Create a Slideshow using YouTube

Many teachers use Picasa Web Albums to create slideshows for their blogs. However, Edublogs has recently had a problem where the embed code only works if the teacher only stays in Text mode and doesn’t switch between Text and Visual mode.

Creating a gallery of photos is always an option, but if you’d prefer a slideshow mode, use YouTube.

How to Create a Slideshow in YouTube

  1. Go to Upload in YouTube.
  2. Click on Create beside Photo SlideshowScreen Shot 2015-09-19 at 18.19.03
  3. You have an option to use photos in your Google + Profile. Otherwise, you can upload photos from your computer.
  4. After selecting or uploading the photos, and confirming the order, click on Next.
  5. You can customize the Slide Duration, Effect and Transition, as well as select an audio track to play with your slide (no audio is an option).Screen Shot 2015-09-19 at 18.30.29
  6. Click Upload.
  7. Make sure your “video” is unlisted.Screen Shot 2015-09-19 at 18.32.48
  8. Check the advanced settings. I suggest turning Comments off, and enabling embedding (so that you can put the slideshow on your blog).Screen Shot 2015-09-19 at 18.33.29
  9. Click Done.
  10. Once your video is uploaded, copy the address, and paste it in your post/page. (Make sure that the link is on a line by itself and that you are working in Visual Mode.)

Managing Subscriptions in Edublogs

You can subscribe people to your site on Edublogs one by one, or using a csv file. Your csv file should have a column of e-mail addresses, one per cell. To create a csv file, use Excel and save as Comma Separated Values (csv). If you would like to subscribe a person without sending them a confirmation e-mail, turn on Auto opt-in.

Add subscribers to your blog

Add subscribers to your blog. Auto opt-in is off in this example

To see who is subscribed to your blog, go to the subscribers tab.

To set up how notifications are managed, go to Settings.

Subscriptions | Settings | Mail Template

mail settings 1

Select if you want the notification e-mail to include the full post content. If the box is not checked, an excerpt will be mailed instead.

You may also customize the text of the subscription confirmation email on this page if you’d like. Remember to Save changes before exiting the page.

Subscriptions | Settings | General Settings

You have several options that you can set on this page. I will emphasize three of them

reply to address

Set a no reply address to prevent your address from being marked as a spammer.

send how often

Decide when notifications should be sent by the blog

If you select weekly digest, you may select the day of the week but not the time. Also, you have to make sure to visit your site the day before your selected day. This option seems unreliable to me.

get notifications

Decide if you’d like to be notified when people subscribe/unsubscribe

Finally, deleting a subscriber is easy. If you have a class blog, you may want to unsubscribe parents of former students before subscribing the parents of your current students. To do so, go to the Subscribers tab, select the people you’d like to unsubscribe, and perform the bulk action called Cancel subscriptions.

Move E-mail from one Google Account to Another

Follow the instructions in the video to move your email from one Google Account to another. Note that the process takes a little while depending on how much e-mail you have in the initial account. This process will continue to work until your initial account is closed/deleted. If you prefer written instructions, check this page by Google Support.

Note that you can decide if to keep messages in the original e-mail account, and how to organize transferred mail (into a folder and/or into archives).


Thanks to @blacklinemaster for the video recommendation.

Keep a Record of your Edublogs blog


There are several reasons why you may want to keep an archive of your posts on an Edublogs site. These include:

  • you’re leaving a school and will lose access of your site
  • you would like to keep an archive of your year
  • You would like to collate a series of posts for your eportfolio

It is a good idea to export your Edublog site as an xml file. This will allow you to upload your posts to a new blog e.g. a free one at or (make sure that you register/login with a personal google account, not your work account). The xml file will contain your posts and comments. When you import the xml file into a new blog, the new blog will try to make copies of your media from your old blog; this means that the old blog must still be online. Note that this process sometimes fails.

Whether or not you’re successful creating a new blog that’s an image of your old blog, you may be interested in accessing your old blog as an ebook. It is not possible to “read” an xml file. If you want to read your posts without creating a new blog, it is a good idea to create an ebook from your posts. I have tested* the following sites with okay results (details follow):

  • saves in pdf format with good formatting; book in chronological order; includes images and links to online video/sites
  • saves in epub format with no media and little formatting; book in reverse chronological order; embedded media ignored. Limit of 250 posts.
  • saves in pdf format with images; book in reverse chronological order; embedded media ignored; 100 posts limit within the given time range; only includes posts within the last year.

If you’ve embedded media in your blog by uploading them directly to Edublogs, you may want to download them. This is also important if you haven’t imported your xml file into a new blog or if you had any problems copying the media into the new blog from the old blog. Since you uploaded the media to your blog in the first place, you probably have it saved on your computer (and have backed it up). If that’s not the case, you can use DownThemAll on Firefox. It’s the best tool that I’ve found for this purpose. Even if you’re a devout Chrome or Safari user, pull out Firefox for this task.


How to Download Media with DownThemAll

  1. Install the DownThemAll addon to Firefox
  2. Log in to your Edublogs site dashboard and go go the Media page
  3. For each of your media pages:
    1. Go to Tools | DownThemAll Tools | DownThemAll!…
    2. Go to Pictures and Media and press Start!
    3. The files will be saved in your default downloads folder. I suggest creating a folder and moving all your blog backup items (including the media) into that folder.

* I tested all three options about a year ago to assist teachers who were moving. I  checked the documentation to confirm process/features.

Comparing Picasa Web Albums and Google+ Photos

You search for Picasa web and click the first result, but instead of the interface that you’re used to, you see a new, unfamiliar page. What’s going on?

Google has integrated Picasa Web Albums with Google+ Photos. When you upload a file to Picasa Web Albums, it also shows up in your Google+ Photos and vice versa. Similar, if you delete a picture in one place, it is also deleted in the other.

google+ photos

Google+ Photos


Picasa Web Albums


In Picasa Web Albums, you can set the permission for your photos and albums as one of three visibility options: Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 11.16.14


I have two albums that are public, one with limited visibility and one private one. See what my albums look like when I am logged into each account:

Albums when logged in to Google+

Albums when logged in to Google+

Albums when logged in to Picasa Web

Albums when logged in to Picasa Web

People who visit my Google + Profile page can only see my public albums:

Google+ Public page

Google+ Public page


To include slideshows to your blog posts, you may upload your photos to either Google+ or Picasa Web Albums, but you must get the slideshow embed code in Picasa Web Albums.

Need help with another step? Post a comment and I’ll be happy to create a blog post for your situation.