Write About Help
Posts are a piece of writing published by an author. Students are always 1 click away from writing a new post from scratch or from an Idea.
Post from scratch
This is like a “blank piece of paper”. There is no default image or title. To start a Post from scratch, simply click on the white ‘pencil’ icon in the top left corner of any page. The “Create Post” link from the Posts tab also will start a new Post from scratch.
You will need to add a Title and select a Category and Grade Level. Am image is optional. If no image is added, a default placeholder will show on the Post (an image can always be added later). Record and save audio with the Post if desired.
When you are finished, save as a Draft or Publish to the selected privacy layer. Groups can be selected for sharing. Finally, be sure to click green Save As Draft or Publish Post button.
Post from Idea
If you’re looking for inspiration, browse the Idea galleries . When you find something interesting, click on the Idea. Next, you can then click the green Write About button. You can then change the title and begin writing your post. When you are finished, double-check the post privacy (draft, private, classmates or public ) below the post text. You can also send your post to any Group where you are a currently member or add audio to the post. Finally, be sure to click green Save or Publish Post button. Note: the original Idea image will be there by default. If you want to change the image, you will need to do that manually.
Privacy of Student Posts
When students are writing, there are 4 layers of publishing that can be used. The teacher can view all student work at any time.
A Privacy icon is displayed in the header information of all Posts, designating which publishing layer the Post has been shared with.
*District privacy layer only available for School/District accounts.
Teachers can disable the Public publishing option for all students or individual students from their Manage Students tab.
To find posts, simply click on the Posts tab in the top navigation menu. From there, you can see all public posts. Click on the My Posts to see all the posts you’ve published, My Drafts to access your saved drafts or Create post to compose a post from scratch. To read an entire post, click on the post title or Read Post button. From there, you can leave a comment, share on social media or share to a group.
Places to Access Posts
There are many ways to discover posts:
- To see all public posts, click on the Posts tab in the top navigation menu.
- To see a visual feed of recent posts from your students, click the Student Posts link from the Posts or Students tab (students see “Class Posts” on the Posts tab).
- To see an overview of your students’ posting activity, go to the Students tab. From My Students you can look at each student’s public posts, private posts and saved drafts. Note that you can sort this by groups (a helpful feature if you are searching by class periods).
- To see all posts in a particular group, click on the Groups tab and find the group. The posts will be inside the Group feed.
- To see all posts connected to a particular writing idea, click on the idea in Ideas or in a Gallery. The posts will be linked to the Wrote About hyperlinked text.
Public Class Feed
To view and share a link of all student work published publicly, click your ‘Public Class Feed’ from the Posts tab or the Students tab. This is the link that you can share with families and other outside audiences. It sequentially displays content contributions from all students associated with your teacher account and can be sorted by Group. Sort, Search and Filter for quick access to the Public Post archive over time. A linked avatar for each students’ public Author Page is displayed in the sidebar.
A printer icon is displayed under each Post which generates a printer-friendly version of the writing that includes the title, author name, published date, image, text, and Post URL.
Adding images to Posts
Students and teachers can add their own photos to posts from the “Add Photo” button. Find and select the photo from your device and a preview of it will be added to the post creation page. Images will appear full sized when published. If the photo has been downloaded from the internet, be sure that you have permission to use it by selecting “creative commons” or “public domain” images. If you are not the owner, fill in the Attribution box with information that properly cites the source. See more helpful information and links for for finding images at https://www.writeabout.com/copyright/
Accessing and Editing My Posts
The My Posts area contains any posts that the user has published. To access published posts, go to the Posts tab and click on My Posts (the third option from the left). If you want to edit, a post, click the green Edit Post button under the post you want to edit. You can also share your post with a Group. A second option for accessing posts is to go to the My Page tab and find the Posts tab on the blue menu. Teachers can access student drafts in the My Students tab in the top navigation.
Saving and Publishing Posts
When you begin writing, the post is in Draft mode. Users can choose to save the draft or publish the post by clicking the desired privacy level at the bottom of a post and then clicking the Save/Publish button. This is available when creating a new post or when editing a draft.
The My Drafts area contains any posts that the user has saved but not published to the community. To access drafts, go to the Posts tab and click on My Drafts (the third option from the left). Click the green Edit Post button under the post you want to edit. A second option is to go to the My Page tab and find the Drafts tab on the blue menu. Teachers can access student drafts in the My Students tab in the top navigation.
Saving Drafts / Reverting to Draft
Users can send posts to drafts when they first write a post by clicking the green Save button at the bottom of a post. Teachers can send a post back to a student’s draft folder by accessing the student post and clicking on the green Revert to Draft button (the first button on the left directly below the post).
Editing & Deleting
Students can edit posts by clicking on a post (in the My Posts or My Drafts submenu of the Posts tab or in the My Posts or My Drafts tab on the profile page) and clicking the green Edit Post button. To delete a post, the user must click on the post first and then click the green Delete Post button. A pop-up warning will ask you if you are positive you want to delete the post. To delete this, click the green Yes button.
Every Post has the potential for starting a meaningful conversation!
- Registered teachers and students can leave Comments on other users’ Posts. Teachers can moderate the comments left by their students and delete any comments on their students’ work.
- Outside users can leave Guest Comments without being logged in, although those comments will need to be approved by the teacher of the author from the Post.
To leave a comment, click on the Post and scroll down to the comments section. Under the subheading “Leave a Reply,” type your comment and click on the green Post Comment button. To comment on another user’s comment, click on the blue “reply” icon. If you would like to delete a comment you have made, click the blue “delete” link. A pop-up message will appear, asking you if you are sure you want to delete the comment. If you are sure you want to delete it, click the green Yes button.
View the helpful video and graphic available from our Learn section on Commenting to help teach and model appropriate commenting with students.
For details on Comment Moderation options, see Managing Students.
Revert to Draft
Sometimes a student will post something that still isn’t ready to be published. As a teacher, you can send the post back to that student’s Drafts by clicking the green “Revert to Draft” button. The post will then be available to the student in the “My Drafts” tab.
While a teacher might want to leave a public comment on a post, the Teacher Feedback feature allows a teacher to leave individualized feedback that only the student can view. The feedback is available in both Text and Audio format. Simply scroll down below the post to the area that reads, “Teacher Feedback: Only Visible by Author.”
Text: Type the feedback under the header reading, “Enter Feedback Here.” Afterward, click the green “Post Feedback” button.
Audio: Press the red button under “Record Audio” and begin giving audio feedback. If you get an Adobe Flash warning, simply click the allow button (with the green checkmark) and begin speaking immediately afterward. When you are finished recording, press the stop button (a square). If you want to re-record it, simply click on “record again.” Once you like the recording, click the green “Post Feedback” button. Note: You have up to three minutes for your recording time.
With the help of the annotation tool, teachers can leave specific feedback within the text. Simply highlight the text and a pencil icon will appear (blue pencil button on an iPad). Click on the pencil and you can then leave specific comments on anything from a word to a phrase to an entire section of text. Aftward, click save. The student can then view the in-text annotation, but it remains hidden from the public. Note: You cannot leave annotation within an annotation. So, if a word or phrase is highlighted, you cannot highlight it again to add another annotation.
Sharing Posts to Groups
Users can share their posts directly to an audience while publishing.This enables students and teachers to customize the audience and curate the posts to reach specific groups. Note that teachers have control over whether their students can publish publicly and share to public groups from the Manage Students page.
When writing a post, an author can click the green “Share to Group” will be displayed when a student author has selected the privacy level of Classmates or Public (can be disabled). They can select the desired groups and the post will then show up in that Group Feed after the post is published.
Users can also share posts that others have written to groups through the “Share to Group” function.
After a post is published, a user can send the post to a user by clicking on the green “Share to Group” button and click on the checkmark next to the desired group or groups.The post will then show up in that Group Feed.