Adding a YouTube Video

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You can embed a YouTube video yourself easily via a simple copy and paste.
Here is how you would do this:

  1. copy the CODE from the box below
  2. open your blog post (in edit mode) in which you want the video
  3. then click HTML on the right top
  4. put the cursor after the text where you want your video
  5. paste
  6. now replace the URL in the text that you just pasted with the URL of YOUR video
  7. publish / update

Google Maps in the Classroom

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Here is an example of an Elementary School teacher using Google Maps  in their classroom to bring to life Pedro’s Journal, a classroom lit study. Imagine adding this to your blog so your students can continue the conversation at home with their parents or simply access the information from home to foster curiosity and exploration.

Some notes:

  • This map was found by a simple Google search “Google maps education
  • With merely a copy/paste, it was added to this post (i.e. you can do the same!)
  • While you can create your own Google Map, there is a lot of content already out there ready for you to discover

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Adding a Picture or Two

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Adding a picture to your blog post might be confusing so we thought to give you the step by step process.

Hint: You can click the images to enlarge them.

Once you have started to write your blog post, you easily add a picture to make it look better or perhaps to illustrate something. Lets assume you have the blog post open in edit mode, then the next thing you do is click this icon. (see image highlight)

(step 1) A new window will popup where you will get the choice to add the media (image or video) by either uploading an image from your computer, by adding it via URL (if the image is already somewhere on the web) or from this website’s library (images that you have uploaded before). We will step through the process of uploading from your computer as this is likely the most common. On the window that popped up you will see a button with the text “select files” Click it… (see image highlight)

(step 2) Now a windows has popped up that allows you to browse your computer folders. Browse to the image you want to insert, select it, and then click open. At this point the image will be uploaded to the webserver so it can be inserted in your blog post. Once this completes a new window pops up that allows you to truely insert this image. Now before you do this you can still add some more info about this image. If you were to type something in the box “capture” it would add this as an image description below the image. This is not required. You also get to specify how big the image will be that you insert. Thats right, even if you uploaded a large image you can still size it smaller in your blog post. The width of a blog post will support an image of 670 pixels wide, but because modern cameras take pictures with much more definition (pixels) it might be wise to reduce the size before you upload them. There is no need to upload much larger pictures, and it just takes longer to upload them. (the maximum size btw in MB is 8 MB however images larger then 5MB sometimes give trouble)

(step3) Now lets get back to the window that popped up after the image was succesfully uploaded. The size you can pick by selecting

  • Thumbnail – a cropped image of exactly 150 by 150 pixels
  • Medium – a resized image by which the maximum width or height is 300 pixels
  • Large – a resized image by which the maximum width or height is 670 (this is the full width of a blog post)
  • Or Full size –  don’t select this if your image is larger than 670 wide … It will not fit the blog post

Besides sizing your image you also have to define how it will be displayed in relation ship to the text surrounding it. This is done by selecting the allignment. When you are all done then you can click “Insert into Post”  (see image highlight)

Repeat this for as many pictures as you want to insert.

Some other noteworthy things about images…

  • when you insert an image the reader will have the option to click it to see the full size image that you uploaded. (as you saw when you clicked on the images in this blog post)
  • if multiple images were inserted the reader can flip through all full size images by using the arrows in the full size image pop-up
  • If you made a mistake you can re-open the blog post and edit it. You can even resize the images, and even reduce them more by a percentage if needed. (simply click the image when in edit mode)
  • when you insert multiple images in a post the image window that pops up when inserting images will also have a tab named gallery. This allows you to work with all the images that you inserted in the post.

Finally, please let us know if this helped you or if you found an error in this help document. Or simply to let us know if something is not clear, this way we can edit this post to make sure it becomes as clear as possible for all. The best way to let us know this is by adding a comment below this post. Try to be as clear as possible so we can attempt to help you. If you simply want to let us know that this helped you we would also like to know. 😉

Step by Step Writing Your First Blog Post

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A simple 5 step guide to writing your first blog post.

Hint: You can click the images to enlarge them.

Login to Write

To be able to write a blog post you have to be signed in. (This is a good thing otherwise everybody would be able to write on your blog) We have created a username that you already use and that is easy to remember. It is the same one that you use for email. If your email address is then JohnS would be your username. While we initially gave you your password we would strongly encourage you to change this. Hint change it to the same password that you use for email that way it is easy to remember. To login you click 

Add New / Post

Now that you are signed in you see a welcoming page confirming that you have signed in. This page also tells you that    the WordPress tool bar now shows up above the website (at the very top / see the image on the welcoming page) On this toolbar you find + New  Click this and then click post.


At this point a page opened up where you can start writing. It is just like working with Microsoft Word. You can style your text, similar as in word, by highlighting the text, and then selecting the style. The common styles, like paragraph, heading 1, heading 2 etc. you find by clicking the dropdown arrow next to the word paragraph. Just like in Microsoft Word, in fact if you copy text from Word it will retain the same styling you used there. More details about styling and your post can be found here.

Save Draft / Publish

Once you are done you should put a check inside whichever Category is appropriate.  For most of you, you will have just one category but for those that have a team blog as well as a personal blog you would have the options to select either one or both. You can now click Save Draft or Publish. Publish means that it will be made accessible in what ever blog (category) you checked. If instead you clicked “Save Draft” it is not yet accessible on the site but it is only accessible to you or in the case of a team blog to the members of your team.


Tags are optional and allow readers on the site to follow a theme. For example if you and several other colleagues wrote about the “science fair” than if you all tagged it “science fair” a reader on the site could quickly see all the posts about the science fair (from different blogs)  if he clicked the tag “science fair”. You can add as many tags as you like and you could even pick these tags from the most used tags.