Scotty has a blogging goal and this week’s activity could help him achieve it.
I am not sure how many of you have been out and about visiting other blogs and leaving quality comments. But that is the idea of this week’s game.
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. Remember to include the URL of your blog, so that person can visit you as well.
Teachers: If you are moderating student comments, please make sure you are up-to-date with that this week as students can be very disappointed when they think they have no comments, yet many are in the moderation queue ready to be published.
Students: Make sure you are also replying to any comments that have been left for you.
Do this activity at least three timesand 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.
Get to it – start visiting and leaving quality comments that show you have read the post.
How many quality comments could you leave this week? Can you leave 10, 20 or maybe 50?
Write a post about the commenting you have done this week or throughout the challenge so far.
What have you enjoyed about commenting?
What is annoying about commenting?
How have you found interesting posts to comment on?
Are your posts getting lots of quality comments? Why or why not?
Create a list of great comment starters to help new students to blogging. There are some lists on the web but try to create your own. Here are a couple of examples from Anne Davis:
Another thing to consider is…….
I can relate to this…….
This makes me think of…….
Write a post then write 5 great comments as part of the post – use some interesting comment starters for each comment.
Here are some posts from last week that couldn’t be flipped:
Once you have finished your work at school, you can often go and play with something in the room.
But let’s also think about people with unusual jobs – what did they do for play or relaxation?
I think about my great great grandfather who was a whaling captain in the 1870’s. He was stuck on a boat with thirty other men, maybe his wife and a child was also on board. What sort of things did the sailors do for relaxation out in the middle of the ocean?
Here in Australia we are thinking about the soldiers of the Great War – World War 1. If they weren’t fighting in the trenches or charging across the open ground, what could they do for relaxation? If they had been injured and were recuperating in a hospital tent, what could they be doing?
Activities to choose from:
1. Research board games – when, where and why were they invented?
2. Create a new game for someone to de-stress from their lifestyle.
3. Your family are stranded on a deserted island, with nothing but your clothes. How will you entertain yourselves?
4. Research ball games around the world – find out the rules and then try playing something similar at school or home. How did it go?
5. Find out the ways soldiers and sea captains used to relax over 100 years ago.
6. The electricity grid went out in your country. What would change in your lifestyle? How would you relax?
7. Survey class members about games they have at home. Are you going to include computer games? Create some interesting graphs about results.
8. Find an image that has a relaxing feel to it. Write a poem remembering to give attribution correctly.
Make sure you are ready for our game in a week or so. To take part in this game, all classes and students will need the following:
a user avatar if possible
an ‘about me’ PAGE if using Edublogs or a post if using other platforms
a clustrmap or flag counter widget – if your clustrmap is greyed out, check my post here to fix it if using Edublogs widget
at least four interesting posts – could be topics of your choice not necessarily from the challenge
your ‘Recent Comments’ widget on the sidebar with 10 comments as the choice – Edublogs
your ‘Recent Posts’ widget on the sidebar with 10 posts as the choice – Edublogs
Your ‘Pages’ widget on the sidebar or pages in the header – Edublogs
at least 10 student and/or classes linked on your blogroll
at least three overseas blogs on your blogroll
posts tagged or categorized to make it easier to find interesting posts on each blog
the more students or classes you have linked on your blog, the more fun the game will be
The most important of these are the links to other student blogs on your sidebar. Try to have a couple of different headings like
Having lots of links to student blogs from other countries will help spread the game.
Check out Kendall’s right sidebar – she has a list called Blogroll which are her classmates but she also has a list called Blogging Challenge and these are other blogs she visits regularly
Olivia, who has taken part in the challenges over three years, has some great lists of links on her blog – blogroll, class blogs, family and friends, my followers. She also has links to classmates in blogroll in the header of her blog.
Still have time left this week:
Then keep visiting other student blogs and leave great comments including your blog URL. Find some interesting bloggers then add them to your sidebar links. Write some posts about great blogs you have visited, include a link to that blog in your post.
Read the flipboard magazine to visit bloggers who are writing great posts and are then leaving comments on Miss W’s challenge posts. Students with Edublogs free blogs can’t have posts flipped into the magazine, so they are being mentioned on each week’s posts instead.
Check out these blogs
Clara has only just joined the challenge - check out the background, header image and title (all related to what Clara enjoys). She also has some great posts but unfortunately they can’t be flipped into our magazine.
The young students from Grand Atlas blog in Algeria have been visiting lots of other blogs and they would like you to visit them. They have left some great comments on many other blogs around the world.
Mr Helpern’s class have a category for each student – check out their great posts by clicking on their name.
Why not visit lots of these links during your holiday or break and write a post about the new sites you enjoyed. Remember to include a link in your post somewhere so others can find the site easily from your post.
Remember to still check out the links on the sidebar of the challenge blog as well as the Get Help links if using blogspot or kidblog.
This post is going to be for a three week period as schools in Australia are on Easter break soon. The next official post will be on Sunday 19th April. I will do a fun post in between with some great sites to visit.
But our topic this week is favourites. This will give you a fantastic choice for posts.
It will also mean you might get your post(s) added to the Flipboard magazine if your post includes:
at least three paragraphs if you are 11 or older; two paragraphs if younger than that
an image or video or music with correct attribution
a title that grabs the attention of the readers
at least one link to another website so readers can build on the information you have written
a question for readers to answer
Try to use some new tools mentioned in the sidebar of the challenge blog. Leave a comment on this post if there are some tools you use often that I should be adding there. Tell me if it is a web tool or an app so I can separate the lists.
Remember I only know if you have completed a post, if you come back here and leave me a comment with a link to your post. Take note of the difference here:
URL of blog: http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/
I have to search to find your post especially if I want to use as an example next set of challenges.
URL of post: http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/2015/03/22/week-4-lets-join-globally/
This takes me straight to the post – you might need to wait until your teacher has moderated your post before leaving the comment on my challenge blog.
Many older studentsdon’t have mentors but would love some visitors. So I am highlighting some class blogs that have lists of student blogs in their sidebars. Please take the time to visit and leave comments on both the class and student blogs. This is thanks to Madeline who left me a comment about this.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE MENTORS
Remember, I will be deleting any students who have mentors already allocated over the Easter break if:
there is no About Me page or post visible – make sure the pages widget is in your sidebar if your pages don’t appear up in your header area
there is not at least two other posts related to the challenge activities
no comments can be left – country in pink
you haven’t been commenting back to your mentor
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE
I have now created the flipboard magazine for this set of challenges. I will only be adding posts that:
are written in paragraphs
have been proofread
include an image, sound or video with attribution
So make sure you have taken note of last week’s learning about creative commons.
The last couple of months have had many international special days or events happening. How many have you taken part in at either school or at home?
This Saturday is one I take part in each year – Earth Hour.
Check out their video for the 2015 event
Now add an image to a widget on your blog sidebar – you might need to change the size to 200 by 200
Check out the starter kit for banners, logos and posters. Teachers might get some ideas from the guides to use in class during the week.
Find out what is happening in your country and in other countries around the world.
Activities for this week are all to do with the globe or the world we live in.
Join our Free Rice group called Student Blogging Challenge or create one for your class. Every answer you get right, means 10 grains of rice donated to the World Food Programme. Since October 2011, we have had 86 students join and donate 116, 300 grains of rice. I wonder how many we could have by the end of Easter? Can you add a widget to Free Rice on your blog?
Write a list of international events you have taken part in since Christmas 2014. What were they celebrating? What did you do to celebrate?
Visit at least 5 blogs from countries other than your own. Leave a comment on a post at each blog. Now write your own post including the comment you have left and linking to each post you commented on.
If you could create an international event, what would it be called? What would we be celebrating? Create some of the advertising material you might use – eg logo, banner, image, flyer
Think of a special celebration in one country of the world. Find three images of the event. Under each image, give a clue as to the event.
On the final line, write a bit more about the event for your visitors to read. Include a link to another website giving more information on the event. Remember to include attribution for each image and perhaps a question for your readers to answer.
Write about one special event you have taken part in. It might be an educational global event or an international event from the United Nations or a special event from your country. Find an image to add to your post. Remember to use attribution correctly. Include a link to another website giving more information on the event.
Add at least five international blogs to your blogroll or links ready for a game we will hold after Easter. If you can’t add links on your blog, add them in a post instead.
What are some games or apps you use that relate to global studies or geography of the world? Include a link to the website or app.
What could you, your class, your school, your town do to help with the climate change problem for more than the one hour on Saturday 28 March 2015?
Previous week’s activities: Visit and leave quality comments
Eagle Wordsmiths have a question for students or classes in each country in the challenge. Please answer their questions.
Thanks to all those students, teachers and mentors who have been checking the student list for students mentioned more than once. If you haven’t checked yet, please make sure you are only listed once.
Also we still have some mentors not able to leave comments especially on those blogs from blogger or blogspot. Make sure you have Name/URL as an option when leaving comments.
Teachers: here is a lot of information regarding images, creative commons and copyright which you can use with your students or to refresh yourself about what is acceptable or not on public blogs. Also one of our mentors in 2014, Maria, has put together some lists with great tools when using images and audio. The Edublogger also has a post on free image sources.
This week’s activities are going to be fun but first there are some things you need to know so please read carefully.
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? Can’t I use anything when I google an image?
No, your blog is public so you must use creative commons images, sounds, music and videos.
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.
Teachers: A fantastic guide to copyright, fair use and creative commons has been written by Ronnie Burt and I would suggest you read this to understand more about using images, music and video on your blogs. Also includes what might happen if you use an image etc incorrectly.
Larry Ferlazzo also has a great “Best List for images” that you might want to check out as well.
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.
Maria, a mentor from 2014 and also helping this year, created some lists of tools to use with images and audio.
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. Include words such as attribution, share alike, licences and derivatives to show you understand what the video was about. Do some more research on the topic and perhaps create your own class video about using images, music and videos in class.
This video is the reaction of students in Mrs Yollis’ class when she mislabelled their artwork. How would you have felt?
Activity 2. Check out this story using remix and fair use of video. What was interesting, positive or negative about it? Could you and your friends create a 20 second video using remix and fair use? Mrs Miller’s class left some comments on her blog about creative commons
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. Here is Fernando’s example, Samantha is confused
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 postif you want me to visit and finish your story. Check out Kat’s story and endings, Ghost Soldier began his 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 give the correct attribution or take the image out of the post if it does not have the right creative commons license. Check out where Holly found her image, Samudra also wrote a great post,
Activity 11.Create a jigsaw from your image. Check out how Mrs Schmidt’s students did this for a previous activity including a tutorial from Mrs Schmidt.
Activity 12.Write a post about different websites to find creative commons images. Are there any widgets you can add to your blog to make this easier?
Visit a mentor:This is for the students at high school or older as it looks at selfies. Elementary (primary) or middle school students comment about robots here.
Previous week’s activities: Visit and leave quality comments
About me pages – Melinda had some great things you should know about her, Sydney wrote about Cassie using a Wordle, Bryce wrote about Jonah, Harlee, Evan wrote about Erica, Charles wrote about Isabelle, Alexis wrote about Tatum,
Students– Check to see if you have a mentor assigned to you. Remember to check your comments and reply to any left by your mentor. Their first comment will probably be on your first post or your about me page that you created last week in the challenge. You might also need to check your spam folder.
Also check to see you are only mentioned once on the spreadsheet. Do this by using CTRL F and typing in your name. It will then allow you to scroll through to find out if you are mentioned more than once. Leave me a comment mentioning your name and URL and how many times you are on the list.
Classes – Please start making connections with other classes of a similar age or subject area in the higher grades. If you find a link on the spreadsheet that goes to a student blog rather than a class blog, please email me so I can take it off the list. Remember to leave a link on challenge posts once you have completed one of the activities for that post. I will visit to leave comment and also add you as a possible example for the next challenge in September.
OK, what did you learn while reading the blog and listening to Mrs Yollis and her students tell you about how to write great comments? If your school didn’t allow you to go to her post, I have included the video at the bottom of this post. I have also included a video for high school students about commenting. Teachers: a link to teaching quality commenting including more videos and information.
Let’s start talking online
It has been great to see a number of students and classes starting to visit other blogs and leave comments. Which of the following comments would you prefer to find on your blog?
this is a great blog. i like Katy Perry too. plz visit my blog at ……………..
G’day John, I enjoyed reading your post about Talk like a Pirate Day. We also did that in our class. We dressed as pirates, spoke using pirate terms, but also found out there are still pirates roaming the seas even in modern times. Do you know how they are different to the old time pirates? Visit our class blog to read what we found out. ……………. Miss Wyatt
Activity 1: Write a post, create a video or create a poster about commenting.
Might be tips to get more visitors, guidelines for acceptable comments on your blog, examples of good and bad comments – think outside the square. Remember you don’t have to approve all comments. It is your blog; send some to the trash and if it is a company trying to get you to visit their blog to buy something, then label it as spam.
Activity 2:Write a really interesting post that you think will get lots of comments.
Often writing about one of your passions will get lots of comments, so will something controversial where your readers could agree or disagree with your opinion. Remember to end with a question so your readers can give an answer. If you are on Twitter use the hashtag #stubc15 to mention your post. Otherwise leave a comment on this challenge post so I can add it to twitter.
Activity 3:Have a family member write a post for you to add to your blog.
They could write it and email or post it to you. Does this post attract more visitors or family members leaving comments? One family member regularly blogs on Mrs Yollis’ blog – Where is nonno?
Activity 4: Write a post about the overseas blogs you have commented on.
We have over 35 countries represented in our class and student blogging participants. Visit some of them, read their posts and leave a quality comment. Why did you choose that blog and particular post?
Here are the countries from classes and students participating in this challenge: USA, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, China, Bangladesh, Canada, UAE, Russia, Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Spain, Indonesia, Vietnam, Madagascar, Japan, Italy, Marshall Islands, Turkey, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Sweden, Armenia, South Africa, Romania, Georgia, Bahrain, Kenya, Nigeria, India, Guam, Uganda, Brazil, Norway, Honduras, Algeria . You will need to search the lists to find them – any that have bright pink countries means you might not be able to read posts or leave comments.
Activity 5: Adding great blogs to your blogroll
Now you have started visiting other blogs, there might be some you want to visit often. Instead of having to go to the student participation page each time, you can add them as links on the sidebar of your blog. If using Edublogs Pro or campus with My Class activated, in your dashboard> appearance> widgets> drag across Class blogs to your sidebar. Change the number to 30 or however many in your class.
PS Students using Kidblog might have to write a post including the links as I don’t think you can have a blogroll on your own sidebar.
To make it easy for visitors to find the blogs of your classmates and friends you need to add their link on your blogroll.
If using Edublogs or campus and you want to add classmates, overseas blogs or links to other websites you use often like mathletics, reading eggs etc then dashboard> appearance> widgets> links or blogroll
If you want to group your links, then use link categories. These might be ‘Overseas friends’ or for links about your hobbies you might need a category for ‘Cricket’ or ‘Tasmanian Devils’ or ‘Online Games’.
To create these link categories, go to dashboard> links> Link Categories> put in the name of a category and save.
Back to your dashboard> links> add new link. Fill in the name of the person or website, then under web address put in the URL of their blog. Remember to include the http:// part. Choose which category you want the link to be under then click add link.
Activity 6: Learn some HTML code to include a link in a comment or to improve the look of a comment.
Mrs Yollis explains this in her post link above. Might be a way to include a link to your blog whenever you leave a comment. On my challenge blog, I have a post called do not publish and this is where I keep HTML code to help with my blog URL at the end of a comment. You might want to leave a comment on this post and tell me what you have found interesting about commenting. Use some HTML code in your comment. If <b> doesn’t work try <strong> instead.
Activity 7: What makes a great conversation in the comment area?
These are threaded comments where the reader clicks on reply underneath the first comment – this is then indented slightly and the next reply is indented further. Some themes are good for 5 threads while other themes you might end up with only one word on each line on the 5th thread. To change the number of threads go to dashboard> settings> discussion and change to whatever number you want from 1-10
Do you have to answer every comment? That is up to you. Some comments allow for a great conversation while others might just need a “Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog.”
How do you know if someone has answered your comment on their blog? When you leave a comment on a blog, there might be a tick box about notify me by email. Click on that box and you will be notified every time someone leaves a comment on that post. You can easily unsubscribe later if you want to stop having the emails, by checking the bottom of the email where there should be an unsubscribe link.
Activity 8: Add a widget to find out where your readers are coming from.
There are many different widgets you can use – clustrmaps, flag counter, feedjit Have you seen any others while visiting blogs of other students? Maybe you could write a post about why you chose the reader widget you have put on your blog. Remember you might get lots of readers, but not everyone is comfortable leaving a comment.
Activity 9. Questions in a post
Write a post asking questions about one country mentioned in activity 4. Have at least 6 questions in your post. If your questions are interesting you might get lots of comments. Remember to tweet about it or leave a comment on this post, so I can tweet. #stubc15
Each week I would like you to visit a mentor and comment
I hope you all enjoy the activities to choose from each week.
Teachers – remember you can adapt the activities to suit what is happening in your class at that time or you can cut and paste parts of it on to your class blog. Just remember to give credit where you found the ideas by linking back to the challenge post somewhere on your post.
Students- Each week there will be lots of activities to choose from. You don’t have to complete them all. But by Easter, your mentor or I must see your ‘About Me’ page or post as well as two other posts relating to the challenge. If they can not be found, your name will be taken off the list of students participating, especially if you have been given a mentor.
Mentors – they are there to give you some clues about blogging, reminding you of the challenge as well as carrying on conversations in your posts. Remember to read and reply to their comments politely and in a timely fashion.
Admin for week 1
Check that your name appears only once on the list of participating students. Leave a comment on that page if I need to remove your name from the list – give me your name, URL and age so I can find you easily.
If all the students in your class have blogs and your teacher has a section called ‘My class’, you should have a widget called ‘Class blogs’. Make sure this is on your sidebar.
Add the challenge badge to your sidebar – here is link explaining how to do that.
Can visitors leave comments on your blog posts? If your country is in bright pink, then you might need to change your privacy settings. Check this post for how to do this using Edublogs, Blogger and Kidblog.
Let’s start the activities
Whenever you meet a new person or join a group, there are three things you will most likely do.
Look at the outside view of the person – do they look like the type of person you would enjoy being with?
Then you would go deeper by asking some basic questions about the person and their interests.
Finally, you would connect through shared interests.
We are going to cover those three things this week by creating an avatar to represent our outside view, create our about me page to show your visitors the type of person you are and your interests then you are going searching for other students your age who also have similar interests.
Activity 1: Here is a link to the post I use with my online students when they create their user avatars. This includes some great websites for creating avatars. Create your user avatar. Save it to your own computer drive as a jpeg file format no larger than 200 x 200 pixels. You might need to crop and resize.
If using Edublogs, check here. If using blogspot, check here. If using kidblog, check here. Teacher might need to change some settings in Kidblog to allow students to add own avatars.
Activity 2:Create a series of avatars to represent your family members. Use different avatar websites depending upon the person’s interests. Write a post about your family and include the avatar for each person. Remember – be internet safe, no personal information.
Activity 3: Class activity
As a class create a slideshow of your user avatars or add them to your header area. Below is an old example using animoto. Or check out how to customize your header – here is a post by Mrs Smith about creating avatars – using shapes,
This was my very first Animoto created back in 2009. Look at the list of tools on the sidebar for other slideshow creators.
Activity 4:Write a post describing your avatar. How much does it look like you? What sort of personality does your avatar have? What makes it typically you? Remember to include your avatar as an image in your post.
Activity 5:What are some apps or other websites you could use to create an avatar? Tell me about them, costs, age to use etc Maybe write a tutorial telling how to create the avatar on that website or app.
About me page or post
Activity 6:Create your own About Me page or post. Be careful about how much personal information you include. Try to be creative in both your words like Felix, or by including visuals like Warrior Kat. More students to check out: Nicole, Kendall, Tina,
Write a poem
Write an A-Z paragraph eg I am an athletic, yet brainy child who decided that saving the environment is one of my future goals.
If using Edublogs, below are instructions for creating your page. If using blogspot, check here. If using weebly, check here. If using Kidblog, you will need to write a post.
Login to your blog, go to the dashboard>pages>add new
Change the title to About Me or something similar.
If you only have one row of icons above the box, click on the last icon called the kitchen sink or toggle. This opens a second row which allows you to change font colours.
In the box, write a bit about yourself remembering to be internet safe. Make sure you have checked out the pages from other students mentioned – many of them have been blogging for a while.
When you have finished click the big button on the right side of your screen – probably says update or send for review.
Once you have saved your about me page, go back and delete the sample page.
If your theme doesn’t show pages in the header area, then you will need to go to dashboard> appearance> widgets and drag across the Pages one to your sidebar.
Activity 7: What are some apps or websites you could use to create something interesting to add to your About me page? Tell me about them, costs, age to use etc Perhaps a word cloud or glogster – brainstorm as a class.
One important aspect of blogging is commenting on other blogs. Classes and student participants are grouped according to similar ages. Visit some other blogs, read posts, get ideas from them, leave a comment. Make sure you include your blog URL so they can come to visit your blog.
Activity 9: Are there other students your age with similar interests to you? Visit them and leave a comment on a post or their about me page.
Most students will also have a mentor who will be leaving comments. Make sure you read their comments and reply back to them. In fact, you should reply back to any interesting comments you receive – that is how conversations get started.
Leave a comment on this blog post when you have finished your activity or activities for this week. What activity did you do? Why? What did you enjoy about doing the activity? What else could we do regarding about me pages and avatars. Remember to include your blog URL so I can come to visit you and leave a comment on your post.
The next student and class blogging challenge starts next week on Sunday 1 March 2015.
Why do we need mentors in the blogging challenge?
When I first began the challenge back in 2008, there were only about 200 students taking part and I could visit each of them three times over the ten week period.
But in the last few challenges, there have been over 1300 students and there was no way I could visit them regularly. So in 2010 I started asking people in education to mentor a small group 20-30 students over the ten week period of September to November or March to May.
If you register to be a mentor, please keep checking back on this postas I will allocate the students to you and mention in your comment reply who you will be visiting. I will also send you an email reminding you about checking this post early in the challenge.
As students have already registered, I will be allocating mentors immediately so please keep checking out the student participant’s page in the main header above to find out who you are mentoring.
Who can be a mentor?
classroom teacher or homeschool teacher
principal or senior staff or faculty members
students who have taken part in at least two sets of previous challenges
educational coaches or trainers
regular blogger about educational matters
What do you do if you are a mentor?
Visit your allocated student blogs at least three times throughout the challenge
Leave comments on posts written by the students
Continue conversations in the comments
Remind them about visiting the main blogging challenge page each week
Contact me by email or a comment if having concerns or problems (contact is on right sidebar)
So you have read the above and have decided you have the time to visit the student blogs, now it is time to register.
In a comment below, mention the following:
A short bio of yourself including some interests
Link to your own blog, especially a class blog or your personal blog – allows me to check validity as an educator