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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Posterous X Class Blogging

At Edcamp Boston, @dancallahan came up with the idea of creating a Posterous blog for the event that anyone in attendance could post to during the unconference.  Posterous is a perfect platform to have everyone and anyone post to a group, concept or project blog.

Posterous is the platform of choice for multiple authors on one blog.  When a new blog is created through Posterous a unique email address is created for that particular blog.  To post to the blog, individual authors simply need to log into their personal email account, compose a post & email their post to the Posterous blog email address.
*The email address for the blog is located on the blog 'Manage' page, just below each published post*

In additional to posting to the blog via email, Posterous offers a number of great features associated with email posting:
- the email subject is the blog post title
- attached documents will be automatically embedded within the blog post
- attached mp3 files will automatically be embedded in a Posterous audio player within the post
- embed codes from youtube videos included in the email will automatically be embedded in the post
- picture(s) that are attached will be embedded above the post in a slide show format

When setting up a new blog in your Posterous account, there is one adjustment that needs to be made in order to allow multiple people to post.
- Click on 'Settings' in the top right hand corner (looks like a gear)
- Scroll down to 'Commenting & Posting'
- Edit the settings to allow 'anyone can post, I will moderate'
As student emails are sent to the class blog, they will appear in the blog inbox and you can view and publish them as they are submitted.

If you are going to have multiple classes post to one blog, you may want to consider using a naming convention for student posts.  In the subject line of the email I use 'Class Period - First Name - Post Title'
As a follow up to posting, you can have students visit the blog, find a post from a classmate in their class period or from a different class period to read and post a comment.

Here is an example of a class blog my 9th graders have been contributing to based on an WWI vs War on Terror Project.  Small groups created podcasts & video projects as a group portion of the project & then everyone posted to the blog individually to reflect on the project or to share their personal thoughts on one specific topic from the group project.

1 comment:

  1. Creating epub with video and audio

    Check out edu.epubbud.com where epubs can be created and then shared by groups of students or downloaded to be used on iPad with iBooks app that supports multimedia.

    With Chrome, the epub with video and audio can be read online.

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