Bookmarked When A Student Blogger Enters The World (The Edublogger)
This is the inspiring story of college student, Myles Zhang. Myles was introduced to blogging as a high school student and since then his online portfolio has grown and flourished.
Myles Zhang shares his experience of maintaining a digital portfolio:

There’s something equally powerful (and I feel democratic) about a simple web-link that opens up a world of information to anyone in the world. I feel that the world is becoming increasingly digital. Building and managing my website (several, in fact) has hopefully helped prepare me to more actively contribute to this digital world.

Although he touches on the what associated with an authentic audience and the how linked to blogging, the most powerful message in this post is the why. What Zhang highlights is the personal nature of such a project. Although we may want to dictate to everyone to do a particular thing, the individual interests much not be forgotten.

Replied to A Beginner’s Guide To Google Photos by Sue Waters (The Edublogger)
Google Photos is an excellent free solution for storing, organizing, and sharing photos and videos. Let's get you started with this step-by-step beginner's guide!
Thorough as always Sue. I have touched on Photos in the past, my only concern relates to where it sits within Google. It is not a part of the core suite of apps, therefore if you are to use it with students you should really get signed consent first?
Bookmarked Blog Case Study: Student Run Newspaper by Kathleen Morris (The Edublogger)
A student run newspaper is one type of blog that can offer many advantages for students. This post showcases an impressive newspaper run by the students at Zurich International School in Switzerland (ZIS).
The Lion’s Journal is another example of a collaborative production to add to the many faces of blogging.
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@dogtrax been poking around for a bit and can’t figure out any way to add the #IndieWeb plumbing to @edublogs. You could (and should) manually put an h-card on your home page, but since @edublogs do not provide users with the freedom of adding plugins to WordPress you won’t be able to add any of the cool webmentions or have post marked up with h-entry to allow you to play.
I have been wondering about this for a while. My thoughts were whether you could bake the code into the HTML of the post. Obviously though without the appropriate piping associated with rel=me and Bridgy it isn’t going to work.

I wonder what would be involved in making it work? They have added plugins before, what would an IndieBlogs plugin look like? My concern is that this might mean for primary aged blogs?

I see real prospect for something like Micro.Blogs in schood, but again there is the issue around Rel=Me.

I imagine that until it is built into the core then it will be a hard ask.

Bookmarked Different Approaches To Using Student Blogs And Digital Portfolios by Kathleen Morris (The Edublogger)
I have observed differences in how student blogs work in a variety of areas. There appears to be a spectrum in at least six key areas
Kathleen Morris provides a series of steps to follow when setting up blogs in the classroom. She also created a graphic to capture this:

Having said this, she is also mindful that every school has its own context and exists at a different point on the continuum of six aspects: duration, privacy, content, reflection, quality and control.

Bookmarked 10 Tips For Making Your Blog Posts Easier To Read by Kathleen Morris (The Edublogger)
Here are ten tips for making your blog posts easier to read.
Kathleen provides ten tips:

  1. When it comes to writing online, paragraph structure is more of an art than a formulaic science.
  2. Professional bloggers generally opt to use larger sized fonts now as it enhances the readability of online text.

  3. Heading tags not only enhance your blog post visually but help organize the content of your blog. This helps search engines like Google scan and categorize your information.

  4. Most writers know the value of bullet points. Listicles, or posts with numbered lists, are hugely popular too (hey, this whole blog post is a listicle!).

  5. From a visual point of view, hyperlinks or bold words are another good way to make key pieces of information in your post stand out. It draws you in when you’re skimming or scanning the page.

  6. Breaking up your text with some visuals can definitely make your blog posts easier to read.

  7. If you do use color, remember to be consistent

  8. Left aligned text is best

  9. If you want visitors to be reading your blog posts, you probably don’t want them distracted by too many widgets on your sidebars. Furthermore, excess widgets can slow down the loading time of your blog.

  10. You might not realize that vision impaired visitors to your site may be using assistive technology like screen readers or other software which reads the page out loud. This software will read the alternative text (alt text) instead of the image.

Personally, the headings was only a recent realisation, with Tom Woodward even going to the length of removing H1 as an option, while Amy Burvall talks about developing a palette involving two core colours.