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How do I post and/or comment on Digital Chalkie?

First you need to register.

Do that here:
Be sure to fill out all the fields of your profile. Your display name should be your full name.

Now you can comment on the posts of other ‘digital chalkies’. If you include some details in your profile about your educational affiliations the webmaster it will make identification easy for the webmaster to update your membership status to “Author”. This will allow you to post topics to the front page.
Digital Chalkie uses a blogging system/CMS called WordPress. If you would like to learn how it works in more detail please look here:

How do I post to Digital Chalkie?

NB: WordPress claims to be as a easy as sending an email - more detailed tutorials are available here.
To make a post on Wordpress you need to follow these steps:
We recommend using a modern browser like Firefox or Camino when using the WordPress dashboard.

  1. Log-in and click on “Write” in the sidebar.
  2. Give the post a “Title”. Copy and paste the text you have written offline into the WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) editor.
  3. a). Click on the “Chain-icon” in the WYSIWYG editor to add a link.
    b). Click on the “Indent-icon” to add a quote you have pulled from somewhere else.
    c). To add an image you need to browse to the image on your hard drive using the upload tab below the post editing box. Then click on the “Image” (tree) icon in the WYSIWYG editor menu to add an image to the WYSIWYG editor.
  4. Go to the right hand sidebar and click on “Categories”. Select the category/ies that will file your post. You can add a category if your post doesn’t match any already listed.
  5. Click on “Save” to save a draft of the post, now scroll down to preview OR “Publish” to do just that: “Publish”.
  6. Click “View site” to check that the post loads correctly. If not go back in you browser OR navigate to the post to edit.

Please remember to include links, and allocate a category to the post; and images always help.

If you find your status has not been updated yet, you will need to contact the webmaster to have your subscriber privileges upgraded to “Author” status.

Here are five legitimate contenders for posts:

  1. - hyper links to new software or hardware that could enhance educational outcomes
  2. - a tutorial/how-to on any ICT related issue
  3. - a discussion on the role ICTs can play in education
  4. - an upcoming ICT PD or workshop promotion
  5. - links to educators/students work

Here are five illegitimate contenders for posts:

  1. - long self-promotional prose on educational theory
  2. - items that discuss fellow authors employers with disregard
  3. - blatant advertisements
  4. - blatant self promotion
  5. - flame-posts

The how-to page may be useful if you have never used the simple WordPress system of blogging.

Top 5 tips for making blog post:

  • make the words in the title short sharp and to the point
  • cram the interesting parts of the post into the first 100 words; clever PHP cuts these 100 words off so you want your readers to click onto the rest of the post
  • add hyperlinks to the text to allow readers to quickly get to points of interest
  • add images and screencaps up to 100k to grab readers attention
  • sign off on your posts with your name and a hyperlink to your own blog/school

Australian supporters have included Kim Flintoff, Brad Hicks, Terri Van Zetten, Rod Blitvich, Steve Adcock, Reg Whitely, Mark Weber, Richard Ure, Yvonne Harrison, Bryn Jones, Paul Fuller, Jenny Ashby, Cameron Bell, Anne Baird, and John Pearce. Our webcast discussions have also involved educators in North America and South East Asia. We were very excited to receive a nomination for best group blog in the 2006 Edublog Awards and hope to continue the open-dialogue that a group-blog provides.