This is our penultimate week of the challenge this year. It is time for you to show off the skills you have learnt over the past eight weeks of the challenge.
What could you have learned if you did every challenge?
Week 1 – blogging terminology, post/page, about me page, avatars, uploading to blog, creating a slideshow or customizing your header
Week 2 – finding your way round a blog, commenting skills, adding HTML in comments, HTML code for your URL in a comment, commenting guidelines, getting family and friends involved in your blog, adding blogs to your blogroll, adding widgets to your sidebar
Week 3 – creating and embedding a quiz, visiting overseas blogs, commenting on other student/class blogs
Week 4 – digital footprint, googling yourself, Blog Action Day 2014
Week 5 – adding images and videos, creative commons, attribution, ways to create your own images, make a jigsaw puzzle from an image, tags and categories
Week 6 – new tools like Powtoon, changing themes for a celebration, customising header, countdown widgets
Week 7 – flipboard magazine, creating polls, interviewing relatives for posts, connecting with other schools
Week 8 – visiting blogs game, nominating great blogs for awards
The one and only activity for the next two weeks:
Write a post on a global issue you would like to help solve
I chose this topic because I have just spent 5 days attending a fantastic online conference about global education #globaled14. Check the hashtag for some great links to use for your challenge post.
Having read many of your posts, I came up with the following essentials in a great post.
includes at least two visuals whether photo, cartoon, video or another web 2.0 tool like padlet, glogster, wordle etc
interesting topic with the passion of the author coming through, shows well researched topic
well written and not copy/pasted from somewhere else
shows it has been proofread and spellchecked
written in paragraphs – at least three of them
includes links to other websites on similar topics – at least two of these
attribution for any images, video, music or clip art used – including those used in slideshows etc
Here are some examples of great posts from last challenge:
We are now into week 8 of the challenge and it is time to make sure you have been visiting lots of blogs. In fact I am publishing this post earlier than normal so you have extra time to get organized for the game and to visit lots of other blogs.
Before you start, please make sure you have at least 5 other student blogs linked on the sidebar of your blog or in a recent post that your visitors can find easily. Make sure these are blogs from other students around the world, not just those in your class or school. Perhaps have a blogroll or link category called Global students or Global classes. Here is how to add a blogroll if using Edublogs or Blogger. If using Kidblog write a post mentioning at least 5 great blogs you enjoy visiting.
Game week is all about visiting other blogs.
Student and class blogs – new bloggers and old hands at the blogging – mentors as well as participants.
Remember one of the main aims of blogging includes commenting and carrying on conversations with the author of posts and their other readers.
A good commenter will have:
read the post carefully,
checked out the links in the post
read the previous comments before they leave one of their own
added to the conversation with a quality comment – remember that video from Mrs Yollis’ class.
This is a game we have run for many challenges and allows you to connect globally.
Those who have taken part in a challenge before know the game of ‘Count Out Three’. Here are the instructions:
now click on a blog from their blogroll – count two
finally click on a blog from that blogroll – count three
Leave a comment on an interesting post at this third blog.
Do this activity at least three times and finally, write your own post saying which blogs you visited and which posts you left a comment on. Why did you choose that post? Remember to include a link back to the post you left a comment on.
Nominate Nominate Nominate
You will notice in the title of this post the word nominate.
Every year at this time, students and classes get a chance to nominate the best student blog and best class blog for this years Edublog Awards. Here is a link to the awards blog, where you will find instructions on how to nominate in each category. Notice you can’t nominate yourself and you can only nominate once in each category. This means you need to really think that person’s blog is the very best that you have been reading this year. Perhaps you could check out the previous winners.
How to find great blogs to nominate:
Check out the student/class lists on the challenge
Read comments from students in the blogging challenge posts and visit their blogs.
Check out posts in the flipboard magazine by clicking on the title of the post to go to their blog.
Once you have nominated
I would like you to write a post telling me who you nominated and why. Then come back here to leave a comment telling me you have written that nomination post.
Notice there is a time limit to when you can get your nomination in.
Next week is our penultimate week for the September challenges.
It will be a chance for you to show what you have learnt about blogging in the last three months. You will be asked to write a post, including an image with attribution, links to at least two other websites where you found your information to use in your post as well as use another web tool. The topic will be set next week. See you then.
It has been great checking out all the celebration themes created on student and class blogs. Remember there are two easy ways to find other blogs to look at.
Check out the comments left here on the challenge blog. They usually have a link to the student blog included. Sometimes you might have to add the http part though.
Or look at our new flipboard magazine for this set of challenges. This is in the sidebar. Teachers: Here is link to post about using flipboard at school. So far I have only included weeks 1 and 2 posts. If you want to be included in the magazine, you need to have left a comment on the appropriate challenge post and have included your post URL correctly.
Blog URL http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org
Post URL http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/2014/10/26/week-6-lets-celebrate/
Now to this week’s activities
Let’s have a look at schooling around the world.
I have included a few videos and links you might like to check to give you ideas for posts.
So what could you do for a post this week?
Create polls about how people get to school or work, or favourite school subject or …..
What is your weekly timetable like, compare with other students – time you start and finish school, number of lessons each day, breaks during the day, days in year you go to school
Choices of subjects at school – remember to explain abbreviations you might use eg LOTE , ELA
Your dream of what you will be doing once you leave school
If you were principal for a week, what would you do? If you were a teacher for a week, what would you do?
Research the history of your school and create an about my school page
Research a famous person who attended your school
Technology in your school
What do you do at break times?
School bell has gone – what do you do now?
Food you eat at school – what is in your lunchbox or your school meal – good activity for taking photos
If you could improve your school, what would you do?
Your ideal school – maybe include a map of what it would look like
How has schooling changed over the last 100 years? Maybe interview parents, grandparents and ask questions about schooling - use soundcloud or audioboom then embed in blog
The view outside your classroom window – maybe explain plants that might be seen, the weather, seasons etc
Hold a debate about uniforms or school starting times or subjects or …..
Anything else that relates to schooling around the world
If you create polls or surveys, make sure you contact me so I can publicize on Twitter to get other classes around the world to join in. Use #14stubc or #globalclassroomif you are doing it yourself.
Larry Ferlazzo has lots of links for activities, games, infographics, slideshows about Christmas, Hannukah and Kwanzaa
Remember, I would like to see your creative blogs once you have finished designing it. Come back here and leave a comment so I can visit your blog. I can only visit if you include the URL of your blog.
Admin:This week I am starting to highlight student names and classes from the participants list, if either I or your mentor feel you have not completed enough challenge posts. I know some classes have been on holidays and fall break, so to stay on the list, you need to have completed the following:
an about me page or post
2 other posts related to challenge activities
I will be highlighting in red those students that I will be deleting next weekend. Anyone who still has the basic blog with no posts at all will be deleted immediately.
Now to this week’s challenge
I have been visiting many blogs over the last few weeks. Some students new to blogging have been writing some great posts while others who have been blogging for a bit longer have started adding videos and images to their posts.
Yes, this week we deal with using images, music and sounds in your posts.
But can’t I use any image, music or sound that is on the internet?
No, you must use creative commons or in some cases the fair use rule.
But where can I find these images, music and sounds?
Sue Waters over at the teacher challenge has written a fantastic post about images, copyright and creative commons. I would suggest you all head over there to read the post. She explains about creative commons and the licences, attribution, how to find images for your blog and how to upload images to your blog. Most of this would be appropriate whether you are using Edublogs, blogger or any other blogging platform. This might be very wordy for some students, but Sue uses lots of images and how to do sections in her posts.
OK I want to use some legal creative commons images and music in my slideshow.Where can I go to get them?
Do you have compfight plugin for your blogging platform? Follow the instructions from Sue Waters’ post.
Other places to get images and music:
You will need to work out how to get the attribution to put on your posts. Check Sue Waters’ post to get more help and more places for images. This post from Edublogs explains how to add media in all its forms to your blog posts or pages. If using blogger, check out the posts from this blog.
Activity 1 Watch this video about sharing work and write a post about what you learned.
Activity 2. Check out this story using remix and fair use of video. Leave a comment belowafter watching the video. What was interesting, positive or negative about it?
Activity 3. Find an image or piece of music. Add it to your post (with attribution) and write a poem relating to the image or music. Invite your readers to write their own poems.
Activity 4. Similar to activity 3. Find an interesting landscape image (include attribution). Write the beginning of a story relating to your image. Remember to include a conflict of some sort between your characters. Invite your readers to finish the story. How many different endings can you get? Which ending do you prefer? You might need to visit some other bloggers and invite them to finish your story. Remember to leave the URL of your post for them to click on. Leave a comment on this post if you want me to visit and finish your story.
Activity 5. Write a sentence using just images – no words. You still need to include attribution for each image you have used.
Activity 6. Find 5 images that create a story – again no words only the attribution for each image.
Activity 7. Create a slideshow, photo gallery or poster about your interests to add to your about me page or as a separate post. Your final slide should include attribution for each image.
Activity 8 – Create your own images and add to a post of your choice. In your post add a link to the website or tool you used to create your image.
Other options for creating your own images include:
Mixing up your images using these types of tools can really spice up your posts! Leave a comment on this post, if you or your class can recommend some other image sites to add to this list.
Activity 9– Zoom out from an image
We first tried this activity in the challenge in September 2010. Choose a picture, and have your readers zoom out, so to speak, by leaving comments. Check out the example from Huzzah who finished their story. If doing this activity, include the word ‘zoom’ in your title so I can find it easily. Remember to give attribution. Most important here is to read previous comments, so you can add to the story.
If you have used images in any previous posts you have written, then you are ethically obliged to go back to the post and give the correct attribution or take the image out of the post if it does not have the right creative commons license.
Activity 11 – Create a jigsaw from your image. Check out how Mrs Schmidt’s students did this for a previous activity. Here is a post from Mrs Schmidt with a tutorial on how to create the jigsaw images.
Activity 12– Tell the story of the picture
From Bill Ferreirae – I sometimes find a picture and tell students to use that picture to come up with a story. It can be about the picture, what happened before, what will happen next, etc. So, here is the image I have chosen for you to start with. Copy the image to your post, then write the story. Remember to give attribution. If you don’t have your own blog, tell your story in a comment here.
One of these rights is to be protected from exploitation – yet child labour is still prevalent in India. Mr Satyarthi founded the Save the Childhood movement known as Bachpan Bachao Andolan. He is a children’s rights activist who fights against child slavery, child trafficking and child bondage which have been common within India. He believes all children have the right to a quality and meaningful education. Read some of these stories of children who have been saved from rug making forced labour. Here is a game about a shoe sweatshop – could you survive?
Another of the rights is to an education – yet in Pakistan the Taliban attempted to assassinate Malala because of her outspokenness regarding the rights of girls to have an education. Despite winning the prize, there are many in Pakistan who believe Malala is a puppet for the Western governments who are anti Islam. Since being shot and recuperating in UK, she has travelled to other countries where girls are often not given the right to an education including Nigeria, where many schoolgirls were kidnapped.
But you ask what can one person alone do to help with inequality around the world?
Malala is one person who is making a difference – and it began with her making a speech and blogging about schooling under the Taliban. She now has an organization helping to spread the word around the world.
Kailash also has an organization now backing him while he works to solve the problem of inequality regarding children in his country.
What am I doing to help solve this problem?
I sponsor a child through World Vision - even though I can’t be there in person, my money can help with building schools, providing safe drinking water, teaching about safe health practices all of which improve the lives of families and hopefully get the children into school rather than walking miles every day to collect water.
I also have about 25 loans at the moment through Kiva – I mainly donate to women who are trying to improve their businesses or start one from the home. This also will then help their family and hopefully allow children to attend school for a good education.
I also have a student blogging challenge group on the Free Rice game where students can win rice that is then donated through the World Food Program to needy people around the world.
What are you and your class doing to help solve the problems of inequality around the world, especially for children?
Part 1is about your digital footprint where you need to visit Mr Bogush’s class blog to find out the activities to try. Remember to leave a comment on his post about the activity you completed and why you chose that activity. Then come back to this post on the student blogging challenge and leave a comment mentioning you have completed a week 4 activity so I can visit your blog to leave a comment.
Part 2 is about BAD14. Are you going to write a post, create a video or take part in Blog Action Day on 16th October? Remember the theme is Inequality. Check out this wordle for some topics you might want to research then write about. Publish your post on 16 October or if your teacher moderates first then publishes, make sure you have your post in early enough.
Part 3 is about commenting. Every time you write a post relating to the blogging challenge activities, remember to visit the appropriate challenge post and leave a comment. That way Miss W can visit your blog to read your post and leave a comment.
Have you been keeping up with the challenge activities?
Have you completed an about me page or post?
Have you written at least two other posts related to the challenge?
Have you been moderating your comments and replying to mentors?
In two weeks time, starting 19th October, I will be removing students off the student list if I feel they haven’t been doing the challenge activities mentioned above. Or if their country is in red still.
We have lots of students who don’t have mentors and have been doing the challenges. They deserve to get a mentor who can help them more with their blogging.
I will also be removing any class blogs that have no posts relating to the challenge at all.
I will keep those that have information posts telling students what to do on their own personal blogs relating to the challenge.
I will keep those where students have been writing posts on class blogs.
If you could get back to me around 19 October (via email) with a list of students in your group who have not completed activities mentioned above, that would help me when removing student names.
Once I have removed the names of non participants, I will then allocate a few more students to your list.
Next weeks activities will relate to digital citizenship and digital footprints and we will also be taking part in a global blogging activity with millions of bloggers around the world.
This is called “Blog Action Day 2014″ and is held every October. The theme for this year is “Inequality” Please visit the blog action day website, register your blog if you are over thirteen, add the badge to your blog sidebar and start researching what you are going to include in your post on the 16th October. For ideas about inequality, visit the websites of the partners mentioned on BAD14 or look at their wordle here.
Many schools have been on holiday or breaks recently or may have only just joined the challenge. So this week does not count as a formal week in the challenge instead it is a time for being creative. Have a go using some of the tools mentioned on the sidebar of the student blogging challenge blog, leave a comment if there is another app or website you would recommend I add to the list.
We want to see or hear your creative masterpiece so you might need to make a screen shot to save as an image to add to your post. Otherwise add a link to where your creative work can be found.
Remember if you are under 13, you will need to get parent and / or teacher permission to use many of them.
Have you checked that your blog URL is on either the class or student list once only? Leave me a comment on this post if I need to change something on the spreadsheet. DON”T register again.
Have you been checking your comments and replying to those that are quality comments?
Have you got a link to your main class blog on your sidebar?
Have you added the challenge badge or mentor badge?
Are you remembering to include the URL of your blog whenever you leave a comment?
Let’s get down to this week’s challenge.
Most schools in Australia and New Zealand will be on holidays at the moment. I will be travelling also for the next two weeks. One place I am visiting is the capital city of Australia, Canberra. There will not be an official post for next week, but I will include some great places to get creative. It will also be a week for classes to catch up on activities if they have missed them.
Miss Wyatt loves history, museums and nature.
Mrs Waters enjoys chocolate, food and popular sights of the area.
If we were to visit the capital city of your country, what are three places you would recommend either of us see?
If we were to visit the capital city of your state or province, what are three places you would recommend?
All countries have their own currency. Research the history of your currency. What was the first type of currency? Which animals and people appear on your currency now and in the past? Write a post relating to currency, maybe include an image of some of yours. You might choose just one note or coin or write a general post, but remember to write in your own words. Here is a great post about wildlife on currency. If we were to visit your country, how much would we get for $100 Australian? How much would a cup of coffee and sandwich cost us? How much would a block of chocolate cost?
Create a quiz about your state, country; this website is good for embedding a quiz. Try my quiz about Tasmania
Reminder that this site is only for thoseover 13 years old. If you know of other websites or apps for creating embeddable quizzes, leave a comment so I can add it to our tools list on the sidebar.
Where would you prefer to live – in a small town in the country or in a big city? Give pros and cons for both
If you could live anywhere in the world, universe or world of books, where would it be and why?
Write a post asking 5 questions about a country for your overseas visitors to answer. eg Where is the best place to view wildlife in your country? Which National Park has the best scenery in your country? Where would you recommend not visiting in your country and why? Remember to ask them to leave the name of the country they are from as well as the URL of their own blog so you can visit them.
Activity 8 – more for middle school, high school students
What makes an Australian/Russian/American etc feel proud of their country? What makes you an Australian/Russian/American etc? Do you have to be born in that country or taken out citizenship of that country? Think about you and your country. Write a post about your feelings about being a citizen of your country. What about dual citizenship? Should you be allowed to hold office (be a politician) if you don’t have citizenship in that country?
Activity relating to 13
Some people believe in superstitions and haunted places. Are there any ghost towns or haunted places in your country? Have you ever visited them? Would you stay overnight in them? Here is a slideshow of some ghost towns around the world.
Still got time left??
Make sure you are visiting lots of other student and class blogs. I have seen some great posts being written and some fantastic conversations starting to happen.
Remember to leave a comment on this post when you have finished an activity. That way I can visit your blog and leave a comment.