Making Blog Posts Private

Are you wanting to hide the previous school year’s posts on your class blog?  Well, here you are the steps to make that happen.

Log into the Dashboard of your blog.


Click All Posts on the left side menu.

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Check the box next to Title right above your post listings. This selects all of the posts on that page (roughly 25 posts).

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Change the Bulk Actions box to Edit.

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Click Apply.

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On the right side of the box that popped up, you will see an option to change Status. Change that to Private.

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Click the Update button on the right.

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You will need to advance to the next page at the bottom of your post listing and repeat the process above if you have more than 25 posts to hide.

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FYI: You can make previous posts public again by click the box next to that post only, and then follow the steps above. Instead of checking Private, check Published.





Embed a YouTube Video Into Your Blog

Go to the video you want on YouTube.

Under the video you will see a Share button. Click that.

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A new little menu pops up that has Share, Embed, Email.

Click Embed.

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Under the Embed code, click Show More.

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Change the Video Size to Custom Size.

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In the first box next to that, type 480 (this is the width of the video that best fits a blog post).

The height box automatically fills in.

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Make sure “Show suggested videos when video finishes” is UNCHECKED.

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Scroll back up the page a little and copy the Embed Code that is there now. Highlight and copy that code.

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Inside your blog Dashboard, this will work whether you are creating a new Post or a new Page.


Create a New Post (or Page).

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Title it.

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Click on the Text tab on the right side of the post window.

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Paste the Embed code into the post window.

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Now you are ready to either Publish, Preview, or add more text to it.


Using Categories in Your Blog to Organize TEKS Covered

You add your lesson plans to your blog for parents, students, admins, and everyone else to see. Did you know that you can use those same posts to disaggregate your testing data at any time? It’s pretty simple and will only cost you about 10 minutes of work on the front end to save you hours or days of work on the backend. And you won’t have to redo the front end work until the TEKS change for your course(s).

Take a peek at the video below and shoot me any questions you might have.

How-To: Upload your video from the iPad to YouTube & embed it in your blog

I was working with Coach Brown’s biology class a few weeks ago on uploading the videos they created to YouTube and then embedding them in their blogs. I figured I’d write out the steps we went through and share them here in case others were interested. As we move more and more into students posting their content to their eportfolios, this is a great process to get comfortable with.

Uploading to YouTube from the iPad

For a video shot using the camera and NOT using iMovie:
Go to the Photos app
Locate the video to be uploaded and tap on that one
In the top right corner, there is a box with an arrow in it. Tap on that.
Select YouTube
Enter username/password to login to your YouTube user account

(NOTE: If it fails to let you login, this means you probably have never setup your YouTube channel yet. You will need to use a computer and go to Login. Click Upload. Follow the prompts to setup the channel. You know it will be complete when you click Upload and it goes straight to the Upload page.)

Enter a title, description, tags, etc. Select a Category for the video to match the project/class.
Tap Publish. (the video will process and then upload)
A box will pop up asking you if you wish to View the Video. Tap that option.
A browser opens with the YouTube video on it.

(NOTE: If the browser is in Mobile mode you will see a little icon of three horizontal bars in the top left corner. Tap that and select Desktop.)

From the Desktop mode, you will see the option to Share beneath the video window. Tap that.
Then Tap Embed.
Copy that embed code. (This will require you to tap it once to activate that window. Then tap again. Tap on Select All. Tap on Copy.)

Embedding Your YouTube Video to Your Blog

Go to and log in on the right.
At the top of the page is a link to your site. Tap on that.
Once your blog is loaded, click on the +New at the top of the page and select New Post. (If you are on an iPad, when you tap new, it goes to new post by default.)
Type in your title.
Click/tap on the HTML tab in the post window.
If you want to type anything in the post window (like a description of the video/project) type it now. Then, double space to make space between this text and the next step.
Paste the embed code in the post box.
Click Publish.
The page will save and refresh. You can click on View Post at the top of the page to view your post to make sure it looks like you want it.