Here are some important tips for choosing student usernames, student blog URLs and blog titles.
- Never use full names for students.
- Use only their first name or a pseudo name and apply this rule to their username, blog URLs, blog titles, any photos (including file names), documents, comments.
- Educate their family so they are aware of your policies and encourage family to leave comments such as Matt’s mum or Samantha’s nana.
Use only lowercase letters and numbers, with no spaces, in usernames.
Your student’s username is what they use to sign into their dashboard and is displayed on posts and comments they write.
Most teachers don’t allow students to use first and last name online and model this using display names like Miss W or Mrs. Waters for their own name and display names like Misty for their student name.
It is common to use the same name for both the student’s username and blog URL. Keep both simple and easy for the student to remember. For example, username mistybp16 and blog URL mistybp16.edublogs.org.
Most use a combination of their student’s first name followed by numbers that might represent the year, class number and/or school initials. Not including their last name protects the student’s privacy and combination of letters and numbers ensures their username is unique.
If you want the students to use the blog for their entire school life then use a combination of letters combined with a number that represents the year they started school or are finishing school.
Blog Domain Tips
During the creation of a blog you have to select a blog domain for it — this is the blog URL. When you want others to visit the student blog you share URL link for your student blogs.
Educators normally use the same name for both the student’s username and blog URL. Keep them simple and easy for the student to remember. For example, username mistybp16 and blog URL mistybp16.edublogs.org.
Check out the naming convention used for student blogs attached to these class blogs:
Blog domain can’t be changed once created and you need to create a new blog if you want to change the URL.
Blog Title Tips
The blog title is one of the first things a reader sees when visiting a blog.
We recommend that you keep the Student’s first name as the first part of the blog title if you are using My Class to make it easier to identify each specific student’s blog.
The blog title can be changed any time via Settings > General in the student blog dashboard.