account
  6. Check your mail for a second message and copy the new password.
  7. Log on to clustermaps
  8. Select the [B] Minimalist style of code
  9. Copy the code.
  10. Return to your blog. Add a text widget to your sidebar, paste in the code and save.

Finding Images

Lost Boots by Phil.Renaud Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

This came up during the week 2 GlowMeet.
Looking for images for your blog leads you into a potential minefield of copyright.
There are many images on the internet that you can use but that come with certain conditions. These conditions may include things like you can use but not edit, or that you must attribute.

Attribution is quite tricky, it means that you must give credit to the photographer and also respect the rest of their conditions. In the example about, I’ve not edited the picture (NoDerivs), I am not making money on this blog(NonCommercial) and I am attributing and linking back to the owner.

This is pretty difficult for adults and more so for younger pupils.

You have three choices:
Use only your own images. This gives lots of opportunities for creative photography.
Use images that do not need attribution, public domain ones.
Use creative commons and similarly licensed phptoas and learn to attribut.

Here are a few of the many sites that will help you find images you can use. free stock photos No attribution needed.
Pics4Learning | Free photos for education Pics4Learning is a safe, free image library for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos & images for classrooms, multimedia projects, websites, videos, portfolios, or any projects in an educational setting. Instructions given on each image page on how to attribute.
Flickr: The Commons and just using the flickr search tools and filtering for creative commons images. There are lots of tools that help you search flickr: my own is A flickr CC search toy
which allows you to download an image ‘stamped’ with attribution (see the example below). This avoids the need to manually attribute but in no use for headers where you crop the image.
Free Images: Where To Find Royalty Free Stock Photos For Your Blog – Mini-Guide, Part 1 A lot of different sources listed together.
Pexels · Free high quality stock photos Many dfo not need attribution CC0
Open Collections | OpenGLAM All collections provide digital scans or photos that can be freely used without any restrictions. We first list the datasets that are completely in the Public Domain: below that we list the sets that are licensed under an open Creative Commons license (CC-BY/CC-BY-SA). The sets within each list have been ordered alphabetically.



comment_addComments allow other people to comment on your posts.
You can:

  1. Turn comments off
  2. Let anyone comments
  3. Moderate comments

We recommend that you do not let anyone comment without moderation.

You can control which comments go for moderation. When you set up your blog it is set so that Comment author must have a previously approved comment. I usually add Comment must be manually approved so that I can approve all comments. Comment settings are in Settings-> Discussion in the dashboard.

Pupils cannot see or approve unmoderated comments.

Comments Help PDF Version
Comments Help MS docx Version

Making Comments

Making comments on other blogs is a good way of making connections with other people and classes.

When you are making a comment on a glow blog and you are logged into that Glow Blogs LA your name will already be filled in in the comment box.

You might like to logout so that you can fill in the URL back to your blog. This allows the owner of the blog you are commenting on to find your blog.