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General FAQ

  1. What is required to use this App?
  2. How to write a new post
  3. How to write a new page
  4. How to format your post using the format bar
  5. How to add a link
  6. How to add a photo from your library to a post
  7. How to take and add a photo to a post
  8. How to add a video from your library to a post
  9. How to record and add a video to a post
  10. How to save a post draft
  11. How to password protect a post
  12. How to schedule a post to publish at a later date
  13. How to edit a post
  14. How to delete a post
  15. How to manage, edit and approve comments
  16. How to reply to a comment
  17. How to view your blog
  18. How to access your dashboard
  19. How to manage your different blogs

Student Blogging FAQ

  1. How to manage your student blogs
  2. How to approve pending posts on student blogs
  3. How to approve moderated comments on student blogs

Screenshots used in this documentation are from an android tablet.

This app works the same on android smartphone except you use a slider to show/hide areas of the app.


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What is required to use this App?

The App works with:

  1. Any device that is running android 2.2 or greater.
  2. Any type of Edublogs.org blogs (free, upgraded student blogs and Pro blogs) or Edublogs Campus blog.


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How to write a new post

1.  Tap on Posts.

Tap on posts

2.  Tap on the ‘+‘ sign.

Tap on + sign

3.  Add your title, tags, categories and content.

Add title and content

4.  Tap Send to publish the post or follow these instructions to save as a draft.

Tap on send

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How to write a new page

Writing a new page is exactly the same as writing a post except you tap on Pages and then tap on the ‘+’ sign.

Tap on pages

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How to format your post

The App’s post/page editor uses a HTML editor.

It adds a format bar to the top of your keyboard and you use the formatting buttons on this format bar to format your post.

When you highlight some text, and tap on a formatting button it wraps the text within the proper HTML tags.  The HTML tags control how your text is displayed when your post is published.

For example, if you tap on bold icon it wraps your text in the HTML tags that tell it to make  your text bold and will look like this:

If you don’t select any text, both the opening and end tag will be inserted and the cursor placed in the middle of the tags.  All you need to do is type your text with the tags to apply the formatting.

Don’t stress about the HTML code you see as you write your post.  You quickly learn what it means!

To use you just:

1.  Write your post.

2.  Highlight any text you want to format.

3.  Tap the appropriate formatting button in the format bar to apply.

Here’s an example of what the formatting looks like in the post/page editor.

Formatting text

Here’s an example of how the formatting looks when the post is published.

Published post

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How to add a link

To add a link to your post you just need to:

1.  Write your post.

2.  Highlight the text you want linked to the website.

Select text

3.  Tap on the link button in the format bar.

Tap on link

4.  Add the Link URL and tap Insert.

Add the link

5.  Here is what it will look like:

Link example


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How to add a photo from your library

1.  Write your post.

2.  Tap on Camera icon.

Camera icon

3.  Tap on Select a photo from gallery.

Tap on gallery

4.  Tap on the photo you want to use.

Tap on photo

5.  The photo is added to your post.

Photo in a post

 

6.  You can edit the image information by tapping on the image in your post.

Editing image information

7.  This launches the Image Setting screen that allows you to add a caption, adjust the size of the image and use as a featured image.

Editing image settings

8.   The HTML code for the photo you added when you edit a post looks like below.

Photo code


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How to add a photo by taking a photo

1.  Write your post.

2.  Tap on Camera icon.

Camera icon

3.  Tap on Take a new photo.

Tap on gallery

4.  Take your photo by tapping on camera icon.

Take a photo

5.  Tap on Save or Discard (to take photo again).

Use photo

6.  The photo is added to your post.

Photo in post

7.  You can edit the image information by tapping on the image in your post.

Tap on image

7.  This launches the Image Setting screen that allows you to add a caption, adjust the size of the image and use as a featured image.

Edit image settings

8.   The HTML code for the photo you added when you edit a post looks like below.

HTML Code


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 How to add a video from your library to a post

1.  Write your post.

2.  Tap on Camera icon.

Camera icon

3.  Tap on Select a video from gallery.

Tap on gallery

4.  Locate the video you want to use and then tap on the video to add.

Tap on video

5.  When added to your new post it will look like this.

Example of video in draft

6.   When you tap Send to publish the post it will take awhile for the video appear uploaded to your published post depending on the size of the video.

Be patient — it can take several minutes for your video to appear!

The post will show a local draft status while it is uploading:

Video uploading

And here is what the post looks like once the video has uploaded:

Post after video has uploaded

Please note:

  • Maximum video file upload size is 32 MB
  • Videos are embedded in your post as a link that says “Click to view video
  • When you click on “Click to view video” it will take awhile for the video to start playing — time taken depends on the size of the video and your Internet Connection speed.
  • To embed your video within a player we recommend you upload your videos to a video sharing website such as YouTube, Vimeo or SchoolTube.

7.   The HTML code for the video you added when you edit a post looks like below.

HTML code

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How to record and add a video to a post

1.  Write your post.

2.  Tap on Camera icon.

Camera icon

3.  Tap on Take a new video.

Tap on gallery

4.  Tap on Record and record your video.

Tap on Record

5.  Tap on Save or Discard (to take video again).

Tap on Save

6.  When added to your new post it will look like this..

Video in a draft post

6.   When you tap Send to publish the post it will take awhile for the video appear uploaded to your published post depending on the size of the video.

Be patient — it can take several minutes for your video to appear!

The post will show a local draft status while it is uploading:

Local draft as video uploading

And here is what the post looks like once the video has uploaded:

Video in published post

Please note:

  • Maximum video file upload size is 32 MB
  • Videos are embedded in your post as a link that says “Click to view video
  • When you click on “Click to view video” it will take awhile for the video to start playing — time taken depends on the size of the video and your Internet Connection speed.
  • To embed your video within a player we recommend you upload your videos to a video sharing website such as YouTube, Vimeo or SchoolTube.

7.   The HTML code for the video you added when you edit a post looks like below.

HTML Code


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How to save a post draft

You save a post as a draft if you want to save your post and aren’t ready for it to be published.

1.  Write your post.

2.  Tap on Publish under Status.

Tap on publish

3.  Tap on Draft.

Tap on draft

4.  Status will now change to draft.

Status changed to draft

5.  Tap Send to save your draft post.

Tap on send

6.  You will see draft status next to your post and can edit it at any time by tapping on the Edit icon.

Draft Status

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How to password protect a post

1.  Write your post.

2.  Add your password where it says Password (optional) — just below publish immediately.

Go to the password field

It should look like this when you add your password:

Add your password

3.  Tap Send to publish your post.

Tap on send

4.  When you view your post it will look like this and readers need to enter their password to view the post.

A password protected post

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How to schedule a post to publish at a later date

1.  Write your post.

2.  Tap on Edit next to publish time/date.

Tap on Edit

3.  Tap on the date you want to publish the post on and then tap on Set.

Set the date

4.  Select the time you want the post to publish and then tap on Set.

Set time you want it to publish

4.  Tap Send to schedule your post.

Tap on send

5.  You will see scheduled status next to your post and can edit the scheduled date/time at any time by tapping on the Edit icon.

Scheduled post

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How to edit a post

1.  Tap on Posts.

Tap on posts

2.  Tap on the post you want to edit.

Tap on post

3. Tap on Edit.

Tap on Edit

4.  Make your changes then tap on Send to update post.

Tap on send

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How to delete a post

1.  Tap on Posts.

Tap on posts

2.  Tap on the post you want to delete.

Tap on post

3. Tap on Trash.

Tap on Edit


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How to manage, edit and approve comments

 To bulk edit comments:

1.  Tap on Comments.

Tap on Comments

2.  Select the comments you want to manage.

Tap on Comments

4.  Now all you need to do is tap on Approve, Unapprove, Spam or Delete.

  • Approve – publishes the comment to your blog
  • Unapprove – removes the comment from your blog
  • Spam – removes the comment from your blog and places it in your spam folder
  • Delet – removes the comment from your blog and sends it to your trash folder where it is automatically deleted after 30 days.

Choose your comment option

To manage or edit a comment:

1.  Tap on Comments.

Tap on Comments

2.  Tap on the comment you want to manage.

Tap on the comment

3.  Now all you need to do is tap on ApproveUnapprove,  Trash, Spam, Edit or Reply.

  • Approve – publishes the comment to your blog
  • Unapprove – removes the comment from your blog
  • Trash – removes the comment from your blog and sends it to your trash folder where it is automatically deleted after 30 days.
  • Spam – removes the comment from your blog and places it in your spam folder
  • Edit – opens the comment into edit mode where you can edit comment content
  • Reply – opens reply where you can reply to a comment directly from inside the App rather than directly on your blog.

Comment options

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 How to reply to a comment

1.  Tap on Comments.

Click on Comments

2.  Tap on the comment you want to reply to.

Click on Comment

3.  Tap on Reply button.

Comment options

4.  Type your reply and then tap Send Reply.

Tap on Send reply

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How to view your blog

Tap on View Site.  

Tap on View

This loads your blog so you can view inside the app or you can use the link to open it in Safari.

View blog


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How to manage your different blogs

You can manage more than one blog using the App.

To change which blog you are accessing inside the App you just tap on the blog title in the drop down menu.

For example,  currently the app is connected to Mrs W and Room 13 Bloggers dashboard.

Changing blogs
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How to manage your student blogs

You can manage all your student using the App.

To change which blog you are accessing inside the App you just tap on the title of the blog.

For example,  currently the app is connected to Jess’s Blog.

Changing blogs


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How to approve pending posts on student blogs

1.   Tap on the title of s student blog.

Tap on student blog title

2.  Tap on Posts.

Tap on posts

3.  Tap on the pending post.

Tap on pending post

5.  Tap on Edit (and make any changes if necessary).

Tap on Edit

6.  Read the post and make any changes

7.  Change post from Pending Review to Publish.

Change publish status

 

8.  Tap on Send to publish post.

  • Leave post as pending review or draft mode if you want the students to make further edits.  If you have student blogs set to all posts must be moderated the students can’t edit any published posts. 

Tap on send


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How to approve moderated comments on student blogs

Tap on the title of the Student blog with comments waiting to be approved and go to Comments.

Tap on student blog title

Follow the instructions here to approve the comments.