Thousands of teachers keep informal blogs in which they share their stories of practice everyday. At Edufolios we’re all about letting those stories out and sharing them with the world. It turns out that, some of you didn’t always want to tag those stories and add them to your evidence. So, we’ve recently added a new option to our platform. The “blog” feature in Edufolios now means that you can share your stories in a more informal manner and choose to move them to evidence later – if you like! Here’s how you can access and setup the “blog” section of your Edufolio.
Adding a Blog feature to your Edufolio
- Log into your Edufolio
- Click the Customise your Edufolio button
- Choose the Menu option on the left hand side.
We’re going to add the blog to the navigation bar at the top of your Edufolio.
- Click the Header Navigation Menu. You’ll be shown a list of pages and links. These represent what is currently in your main menu. We’re going to click the add items button and select Pages
- In the text field add the word “Blog” and click the add button. You will see a new item added to the list on the left called “Blog”.
- You can drag and drop that item anywhere in the list. A preview of it’s current location, in the menu, will be shown on the right hand side of your screen.
- Click Save and Publish – That’s it! You’ve got a blog inside your Edufolio
Adding Blog Posts
Adding a blog post is exactly the same as adding an evidence post. All you have to do to have it appear on the Blog page is NOT choose any standard or focus areas. Any published evidence post which does not have standards or focus areas attributed to it, will be classified as a Blog post and listed on your blog page. It will not, as a result, be accessible via the clickable standards or focus area tag cloud.
Thoughts on using the Blogging Option
Although we can understand the desire for a different kind of space, when I created Edufolios, I quickly realised that pretty much everything I wrote about covered at least one standard. As a result, my original blog, teachertechnologies.com rarely sees new content – It’s all on my edufolio now! Be selective when thinking about whether what you’re writing can be used as evidence or not.
If you’re going to be writing about your practice, you are inherently going to meet some of the standards as you go. Everything we do as a teacher meets at least one (often many) of the standards and their focus areas. If you can, make sure you take the time to tag that kind of reflection and add your writing to your portfolio of evidence. Not everything you write has to be used as an assessment piece. But, we do think it’s wise to get the most out of what you do.
If you’re planning on grabbing PD hours through reflecting and journalling your practice then you’re still going to have to choose the standards that you’re covering. In this case, make the evidence work harder for you by tagging the standards and focus areas.
How are you going to decide what’s a blog and what’s a piece of evidence? What tips can you share?