Week 1: Let’s talk about us

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Welcome to the 14th student blogging challenge.

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

  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.
  2. 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.
  3. Add the challenge badge to your sidebar – here is link explaining how to do that.
  4. 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.

  1. Look at the outside view of the person – do they look like the type of person you would enjoy being with?
  2. Then you would go deeper by asking some basic questions about the person and their interests.
  3. 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.

Creating  avatars:

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.
  • Create a video like our mentor Dinah has done
  • Create a list of things people might not know about you like Ms Herring has done
  • Write a Who am I like Mrs Keane or Mrs Lyttle
  • Students in Ireland paired up to create their about us page, Ms Seitz’ class did the same

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.

  1. Login to your blog, go to the dashboard>pages>add new
  2. Change the title to About Me or something similar.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. When you have finished click the big  button on the right side of your screen – probably says update or send for review.
  6. Once you have saved your about me page, go back and delete the sample page.
  7. 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.

Activity 8: class activity

Create a class avatar using Voki. Look at these examples from Mrs Essen’s class and Mrs McKelvey’s Blogging Frogs

Visiting other blogs

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.

 

107 thoughts on “Week 1: Let’s talk about us

    • Hi Jade,
      I have been running the student blogging challenge now for 7 years – I run them in March and again in September each year. The reason is to allow classes and students to connect with each other and have a global audience for their posts. Do you have a class blog?

  1. Ms W,
    This Week i have finished activity’s 6,7,8 they were very fun and easy to finish i am looking forward to doing more have a fantastic day..

  2. hello Ms W,

    the sites that you can make avatars on is Voki, wimp yourself, you can go on an Ipad and use WeeMee and on the blog they’re are many more on your blogs.

  3. I liked doing this activity it was fun I finished activities 1,6, 9 I did these for credit on my DLD day for school. I liked learning how to post the badge onto myside bar and picking out my Avatar my blog page is https://rxc2.edublogs.org/

  4. Hello. some of my class mates are using minecraft including me to build a life cycle of a plant. Come check out our blog.

  5. Dear Mrs. W,
    I already did my About me post from the last blogging challenge. So this time our class drew names from a container. Once we had the name we drew we did a Tagxedo or Wordle on them. Basically, we did an About me about one of our classmates. Here is my URL https://tatumtle.edublogs.org/. I hope you can visit my blog and you like our way of doing the About me post.

  6. HI Miss Wyatt, my name is Jessica. For the week one challenge, instead of doing an about me post about ourselves, we did them about our classmates. We used tagxedo and wordle to do world clouds. I think that you would find them very interesting. Please visit my blog. http://jessicadle.edublogs.org/. Thank you for your time.
    Jessica

  7. Hi Miss Wyatt,
    My name is Erica. My class has already done about me posts, so instead we each did a Wordle or Tagxedo about one of our classmates. We used character traits and describing words to make them. I think that they are really cool, and I hope that you do as well. Please visit my blog and check them out at http://ericadle.edublogs.org/
    Thanks, Erica

  8. Hello! Since this is my second time in the Student Blogging Challenge, I already have an All About Me post. My class decided we would write an All About Me post on a classmates blog, except we are making a Wordle or Tagxedo about them. They’re really cool! Please check out my blog at http://paigewle.edublogs.org/
    Thanks, Paige

  9. Hi Miss Wyatt, my name is Jessica. For the week one challenge my class did about me posts about our classmates instead of ourselves. My class made tagxedo’s and wordles about kids in our class. I think that you would find them very interesting. Please visit my blog. http://jessicadle.edublogs.org/. Thank you for your time.
    Jessica

  10. I have finished my about me post on my blog. The rest of my class has already done their about me posts in the fall, so we did something a little bit different. We did an about post for somebody else in our class. Please visit my blog at http://alexisale.edublogs.org/

  11. Hello! I’ve finished the Week 1 Challenge. Our classroom did it different though, instead of doing an about me post (which I already have an about me. Our classroom picked a name out of an container and did an About Them post. Come and check out my blog at: http://alexisble.edublogs.org/ . Bye!

  12. I have completed activities 1,2,3&4. the reason I completed these activities is because I wanted extra credit and I like the blogging challenges. The part I enjoyed about the challenge was making the avatar.
    Visit my blog at http://kadijah2am.edublogs.org/

  13. Hello Miss W. and Fellow Bloggers,

    We’ve got a video introduction to our class blog “in progress” that we hope to be able to share this week. In the meantime, we’ve been checking out and commenting on other class blogs that are participating in the challenge and have already begun to make connections! Bring on the week 2 challenge.

    Sincerely,

    Mr. Jewell
    http://writingwithmrj.edublogs.org/about/

  14. I did pretty much all the activities. I found it really amazing to do them, especially that they give you the opportunity to experience something new, which will actually improve your knowledge. I’m waiting on pins and needles for the next week’s challenges!
    Here you can find the link of my blog http://aymenfelhi.blogspot.com/ (click on Edublogs Challenge page to see the posts related to STUBC week 1 activitoes)

    • G’day Mollie,
      I tried to leave a comment on your about me page but it wasn’t there. I will leave a comment there next time you invite me to visit your blog.

    • G’day Jack,
      I wanted to leave a comment on your about me page but I couldn’t find it on the sidebar. The theme you have chosen means you need to go to your dashboard> appearance> widgets and drag across the pages widget tot he sidebar area.

    • G’day Will,
      I wanted to leave a comment on your about me page, but I couldn’t find it. On the black theme you have chosen, you need to go to dashboard> appearance> widgets and drag across the pages widget to your sidebar.

    • G’day Kelly,
      Sorry I couldn’t leave a comment but I couldn’t find your about me page. Maybe your teacher hasn’t approved it yet. I will look again next time you ask me to visit your blog.

    • G’day Brodie,
      I couldn’t leave a comment on your about me page because I couldn’t find it. I think on that theme, you need to go to dashboard> appearance> widgets and drag the pages widget across to the sidebar area.

  15. I completed the week one challenge by commenting on people blogs and by doing the avatar and by finishing my about me blog.

  16. I completed my edublog challenge. I put in an avatar, commented on 2 posts from 2 different people and added a poem to my about me page

  17. My students are working on these challenges today. They are all looking at the list of participating students and finding two people in their age level (not from our school) to read and comment. They are are creating avatars for their blogs. They have already completed About Me pages last month, but I’m having them revise and update their About Me pages so that they are more intriguing, detailed, and interesting to read by others. I’ve asked them to reply to this blog post when they are done with all of these challenges to verify that they have completed them!

  18. I completed week 1’s challenge. I visited two other blogs and commented on one of their posts. I enjoyed this challenge because we got to learn about other people through their blogs.

  19. I commented on two other blogs and had created my avatar. My favorite activity was commenting on the other blog’s and reading and learning about each person who’s blog I commented on.

  20. We completed activities 6, 7 & 9. The students have loved visiting other class blogs and learning about students the same age around the world! They were very excited when we received comments from New Zealand and USA. We used a simple and free app chatterpix to add a simple animation to our ‘class mascot’ and added to our about us page.
    http://scarrott.global2.vic.edu.au

  21. We focused on language writing class activities and we inspired from the topics you included in other activities to extend writing. It is for the category English class stories. We keep improving each week when possible with new ideas. And we direct our readers to previous posts dealing with family, environment and topics similar to other challengers’. Here is our blog:
    https://grandatlas.edublogs.org
    Waiting for your comments
    Thanks.

    • G’day Srihithal,
      You can do as many of the activities as you want to complete, but remember to be kept on the list of students, you do need to have an about me page or post completed.

  22. Miss W.,
    I’m sorry for the confusion on my blog. I chose a new theme and I think that the pages will work with it this time. I also did activity 8 and 9.

    38nellieer.edublogs.org

  23. Dear Miss Wyatt,
    Thank you for making it possible for us to be a part of The Student Blogging Challenge 2015. My class has been preparing for this challenge by learning how to use blogs for learning since the beginning our school year last September. They have now set up their individual blogs and are learning how to use them to share their learning.
    We will be posting our avatars this week to introduce ourselves to our blogging friends. Here is the link to our class blog Mrs. Amri’s Second Grade Crew: http://blogs.stafps.wlwv.k12.or.us/staff/amrij/
    Thank you for making our learning so fun, and for connecting us to the world.
    From, Jody Amri

    • G’day Jody,
      Thanks very much for allowing your students to take part in the challenge each year. I certainly hope they find the activities fun yet challenging for some of them.

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