Leaving it until the last day of the half term to write a newsletter is a bit late, but we’ve had a busy time – hopefully they’ll be plenty for you to digest.
Seminar, Training Programme and Autumn Conference
In the next half term we have a number of seminars, a training course and a conference scheduled:
Entitled “Blogging, it’s all about the audience,” the seminars will take place after school hours at 4pm and will last for approximately 90 mins. The seminars are aimed at introducing blogs to newcomers, however the full day blogging conference will be of interest to all abilities. It will run along similar lines to our extremely successful spring conference held at Chorlton Park (read the feedback here).
The Woo themes course will enable those schools with a Woo themes front page to learn how to change the content themselves. It’s free and will run from 1pm until 3pm. Why not combine a trip to Bolton with Teachmeet Bolton at Heathfield at 5pm on the same day.
All events, including the conference will be free
- 1st November, Caton Community Primary School, nr Lancaster, just off the M6 junction 34 (Map)
- 4th November, managing a Woo themed custom homepage (for blog admins), Horwich Parish (Map)
- 15th November, Barton Clough Primary School, nr the Trafford Centre, Manchester (Map)
- 22nd November, Lever House Primary School, Leyland, just off the M6 junction 28 (Map)
- 29th November, Southwark Primary School, Nottingham (Map)
- 7th December, Northamptonshire, Silverstone Study Centre (All day blogging conference details to follow after half term)
To sign up to the seminars and conference, click here. To sign up for the Woo themes course simply email me. The success of these events relies heavily on your support and we hope that we will welcome you or a member of your team to one of them. We’ll be scheduling more in the spring.
New Schools and Projects
We have been busy launching new blog projects this term, including:
- Nicol Mere Primary School, Wigan
- Benton Park Primary School, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
- Hotspur Primary School, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
- Kensington Avenue Primary School, Surrey
- Leigh St Peter’s Primary School, Leigh
- St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Bolton
- St Augustine’s Primary School, Worksop
- Lower Place Primary School, Rochdale
- Blackrod Church School, Blackrod
- Make Believe Arts, theatre project, London
Other projects include:
- The Lincoln Monopoly Challenge
- King Edwards High School Teaching School
And finally worth mentioning a site makeover with a difference:
There are a load more in the pipeline, too.
Hosted by Creative Blogs is the massively successful Quadblogging.net run by David Mitchell of Heathfield. If you haven’t got involved in this project then you are missing out big time. It’s designed to help schools build audience for their blogs and create meaningful collaborative projects across the world. So far over 350 classes have signed up to the project and more are joining all the time.
Don’t forget to do your upgrades! Whenever you visit the network admin dashboard you will be told whether there are updates that need performing. There might be a yellow information bar across the top telling you that a WordPress update is required or a number next to the “Updates” option on the admin menu. By clicking on “Updates” you will be able to perform these updates yourself, and we would strongly recommend that you do so. Most updates are either fixing bugs or security issues and should be applied as soon as possible after release. We will do them as and when we have reason to visit the dashboard on your site, but with now over 60 blog projects running that becomes less frequent and doing your own upgrades becomes more important.
It has taken a long time to get to this point where we can build Creative Blogs into a sustainable project on its own and as a result I have stepped back from all teaching commitments and am focused 100% on building the Creative Blogs community into the most successful community of school bloggers in the world. We have lots of exciting developments coming up to tell you about in the coming weeks, too.
Thanks for your support