I’ve also shared ways to make this process as easy as possible.
Now, if you use WordPress, there’s an even easier way to make this happen. With WordPress for Android, students can post directly from their phone.
That’s right: Students no longer have to use a computer and log on your class blog. The clunkiness is gone.
This is a huge development. Here are a couple reasons why:
1. More content. Having to use a computer to access the back end of a blog is tedious and not user-friendly, especially for students who dislike technology. But everybody likes their phone! I’m certain that students are more likely to post if they can do so wherever and whenever they like.
2. Quick pics. Who doesn’t like photos? Adding a picture is the easiest thing ever. All students have to do is snap their photo and then share it to WP. It’s very quick and almost as easy as Instagram.
Unfortunately, the app doesn’t allow direct video embedding. I took a short video and uploaded it, and the result was a hyperlink. No good. My students will have to stick with our automatic YouTube uploader, which is a little harder to use and sometimes unreliable.
Still, I’m pretty impressed by WordPress for Android. It’s a free app, and students have to fill in their user credentials just once to use it. I highly recommend the app to teachers with WordPress class blogs.