Set Up a Moderated Class Blog on Posterous

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Set Up a Moderated Class Blog on Posterous

Category : Tips

In response to a question posted by Kansas teacher Marsha Ratzel, I created an eleven minute screencast this evening describing the steps for creating a moderated class blog (for FREE) on the website Posterous.com. One of the most significant advantages of using a Posterous blog as a class website is that rich media (text, images, audio files and video files) can all be posted to the site via email. Your students can email their work to your class blog, and as the administrator of the site YOU can approve (or delete) submitted posts as well as comments. New content is sent to the email address, “post@yoursite.posterous.com” – For example, to submit a new 5 photo story to my blog 5photos.posterous.com, email messages including five image attachments can be sent to the address “post@5photos.posterous.com” and then I can moderate them in the approval queue.

If you have questions or comments on the strategies or ideas shared in this screencast, please let me know! I made this screencast with Screenflow software and posted the HD version directly to YouTube from the program. Learn more about sharing text, images, audio and video safely to the web on my new book and website project, TalkWithMedia.com. (Incidentally, that’s a website I’ve created with Posterous!)

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5 Comments

Aaron Couch

March 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Aaron Couch

March 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Very good tutorial! I have a group blog of my own geared towards college students (http://CollegeBLogic.posterous.com), however when others would post a “rough draft” that I was to later edit, it would automatically get posted to the blog. This became disastrous when I had the blog autoposting to several other social media sites! But I realized I don’t have “Anyone can post, but I will moderate” checked. I think this should solve the problem now.

Wesley Fryer

March 22, 2011 at 8:45 pm

The moderation option is a VERY important checkbox! Thanks for sharing your link too. 🙂

Aaron Couch

March 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm

You’re welcome. This is a little off subject, but there is no messaging feature on Posterous, so I thought I’d just ask here. I am wanting to place ads, pertaining to students, on my group blog, but Posterous doesn’t support them. Do you have suggestions as to what would be a good blogging platform for group blogging that also support ads? I know WordPress is an option, but it seems every time I try to make myself use it, I just don’t like it. Posterous and Tumblr are just simple and that’s why I like them. Blogger has some more customization, but I don’t feel it’s what I’m looking for, but maybe that is the best option. What do you think?

Mr Hunt

May 23, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Thanks for really clear explanation! What screen-casting software are you using?

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