Getting Organized: Categories & Tags

What are the most appropriate Categories and Tags for a classroom site? That’s the $1 000 000.00 question!

Edublogs Categories and Tags
Examples of Categories and Tags



Adding categories to posts

Categories can have unique names and be wordy;  you want them sufficiently descriptive so your reader understands the type of subject matter they will find when they click on the link.

As a general rule you tend to limit the total number of categories you use on a blog.

On class and students blogs categories may be used more like tags; and some use only categories or tags rather than both.

The key is to think about the structure you want to use to help your readers easily find posts.

For example, you might use categories like Class News, Blogging activity, English, Science, Maths and then for tags you might use student first names (if the student writes the post),  Algebra,  fish anatomy.


Adding tags to posts

Tags are normally short, one or two words, and are generally keywords (i.e. terms readers would be likely to use if they searched your site); terms that your readers will understand.

Tags are searchable

The larger the size of the word in the tag cloud the more posts that have been tagged using that term.

Edublogs SortingHow are you going to figure out the categories and tags you are going to use? It’s planning time…


  1. With a partner begin creating a list of possible categories and tags that you may use in your classroom Edublog site. Revisit some of the earlier blog sites if necessary for inspiration. Divide the list into Descriptive Categories and short keyword Tags.
  2. Prioritize the listing after you have created it. Best choices first.
  3. Feed ideas forward to the whole group.
  4. Begin inputting these into your Edublog.
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