eFolio Blog Set Up Full Overview

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The general personalised set up guidelines are the following:

  1. Give you eFolio blog a ‘cool4school’ personalised title (under Dashboard Settings). See How to change your blog title
  2. Choose a new theme (under Dashboard Appearance). See Changing your blog’s themeOverview of all available themesWhat to consider when choosing your blog’s theme
  3. Add some Widgets if not already set up (under Dashboard Appearance). You must add Pages, Archive, Categories, Search and Tag Cloud. See Changing your blog’s sidebar widgets and Overview of all available widgets.
  4. Create your personal profile About (me) page (under Dashboard Pages). Click here for guidelines: How to write an ‘About’ page.
  5. Developing a static page for your “CAS Records” (for your CAS plan, goals, reports/log and other record).

There are three other important required parts to setting up and using your eFolio properly:

Static Pages
You are asked to only have one static “Page” called “About” or “About Me” where you post your eFolio profile or autobiography (found under Dashboard Pages). Do not create any other pages. All reflections, planning, goal-setting, sharing, showcasing, etc. happens through blog posts. This arrangement allows for the best organisation of eFolio as all features are searchable and sortable in the blog section. See The differences between posts and static pages.

You should also have a separate page for your “CAS Records”. This is why you can post your CAS plans, goals and reports.

Blog Posts
As noted above, all eFolio reflections, goal-setting, planning, media, showcasing, sharing and more are to be published as blog posts, created under the Dashboard Posts. Here are some Edublogs tips to get started or to help further develop your blog:

  1. Writing your first post
  2. Editing posts
  3. How to insert links in your postInserting images into your posts,
  4. Embedding videos from video sharing websites into posts
  5. Inserting documents, PDF and PowerPoints into Posts
  6. Uploading images, audio, video and files directly to the media library
  7. Enhancing your posts by embedding media including slides, quizzes, comic strips, polls
  8. Inserting video or audio files into your posts
  9. Popular web tools that can be embedded into posts, pages or added to text widgets in sidebars
  10. Adding Categories and Tags to a Post  

Categories and Tags
Tags and categories on posts are used to help others find information in different ways. Categories are like chapters of a book; they provide a general overview of the topics you blog about; on the other hand, tags are more like the index at the back of the book which breakdown the topic into smaller parts that stretch across topics. Click here to read about Adding Categories and Tags to a Post  

On a post you can add as many tags and categories as you need to make the post easier to locate, but fewer are more practical. For the Learning eFolio, you MUST give every post an appropriate category and tag. Don’t worry if you forget or make a mistake; you can always add or change categories or tags any time.

The following categories must be set up and used as appropriate for your grade level.

CATEGORIES (limited/mandatory):

  1. English
  2. Personal Project
  3. Science (for DP Sci-Chem, Sci-Bio, Sci-Physics)
  4. Mandarin
  5. French
  6. Spanish
  7. Humanities
  8. History
  9. Math
  10. ToK
  11. LEAP/Electives
  12. Creative Arts
  13. Performing Arts
  14. DT
  15. PE
  16. Extended Essay
  17. Advising
  18. CAS
  19. CAS-creativity
  20. CAS-action
  21. CAS-service
  22. Personal Learning
  23. DPA
  24. Athletics

These are the only categories you can use. If you think you need to add another one, especially for DP, please speak to the Head of Student life. You may also have more than one category assigned to a post. If you have other ways you wish to categorise your posts, please use tags (see below).

TAGS (choice/some prescribed):

You must tag reflections relevant to CAS with the 8 listed learning outcomes below; you can also choose to tag your post in many other ways to help locate information in the future.

  1. Self-Awareness
  2. Exploration
  3. Planning & Initiative
  4. Collaboration
  5. Commitment
  6. Globalocal Impact
  7. Ethics
  8. New Skills

See Adding Categories and Tags to a Post  for help setting this up.

For the full Edublogs User Guideclick hereFor further tech support, speak to your Advisor or Mr Wilson, Head of Student Life.

For guidelines on reflections (including alternative options), blogging, commenting and digital citizenship, please see the MY Step 4. Post or DP Step 4. Post pages.

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