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How to Set Up a Ning.com Account
How to Set Up a LearnerBlog
How to Submit a Web Review
How to post a Weekly Authentic with a picture.
How to Set Up a Bloglines Account
How to Put a Link into a Blog Post.
How to Put Talkr Podcasts on your Blog
How to Post your Weekly Authentic to Del.icio.us




How to set up a Ning.com Account (neccessary for writing book reviews):

What you will need:
  1. One browser window.
  2. An easily remembered user name and password.

How you do it:
  • Type http://www.ning.com into your browser URL field or click here.
  • Click the big green Sign-Up button or click here.
  • Fill in the fields on the left side of the screen.
    • You Ning ID is your username.
    • You can make up an e-mail address if you don't want to receive any e-mails from your ning.com account.
    • You do not need to upload a picture now.
    • You must retype the weird looking letters in order to get an account.
  • Skip the "Invite your friends" page.

Make sure you write your Username and Password down in your Password Manager document, which should be saved in your server folder.


How to Set Up a LearnerBlog (necessary for writing The Weekly Authentic):

What you will need:
  1. One browser window.
  2. A piece of paper that you don't plan on losing for at least a day.
  3. An easily remembered user name and password.

How you do it:
  • Type http://www.learnerblogs.org into the browser window.
  • Click on the K-12 School Students Start Here Button
    • Write your Username (one that has absolutely nothing to do with your name or nicknames)
    • Write your e-mail address in the following format: yourusername@mailinator.com (substituting your real user name for "yourusername")
    • On the next page it asks your for a blog title; Name your blog something that has nothing to do with your name or anything about you.
    • Uncheck the box that says it will list your blog in search engines like technorati.
  • Type http://www.mailinator.com into your browser window.
  • Wait 30 seconds.
  • Write your user name into the check e-mail field on the Mailinator page.
  • Open the e-mail that was sent by learnerblogs.org. It has your password in it.
  • Write Down your password and then Copy your password from the e-mail message you just received and paste it into the login box at learnerblogs.org. Please be sure to write this temporary password down on a sheet of paper that you know you will be able to find at home.
  • Once you are logged in to your learnerblog, you can change quite a few things, including your password.
  • With your headphones on, please watch the following 2 tutorials on exploring your LearnerBlog:
  • Log into your LearnerBlog with your temporary password and then click on your users tab.
    • Click on the "your profile" tab
    • Enter your new Password.
  • Change your password to something that you will remember more easily, something none of your friends will easily guess.

Make sure you write your Username and Password down in your Password Manager document, which should be saved in your server folder.


How to Submit a Web Review:

What you will need:
  1. One browser window.

How you do it:
  1. Type http://discoverywebreview.crispynews.com into your browser window or click here.
  2. Click the Submit News button on the left side of your screen.
  3. Fill in all of the appropriate fields:
    1. Make your title descriptive, but also interesting so people will want to click on it.
    2. Make sure you check your URL (the website address) twice to make sure you didn't enter it incorrectly. Even though it says optional, it isn't optional. Your URL is what will allow everyone else to access your web recommendation.
    3. You don't have to upload a picture, but if you do, it must be school appropraite or I will take it down.
    4. Please categorize your website the best that you can.
    5. Your "Editorial Summary" is your review. It should include answers to the following:
      1. Is the web site a good one? Why or why not?
      2. What is the most useful, fun, or interesting information you found on this web page?
      3. How did/will I use this information?
    6. Please enter in a Username for your name, one that I will recognize.
  4. Click the post button.


How to post a Weekly Authentic with a picture:

What you will need:
  1. Two browser windows.
  2. The following links:
    1. http://www.learnerblogs.org
    2. http://creativecommons.org
    3. http://www.everystockphoto.com
    4. http://morguefile.com/ (all images school-appropriate)

How you do it:
  1. Log-In to your LearnerBlog.
  2. Click on the "Write" Tab.
  3. Title your post and write your Weekly Authentic.
  4. When you are ready for a picture, use your second browser window to search at either Creative Commons, Morguefile, or Everystockphoto.
  5. When you find a picture that matches your post, either save it to the desktop or drag it into your post.
    • If you saved it to the desktop, you will need to upload it to your post. You do this by going back to your LearnerBlog browser window and clicking the browse button right below where it says "upload." It will bring up a window that will allow you to find the image that you want to put into your post. After it has uploaded, just drag and drop your image into your post.
  6. Resize the image to the size that you want and change the image settings (where it will show up on your blog) by clicking on the picture button in the edit bar.
  7. Post your Weekly Authentic or save it as a draft.


How to set up a Bloglines account:

What you will need:
  1. One browser window.
  2. This file downloaded to your desktop.

How you do it:
  1. Type http://www.bloglines.com into your browser window.
  2. Click on the "Sign-Up Now, It's Free" Button.
  3. Fill out your e-mail address and password. This site will never send you an e-mail except to confirm your account, so you may use your real e-mail address. (If you don't have a real e-mail address, please use a tempinbox.com or mailinator.com address.)
  4. Check your e-mail and follow the link in the message from bloglines.
  5. DO NOT subscribe to any of the recommended blogs. Simply click where it says "My Feeds" in the top left corner.
  6. Click the "edit" button right in-between "Add" and "Options"
  7. Delete the "Bloglines News" feed by clicking on it and then clicking on the trash can.
  8. Click the "Import Subscriptions" button on the bottom left of your screen.
  9. Browse for the file that you downloaded to your desktop (this one).
  10. Click the import button.
  11. Click on "My feeds" again and you should see all of the 2006-2007 Discovery Blogs. You can now delete or add any other blogs you want. This is your collection.


How to Put a Link into a Blog Post:

What you will need:
  1. One browser window (hopefully Firefox).
  2. One web address that you would like to link to.

How you do it:
  1. Log-In to http://www.learnerblogs.org with your User Name and Password.
  2. Click on the "Write" tab.
  3. Title your post and type out your content.
  4. When you are ready insert a link (you know where you want it to go in the post), highlight whatever text you want people to click on to take them to your linked web page.
  5. With the text still highlighted, click the button in the editing tools that looks like this: -()-. This will pop up a linking window.
  6. In the linking window type in the web address that you want your post to link to. If it is another learnerblog, type in http://username.learnerblogs.org (where "username" is the user name of the person you want to link to). If you want to link to a particular post, simply copy the address of that post from another browser window that has the post open and paste it into the linking window.
  7. If you have done everything correctly, the text that you wanted to be your link should turn blue and be underlined.



How to Put Talkr Podcasts on your Blog:

What you will need:
  1. One browser window (hopefully Firefox).
  2. The ability to copy and paste.

How you do it:
  1. Type http://www.talkr.com into your browser window.
  2. Click on the "Create a Free Membership" Button that looks like this: CreateMember.jpg
  3. Enter a fake e-mail address (but one that you will remember) and your regular password.
  4. When this screen comes up:Managefeed.jpg
    • Click on the "Here" right before it says "to manage your blog's feed."
  5. It will ask you to sign-up for a partner account now so that it can convert your blog into podcasts. Click on sign-up.
  6. Fill in fake information, like this:Fakeaccount.jpg
  7. Press the "Next" Button.
  8. Agree with the "Terms" and press "Submit."
  9. Type in your Learnerblog address and click "Add RSS feed," like this:RSSFeed.jpg
  10. It may give you an error message when you press the "Add RSS feed" button, but don't worry. It worked. If this happens simply go back and click on the Feeds button. After you have done this, your screen should look something like this:
    • TalkrAccount.jpg
  11. Click on the "Add a chicklet" link.
  12. Copy the first link you find in the form, as seen below:
    • Talkrlink.jpg
  13. Open a new browser window (apple-N) or tab (apple-T).
  14. Log-In to your Learnerblog.
  15. Click on the Blogrolls tab and then click "Add Link" as seen here:Blogroll.jpg
  16. Type in whatever you want your Talkr podcasting link to say into the "Name" field and then paste the link that we copied earlier into the "Address" field. It should look something like this:Addlink.jpg
  17. Click the "Add Link" button and you are done!


How to post your Weekly Authentic to Del.icio.us

  1. Type http://del.icio.us into your address bar or click on the previous link. (It is very important that you do not put the www in the front of this address.)
  2. Click on the login button in the upper right corner of the screen (shown here):Delicious_login.jpg
  3. Type in the Discovery Login information (User Name: weeklyauthentic; Password: discovery):
  4. delicious_login2.jpg
  5. Click "Post," just left of the middle of the page:deliciouspost1.jpg
  6. Open up a new window or tab, and go to your blog and click on the title of the post you want to count as your Weekly Authentic for this week.
  7. Copy the URL from the address bar and paste it into the form on the delicious site.
  8. deliciousposturl.jpgdeliciouspost2.jpg
  9. Click save.
  10. Enter in a description (with the title as the first few words), then reflect upon your Weekly Authentic. Ask yourself: Why did I write this piece, What did I learn by writing this post, What did I most enjoy about writing and thinking about this topic, What is something that I tried for the first time with this post, etc. Then tag your post with at least the following four things: Your_User_Name, Your_Core, Weekly_Authentic, and The_Current_Week_Number. (You must use underscores in order to put together more than one word in a tag.)
  11. deliciouspost3.jpg
  12. Click save, and you are done.