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Google Chrome Frame

Due to compatibility issues users are seeing with Internet Explorer and PrimaryBlogger, we’ve decided to try something out over the next few days. Google have created a plugin for Internet Explorer that allows it to run like a modern browser, such as Google Chrome or Firefox, but without having to install another browser.

When you visit the admin Dashboard area without the plugin installed, a popup will show asking you to install Chrome Frame. Once the plugin is installed it won’t ask you again. The plugin can be installed on any machine, in school or at home, and will not harm your computer in any way. In fact it will make it much better, allowing a consistent graphical user experience that we’ve recently designed for modern browsers. You won’t even have to refresh the page, it will automatically load all PrimaryBlogger pages using the plugin.

Hopefully we’ll see a massive increase in happy users and cut down on minor problems that Internet Explorer users are facing.

Feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts under this post!

Ed

New Dashboard Design

Hi all,

Sorry for the lack of updates, but we’ve been especially busy readying new products at Primary Technology, so our updating of the blog has been a bit lax.

Anyway, if you haven’t noticed already, we’ve updated the design of the PrimaryBlogger Dashboard area to make it more visually appealing and easier to find things.

Unfortunately for some, you might not get the greatest version of the design due to your web browser if you’re using Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer, isn’t a very good web browser as they don’t adhere to the latest web standards. This means that if we use something like shadows or rounded corners they won’t show up as they’re not supported, couple that with the fact it’s slow and insecure at the best of times and you can see why Primary T dislikes it. Thankfully there’s a solution, but you’ll need to read our next blog post to find out what it is!

If you have any feedback on the redesign, or ideas on how we could improve it, feel free to leave us a comment on here, use the Primary Technology (PT) Support Website, chat to us on our new Live Chat facility on all PT service websites when we’re online or use the request a feature button in the bottom right of the screen in the Dashboard.

Your School’s Details

In an effort to find out more about our users, cut down spam and guarantee our service is for educational use, we will now require each blog to be attached to a school.

It’s a very simple process; if you’re registering a new blog you’ll be asked to type in your school’s name as part of the sign up process, if you’ve already got a blog you’ll see a new red bar at the top of any admin page that will direct you to the settings page to fill in your details. If your school doesn’t exist in our database you can contact us via our Support Website and we’ll add it for you. We use our My School Holidays service for the database which pulls data from around the world continually, so most if not all schools should be there.

We hope in the future to link allow an overview page of all the Primary Technology services that you use that are attached to your school, making it easier to navigate between them.

Migrate Users To Another PrimaryBlogger Blog

The most requested feature we’ve been asked for on PrimaryBlogger so far is the ability to move users in bulk from one blog to another, so we fulfilled your wishes and created a plugin to do it.

The plugin allows you to export users into a CSV file and import them into your new blog in just a few steps, did we mention it’s dead easy? It’s all explained on how knowledgebase section of our support website in an easy to understand how to guide at http://support.primaryt.co.uk/knowledgebase/transfer-users-between-blogs/.

It should work for everybody, but you never know, so any bug reports would be very useful if you find anything wrong with it! Let us know by opening a new ticket at http://support.primaryt.co.uk/new-ticket/.

Hopefully this should make your summers a bit easier now and save you some time!

Enjoy!

Education Blog Awards 2012 Shortlist

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated in the Education Blog Awards 2012. There are thousands of education blogs in the UK, so for someone to nominate your blog is a great honour. They have had nearly 8000 votes, for over 500 different blogs – more than double the number they got in 2011!

Listed below are the ten blogs in each category that got the most votes – these are the blogs that the judges will now go and, well, judge. If your blog is listed, congratulations! Put up a ‘shortlisted’ badge on your blog and they’ll be in touch when the results are in! Read more »

UK Education Blog Awards 2012

The UK Education Blog Awards are here to celebrate the best in school blogging. This is the second year of the awards, last year they had over 300 nominated blogs, and 3600 votes cast. The 2011 winners can be found here.

This year they have put together four categories for their awards. You can enter into one or more of these categories.  The categories are:

  1. Class Blog of the Year
  2. Whole School Blogsite of the Year
  3. Teacher Blog of the Year
  4. Most Influential Blog of the Year

Read more »

New Blog Address Domains

Great news, we’ve just added academyblogger.co.uk and secondaryblogger.co.uk to the options that are available when signing up for a new blog. This means academies and secondaries can have a blog address that reflects their status.

This was a direct result of our users’ feedback as the ‘primary’ in PrimaryBlogger might have lead people to believe we’re designed only for Primary Schools, when actually PrimaryBlogger is available for all educational institutions. We hope this makes people feel more comfortable and allows PrimaryBlogger to be accessible to every teacher, lecturer and educator.

Blogging Tips

Here are some blogging tips shared by Lucy Morris of St Josephs Primary Bradford.

Polls 1

You can use these to collect information from your class or to check their understanding of something.

They can either have a choice of two answers.

Or can tick as many answers as they like.

 

To see the results you just click ‘view results’.

 

In your dashboard you have a polls menu option and in that you can see who has said what by clicking on the log for that question.

Maps 2

You can embed Google maps into your blog like you have done with a video, they can be in map or satellite view. The children can swap between views and zoom in and out themselves.

 

To do this you just need to click the map button when you are creating a post.

Then type in a place or postcode then save changes and click insert this map.

 

100 word challenge 3

Each week a 100 word challenge can be posted on your blog, it will include a prompt for writing (e.g. a title, video, picture etc) and then the children just need to use the prompt in whatever way they can to write 100 words. The literacy merit is that they can then comment on each others posts with praise and suggestions to give them a real audience for their writing.

 

It would be helpful if you show you class how to count how many words they have written in word (by going to the tools menu and clicking word count in version 2003 or just looking in the bottom left hand corner of the screen in 2007) so they don’t try and waste time counting their words themselves.

Multiposting

There’s a new feature on PrimaryBlogger now that allows you to post to all of your blogs at the same time, without having to open each blog and post the same content in each one. It’s called Multipost and it’s on the right hand side of the post editor page where you write your blog posts. All you have to do is click the relavant blogs that you wish to post to.

The Multipost option is a quick way to get pupil opinion on something (e.g. What new books to buy for the library?) which helps tick the Ofsted criteria of PupilVoice.

  1. Activate the WP-Polls plugin in the plugins section to see this functionality
  2. Activate the Google Maps plugin in the plugins section to see this functionality
  3. Visit http://100wc.net/ to get started with the 100 Word Challenge

PrimaryBlogger Pro Accounts and Recent Updates

It’s been a while since we last posted an update, sorry about that. But we’ve been working on some exciting new features, as you may have seen in your admin area recently.

Firstly, we have now started offering PB Pro accounts to allow you more upload space, premium plugins, premium themes and priority email support. Prices start as low as 83p a month for the 2GB account.Although we’ve started doing paid accounts we don’t want to become a faceless organisation to just take your money, we’re still offering free accounts with lots of features. In fact we haven’t removed anything, we’ve just added more to the PB Pro accounts. We’ve started the PB Pro accounts to help us cover our costs in running the service, we’re growing quite rapidly and our network that runs PB requires us to maintain it.

Read more »

How Do I Translate My Blog?

You can use Google’s free translation service to change the text on your blog into other languages. It’s very simple, all you need to do is visit http://translate.google.com/translate_tools and choose the way you would like it to look.

Next, create a new text widget in Apperance -> Widgets in the wp-admin area. Give it a title, something like “Translation”, but you can call it whatever you like. Then paste in the code given from the Google Translation service. Here is an example of the code you can use…..

You can read the rest of this guide at Primary Technology Support

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