Week 8: Game preparation
To take part in the game you need the following completed:
- a blog avatar and a user avatar
- an ‘about me’ PAGE not post
- a clustrmap or flag counter widget
- at least three 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
- your ‘Recent Posts’ widget on the sidebar with 10 posts as the choice
- Your ‘Pages’ widget on the sidebar
- at least 10 student and/or classes linked on your blogroll
- at least three overseas blogs linked on your blogroll
The more overseas links you have, the more interesting the game will be. If you are not using Edublogs, have many of these things visible, maybe as links on a post.
Many of you are getting ready for exams or in Australia, NAPLAN testing.
How do you prepare for these exams or tests?
You go back over what you have already learnt that year. You make sure you are up-to-date with your notes. You check with friends or a teacher that you understand how to sit a test.
Well, this week, you are going to cover all that but with regard to your blog. It is going to be a revision week to make sure you are up-to-date with all the things you should have done on your blog.
Preparation for week 10 evaluation
Over the first seven weeks, let’s look at what you could have done on your blog:
- Registered for the challenge as either an individual or a class – checked you were on the list
- Changed the theme of your blog
- Looked at ‘About’ pages and created your own
- Posted about why students or classes should visit your blog
- Left comments on other student blogs and recommended at least three to visit
- Introduced your class or school to the world
- Created avatars
- Uploaded comment and blog avatars
- Linked your avatar to your blog URL
- Slideshow of avatars created
- Classes looked at commenting guidelines
- Classes thought about ways to involve parents
- Added tracking widgets to your sidebar
- Written in another language
- Added translation widget
- Posted about global activities
- Wrote about Earth Hour
- Commented on blogs from other countries
- Culture and celebrations from other countries
- Created blogroll categories
- Added links to blogroll
- Created tags and post categories
- Post about your community
- Created a poll about your country
- Finding out about creative commons and using images on your blog posts
- Learnt about giving attribution and uploading images to your posts
- Wrote a post about your favourite colour
- Used different web 2.0 tools to edit images
- Zoomed out from an image
- Created an image sentence
- Wrote a post about an image
- Created an animated photo show
- Used many web 2.0 tools to be creative
- Looked at work, past, present and future
- Wrote about global challenges affecting us all in particular water.
Students and classes
Activity 1 – It’s a testing time
Write a post using a persuasive style of writing. You might like to use glogster to create a poster. Maybe wallwisher to get ideas from other students before you write your post.
Topics might include:
- That mobile phones should be used in classrooms
- That all students should have a personal blog from Grade 6 onwards
- That all classes should have a class blog
- That national or statewide testing has no valuable purpose for the student
- A topic of your own choice
Activity 2 – Learning time
Think about something important you have learned outside of school – remember we should all be life long learners not just learners while at school. How did you learn it? Why is it important to you? Who or what taught you about it? How has this learning helped you in your life?
Activity 3 – Watch video and write post about your digital footprint
Watch this video, thinking about what might be included on your digital dossier or digital footprint.
- What sites have you joined on the internet?
- How much information did you give them when you joined?
- Have you filled in more than the *asterisk questions?
Google your name or nickname but include your town as well.
- What did you find?
- Are you on the web for sports teams, named in newspapers and where else?
- How many cookies or footprints are you leaving behind?