Challenge 2: My Place

Last week we learnt all about you – your interests, your favourite foods, music and lots of other things when you wrote your ‘About’ page. This week we are going to learn all about the area in which you live.

As many of you know, I will be visiting the USA and Canada (in fact I am in California now). When you write your posts or use web 2.0 tools, remember to be internet safe and not give away any personal information. Check with your teacher or parent, to find out if you can mention your school name or town.

But firstly, a few administration pointers.

Please check to make sure you have the following widgets visible on your blog’s sidebar: blog avatar, pages, recent comments, recent posts, blogroll or links, categories. If not using Edublogs, the names of these widgets might be different.

Have you made sure you are getting an email whenever someone leaves a comment on your blog so you can moderate this? It can be annoying for your mentor to go to your blog and find no comments have been approved for the last month or so.

In your profile page, do you have your blog URL included? – this links to your name for when you leave a comment.

Now let’s get to the activities.

Activity 1. Add a widget to find out where your commenters 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  commenter widget you have put on your blog.

Activity 2. Add one or more widgets about your area of the world

This might include a clock or weather or a translator widget in case students who don’t speak your language can translate your post.

When adding widgets to your sidebar, copy and paste the embed code into a text box on your sidebar.

  • Save then close.
  • If the widget is too wide, you will have to adjust the number next to ‘width’ in the embed code.
  • This might appear more than once in the code.

If using blogger rather than Edublogs, you might need to check out the instructions for adding widgets and images etc from Bling For Your Blog, written by a teacher in New Zealand. Thanks Allanah.

If your blog is an Edublogs free blog, you might not be able to put all the widgets in your sidebar.

Activity 3. Write a post about a tourist attraction in the following  states or provinces.

Miss W and Mr Davo Devil will be visiting these states and provinces: California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and back to California. They enjoy visiting national parks and historical places. Where would you suggest they go while in those states and provinces? Suggest a tourist attraction in at least 5 places.

Activity 4. A year in your town

Write a post, create a glogster, make an audioboo tape, create a Storybird or add a Voki telling Miss W about the festivals held in your town throughout the year. Which festivals do you enjoy the most and why? When are the festivals held in case she can visit one while she is travelling? If under 13, check with your teacher or parent if you want to use a web 2.0 tool rather than writing a post in your blog.

Activity 5. Visit other participants and ask questions

Visit at least five other blogs from students or classes around the world and ask some questions in your comments. We have participants from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Russia, Colombia, Taiwan, Greece and Indonesia taking part in the challenge.

Activity 6. Questions in a post

Write a post asking questions about the different countries mentioned in activity 5. Have at least 6 questions in your post.

Activity 7. Where I would love to visit and why

Write a post or use a web 2.0 tool telling your readers about a place you would love to visit and why. Try to include some hyperlinks (links that are underlined in your post and take your readers to another website)

Activity 8. Create a game or quiz about your town, state or country

A few places to do this include: Quiz Revolution, Class Tools,  Remember to check with your teacher or parent before using these web 2.0 tools. Sometimes your teacher or parent will create an account that is moderated by them and is therefore safe for students to use. Do you know any other places to create games and quizzes?

Copy this trackback link in any posts you write about these activities: Challenge 2 Sept 2011  so I will know to visit your blog and read your post or else leave a comment on this post directing me to your blog.


Image: ‘party in the sky


164 thoughts on “Challenge 2: My Place

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  2. American tourist attractions:
    • Arizona- Grand Canyon
    • Washington D.C.- National mall, Memorial Parks
    • New York- Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Niagara Falls
    • South Dakota- Mount Rushmore
    • Texas- San Antonio River walk

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  3. Hi Miss W
    I did two things
    Activity 1
    I put a cluster map on my blog
    Activity 2
    I put a google translator on my blog as well
    Activity 8
    I have not done it but you can also use Microsoft powerpoint to do a quiz

  4. Hi Miss W:
    Wow, this is a great challenge and I am so excited to get started! I have learnt so much already and it keeps getting better!
    Thanks Miss W

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    • Hi Sarah,
      No if you already have done some of the activities you don’t have to do them a second time. You can pick and choose which activities to complete each week.

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    I would really like to go to California. I want to play in the ocean, and look at the different types of stores, or maybe even find some celebreties. Also, California is never cold and always sunny, so it’s warm weather day and night!

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  55. Miss W,
    Here is my website But I also need some help. In challenge 2, we were supposed to get a weather and clock widget, and make a quiz. Well I found and did each of these things, but I’m having trouble embeding them into my blog. Because there are no specific widgits for each of these things, how do I get them on there? I have asked other students around the world, but none have gotten back to me. Thanks!

    • G’day Morgan,
      It depends if you have a free Edublogs blog or not. Usually you drag a text box widget onto your sidebar and put the embed code in the box, save it then close it. See if that helps.

  56. Activity #3
    Ohio-cedar piont is a large amusement park that’s WAY better than 6 flags.

    Activity #7
    Iwould love to live in Paris next to the eiffel tower because i can look out my window and be reminded that I’m lucky to live there.

  57. I completed activity one and two but for activity one do we have to write a post about why we chose the commenter widget we chose or is that an option.

    • Bryan,
      I am writing this comment from Kamloops in British Columbia in Canada while on holidays. All the activities are optional – do part of an activity or do the whole activity – just enjoy your blogging.

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