Four Ways to Post to a Blog Quickly

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Heading into the semester, a number of things have changed on ACU Blogs, but one has stayed the same. The fastest way to add a post or file to your blog is Post by Email. Here are a couple examples.iphoneyoutube

  • YouTube and Vimeo videos

Now you can embed YouTube and Vimeo videos on your blog by pasting their URL into an email. Remember that the YouTube app on an iPhone or iPod touch also lets you share URLs by email.

Big Idea – Have students or a TA search YouTube for relevant examples of course content and share it to the blog.

  • Photos from an iPhone

Remember that the Photos app allows users to share images by email, so snap a pic and email it to the class blog.iphonephotos

Any image you run into while web browsing can also be shared. Just tap and hold on the image until the Save Image option appears. This will save a copy to the Photos app where you can go add it to an email.

Big Idea – Send students outside or to the web, searching for images that communicate a core concept they can then share to the blog.

  • Video and Audio from an iPhone

For those with the video iPhone 3GS, the Photos app also stores short videos. Shoot a short comment or interview question (50 seconds max) and email it to your class blog. (The new iVideoCamera app claims to offer the same capability to previous iPhone models.)

iphonevoicememoThe Voice Memo app on iPhones and iPod touches will also share recordings up to 8 minutes long by email in case you have more to say.

Big Idea – Send a class-wide evaluation of a recent assignment or ask students to share short discussion podcasts that document a group discussion.

  • Don’t Forget about Documents

If there are files or handouts you want students to have, send them as attachments in an email. Any Office document or PDF can be dropped into an email and linked from a post in minutes.

One quick way to generate PDFs from most any file type is Convert.io. Check the Convert.io blog to read more.

Big Idea – Send slides or assignment sheets to the blog before heading to class to make them available to students without making a photocopy.

Of course, the secret is that all four ways are the same. Post by Email is a deceptively simple way to make your class blog more than a once-a-week recipient of class announcements.

To Get Started

There’s only really one thing you need to do before sending your first email, followed by a couple options you may want to know about.
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  1. Activate the Postie plugin. Even if you used it last semester, check to make sure Postie is active on each class blog.
  2. – From the Dashboard, go to the Plugins menu.
    – Find Postie in the listing and if it is grayed out, click the blue Activate link next to it.

  3. Check the Postie menu for the class blog email address.
  4. – From the Dashboard, go to the Postie menu under Settings.
    – Check the Mailserver page for the Mail Userid.
    – You can also use @blogs.acu.edu if it’s easier to remember (for example, both 1010_ENGL22101@blogs.acu.edu and 1010_ENGL22101@groupmail.acu.edu point to the same class email account).

  5. If you plan to have students post by email, you need to give them permission. (By default only the teacher can post by email.)
  6. – From the Dashboard, go to the Postie menu under Settings.
    – On the User page select the Roles that can Post.
    – Permission to Post can be given for a class period, a week, or all semester long by simply changing this setting.
    – You may also choose to accept student posts, but only as Drafts to be approved by you before being published to the class blog.

  7. Finally, the Post by Email scripts typically check for new mail every 10 minutes or so, but you can Run Posti manually at any point.
  8. – From the Dashboard, go to the Postie menu under Settings.
    – At the top of the Postie Options page, simply click Run Postie.

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