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Blogs: Create and Display

blogPosting a Blog to your my.uen Public page is a two step process:

  1. Use the Blog Manager portlet found on your Personal page to create a blog and the blog posts.
  2. Go to your Edit my Public Page and edit the My Blogs portlet to display your blog.

To create a Blog:

  1. Navigate to your Personal page.
  2. Use the "Add Page Content" link in the upper right corner.
  3. Go to the "Blog" category and add the "Blogs Manager" portlet.
  4. Use the Edit icon and then use the "Create" button.
  5. Enter a blog name (e.g. Ms. Kramer's Classroom Blog).
  6. Use the Save button.

To create a Blog Post:

  1. To create a new blog post - use the edit icon or the blog name on the Blogs list page.
  2. Use the "New Post" button.
  3. Enter a title and text for your blog post.
  4. Use the Save button.

To display your Blog on your public page:

  1. Navigate to your Edit my Public page and create a new page.
  2. Use the "Add Page Content" link in the upper right corner.
  3. Go to the "Blogs" category and add the "My Blog " portlet.
  4. Use the Edit icon.
  5. Select the blog that you want displayed from the pulldown menu. one column layout
  6. Use the Save button and then the Close button.

Note: To ensure that your blog displays properly, it is highly recommended that you use the Edit Page Layout option found at the top of the page and select the 1 Column layout option.

Adding Images to your Blog Posts

Adding personal images to your blog post is a two step process.

  1. Upload the image file to the "My Images" folder in your Documents Manager portlet.
  2. Display the image in a blog post.

1. Add your image file as a document:

  1. Navigate to your Personal page.
  2. my images folder
  3. Use the "Add Page Content" link in the upper right corner.
  4. Go to the "My Stuff" category and add the "Documents Manager" portlet.
  5. Use the Edit icon.
  6. Click on the "Top Level" folder to reveal the "My Images" folder.
  7. Click on the "My Images" folder.
  8. Use the Add a document link.
  9. Click Browse to select the image file you want to upload. The image must be a .jpg, .gif, or .png file. (Do not upload copyrighted images.)
  10. Type the name and description you want displayed for the image file. (If you don't add a name, the file name will be used.)
  11. File Upload
  12. Use the Upload button. This will save the file and return you to your list of documents.
  13. Use the "Close" button at the top of Documents Manager portlet.

 

  

 

2. Display the image in a blog post

  1. Edit a blog post.
  2. Use the Insert / edit image button (the tree). This will pop-up a small window.
  3. Click on the blue folder icon my images folder icon to the right of the Image URL box. Add Image
  4. Select one of the images you uploaded to the My Images folder in your Documents Manager portlet.
  5. After inserting the image be sure to use the Save button.

Note: To resize the image, click on it and drag a corner until it is the desired size.

 

Frequently Asked Blog Portlet Questions:

  1. What is a blog?
    A weblog (usually shortened to blog) is an online publication consisting primarily of periodic articles.

  2. Why would I use Blogging in my classroom?
    • Improves Communication
      Blogging is a way to communicate to students, parents, or other teachers. For example, blogs can be used to post assignments in one easy-to-find location. Or a teacher can use a blog to describe what is taking place in the classroom. Potentially this can help parents be more involved in their child's education.
    • Engages Students
      A teacher can use a blog to pose a question about a current subject matter and have their students respond online using the comment feature. For instance, a teacher might ask specific thought-provoking questions about a book the class is reading, and ask for students to respond through the comments feature with their ideas.

  3. How can I make sure readers cannot submit inappropriate comments to my blog postings?
    The my.uen blog offers three reader comment options:
      comment settings
    1. "Yes, with moderation" means only comments that you approve will be posted to your blog
    2. "Yes, without moderation" means all comments will be posted to your blog automatically
    3. "No" means noone can post a comment to your blog
    The default preference is set to "No", but you can change that preference on the Blog edit screen.

  4. Can I create a blog post and set it to display some time in the future?
    Yes, to schedule a post for publication on a future time or date, scroll to the bottom of the Blog edit screen, select your desired date and time and use the Save button.

        Authored Date

  5. Can I password protect my blog so that only my students can view it?Password Post
    Yes, you can password protect either your whole blog or individual blog posts.
    • To set a password for you whole blog, go to the Edit Blog screen.
    • To set a password for an individual blog post, go to the Edit Blog Post screen.

  6. I see an option to truncate my blog posts on the main page. What does that mean?
    Truncating your posts means that only the first 250 characters will be displayed to your readers and they will need to use the (More ... ) link to view the entire blog post.

  7. What are Blog Categories?
    Blog categories are a way for you to organize your blog posts into logical groups (e.g. Assignments, Events, Just for Fun) and help your readers easily find posts that interest them. To create a blog category, edit your blog and use the "Categories" tab. After creating a category, use the Edit post screen and select the appropriate category. Readers can find your blog categories in the right sidebar.
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