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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

 

CATEGORY TIPS

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.

TAG TIPS

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.

Creating Our First Post

Our next activity is going to be creating our next post. You will have  a number of decisions to make:

  1. What will my post be about?
  2. What resources (technological or otherwise) do I need to make my post?
  3. How do I actually create a post?

I can help you with the last question by providing you with some resources and taking you through the process. It is important to understand what a POST is and what a PAGE is. These are the two ways of presenting information on a blog. PAGEs tend to present static information that doesn’t change over time and POSTs, like diaries, tend to be more dynamic.

Page VS Post

Here’s a brief explanation:

 

This is how a post is structured:

Post structure
Introduction To Posts And Writing Posts: The Structure of a Post

 


 

For the Post we’re creating today, we won’t be worrying too much about Categories and Tags we select. We will be assigning them, but the tags and categories we use may not be ones we eventually end up with. Typically, as teachers and students, we need to plan for categories and tags purposeful and expedient use.

Here’s how a basic post is created & edited:

Creating a Post:

 

Editing a Post:

This is an explanation of each tool in the Visual Editor Toolbar.

Edublogs Visual Editor
Introduction to the Visual Editor

 

Here is how to add some media in the form of images…

 

And finally, here’s the script for adding a category quickly – more on this later…

Edublogs Categories
Adding Categories to a Post

 


Let the Posting Begin