Thursday, February 10, 2011

Using Blogger safely in the classroom

Blogger is an awesome tool for a lot of classroom projects - the uses are almost endless.

However, Blogger does have a navigation bar at the top of the web page ... this built-in search bar can, unfortunately, lead students to inappropriate websites.

This Warrior Rookie page doesn't have the nav bar; nor does my classroom website.

I simply removed it: Here's how -

1- Log into blogger

2- On your Dashboard, select Layout. This will take you to the Template tab. Click Edit HTML.

3 - Now, copy this code below (highlight, control C)

#navbar-iframe {
display: none !important;
}
4. Find this code - near the top in the HTML view.
-----------------------------------------------
Blogger Template Style
Name: Rounders
Designer: Douglas Bowman
URL: www.stopdesign.com
Date: 27 Feb 2004
Updated by: Blogger Team
----------------------------------------------- */
5. Paste in the code right below this section. Hit preview - if the nav bar is gone, it worked!

Hit save.

Now your Blogger is a safe and effective tool for use in schools ... still, see your school acceptable use policy and talk with your tech facilitators to make sure you are adhering to appropriate guidelines!

Happy Blogging!

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