Create a blog on

Wordpress is a free, open source platform for blogging used by many educators. It features an easy-to-use interface and a large community for support.
Watch Create a blog: to see these steps.
First, you need to set up a Wordpress account.
  1. Visit the home page or go directly to the Wordpress Sign Up page.
  2. Enter your username in the form.
  3. Enter the password you would like to use. Enter it a second time to confirm.
  4. Enter a valid email address.
  5. Read the Terms of Service and check the box.
  6. Make sure you have chosen to set up a blog and not just a username.
  7. Click Next.
Next, you need to set up your blog.
  1. Enter your blog domain or use the default. Your domain name will appear in the URL for your blog. You will not be able to change this name, so be sure you know what you want before you complete the form. The domain name can only contain letters and numbers: no spaces or special characters.
  2. Enter your blog title or use the default. The blog title will appear at the top of your blog. The title can be multiple words and can be edited later, so you can change it if you don't like it.
  3. Double check that your blog is set to be in English.
  4. You may choose what you want for the privacy setting. Since this is a professional blog, allowing it to be accessed by search engines can help you build your professional reputation. When blogging with students, you might choose to hide blogs from search engines for some limited privacy.
  5. Click Sign Up.
At this point, an email will be sent to your account for activation. Be sure to follow the directions in this email. You should also see a place to update your profile, which youc an do at this time.
You can either jump right in by exploring the tools available in the dashboard, you can review the Getting Started content.
If you are having technical difficulties, try the Forums or Getting Started.
Note that for this course we are using, the site for blogs hosted by Wordpress. This is not the same as, which allows you to download and customize your own version of the software and host it elsewhere. generally requires more technical expertise. When you search for help online, make sure the help refers to blogs and not blogs.

  1. Note: If you already have a professional, education-related blog, you may skip this step and use your existing blog for the remainder of this class. However, if your other blog is personal or about any topic other than education, please create a new blog specifically for this purpose.
  2. Compose a first post that reflects your initial thoughts about the ways in which you see the Read/Write Web affecting your practice and your classroom. You may use your reflection from Activity 1-E-1 as a basis for this post.

RSS Aggregator

A number of tools are available to collect RSS feeds. In this course, we recommend Google Reader. Google Reader offers some features such as starring specific posts and charting your own reading trends which aren’t offered by Bloglines and other RSS readers.
Note: Google Reader does not require that any software be installed on your computer. Once you set up your account, you will be able to access your feeds from any internet-connected computer or phone.
  1. Click the link to visit
  2. You need a Google account to use Google Reader.
    1. If you already have a Gmail account or other Google account, enter your email address and password for your Google account. You may skip to step 3.
    2. If you do not have a Google account, click the “Create an Account Now” link.
      Google Reader
      Google Reader
    3. Follow the directions to complete the form to create your account.
      Google Reader Form
      Google Reader Form
    4. Google will send a message to your email account for verification. You will need to click the link in the email to verify the account, but you can continue to Google Reader while you are waiting for the email. Click the Click here to continue link.
  3. The first time you log in to Google Reader, you will see a welcome message. You can take a tour of Google Reader or view a short video introduction. You are encouraged to view the tour, video, or both. Of course, you can always just jump right in and start experimenting on your own!
    Google Reader Tour
    Google Reader Tour