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  1. Sue Waters August 21, 2014 at 9:23 pm |

    Hi Sheri

    You’ve been working really hard during your summer break!

    Apologies in advance for the long comment but I had lots of thoughts I’m pondering.

    One thing I do with our custom menus is use a static top item if I have sub-menus. The concern is that reader may not realise the top item is a page whereas if you add the first item as the submenu they can’t miss it. If you look at the custom menu on the Teacher’s Challenge blog you will see we use this approach. To be honest I’m not sure if it does or doesn’t help but both Ronnie and I use this approach because we both feel it helps. Let me know if you wanted to try it and I’ll make the change to your custom menu.

    Love your ideas page for topics to blog about! I’m going to add a link to it on our page on setting up blogs – http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/step-11-set-up-student-blogs/ under Getting started. Hope that is okay?

    I’m wondering if your Discussion page is the best option? I notice you’ve set up a forum. I’m not sure this will be ideal for your students for two reasons: 1) you can only post in a forum as a logged in user 2) forums don’t support threaded comments. If all your student blogs were on Edublogs then a forum might be worth considering but if most of your student blogs are on kidblog then it might be better to set up a post for discussions and add a link into your custom menu? Have you read about the new changes to how you can read posts using the Reader and moderate directly in the Reader? We will be publishing a post in more detail soon but you can read how to use it with students here – http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/step-11-set-up-student-blogs/

    I would also consider turning off comments on some of the pages. The main one would be the contact form page because it can confuse them as to whether to use the contact form or the comments form.

    Hopefully I haven’t forgotten anything?

    Sue Waters
    Support Manager
    Edublogs | CampusPress

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