Activity 6 – Themes

El patito feoBefore you start week 2 activities, check the list below to make sure you have completed week 1.

  • Know how to login from your own blog, your class blog and this student bloggers blog and how to get to your dashboard .
  • You have updated your profile and changed your original password.
  • You have at least two other users called administrators or teachers on your blog.
  • Added mum or dad if they want to be an administrator – so this is optional – see activity 3 for instructions
  • You have installed the plugin called compfight.
  • You have created a page all about yourself.
  • You have left a comment on 2 posts – the basics and all about me.

WOW! You have worked hard in the first week of this course. To check if I have marked your work, in the header is a page called work finished. Green means I have marked it and it is correct, yellow means you still need to do some work on it, white I have not checked yet. I will be marking your work every weekend, so remember you can work on it at home or at school if your teacher gives you time.  I will also be running an online classroom on Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 1.30 till 3pm for any students or teachers wanting help with blogging. The link is on the sidebar under get help here.

Activity 6 – Choosing a theme

This is an activity that could take you ages to do. There are over 140 themes to choose from.  So before you start fiddling with themes, think about what you want your blog’s appearance to look like.

  • Do you want 1 sidebar or 2 sidebars?
  • Do you want to be able to change the picture in the header?
  • Do you want a tagline?
  • Do you want pages mentioned in the header?

Sue Waters, one of the managers at Edublogs, has written a post grouping themes according to what they can offer you. Check out her post then look at some examples of student blogs below. Also check out the widgets in their sidebars. Take note of any you would like on your blog.

Caitlin uses Cordoba Green Park, Lauren uses Bouquet, Adena uses  Bluebird, Cole uses Mandigo, Elysa uses greenery, Jacob uses Misty Look, Jenna uses Brand New Day, Kehana uses Notepad Chaos, Kyle uses Mystique, Liam uses TerraFirma, Bianca uses Ocean Mist, Bronte uses Twenty Ten, Brooklyn uses Pink Kupy, Jacob uses Grassland, Lily uses borderline chaos, May uses Blak Magik

To change your theme:

Step 1. Blog dashboard, go to appearance then themes

Step 2. Look for one you like then click live preview underneath. If you want this, now click the big blue save and activate button. If you want to choose another click cancel instead.

Step 3. To customise your theme go to appearance and check which options are available for you to change. Sometimes you can change the background image or colour. You might be able to change the header image or colour.  If changing a header image, make sure you write down the number of pixels eg 1200x 450 so you can create your own image the right size in paint or an image editing program.


You can change your theme as often as you like, but each time check for widgets that might have changed.

 Leave a comment telling me three themes you liked and why you chose the one you have used.
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Julen Landa via Compfight