Week 6: Time to visit

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There are two activities this week and they are in the form of a game. They involve visiting other blogs, leaving quality comments and writing a post about the comments you left.

Admin this week

I have asked mentors to get back to me with those students who have not been doing the activities relating to the challenge. I have coloured their country pink on the student participant list. I will be deleting these students from the list over the next week if I feel they have not really been participating in the challenge.

Out of 106 comments left on the challenge blog over the last couple of days only 61 included the URL of the actual post I needed to visit. Many students are still leaving just the URL of their blog rather than the post. I only visit and flip to the magazine when a post URL is left here.

Before playing the games, make sure your blog is ready for visitors.

  1. You have lots of interesting posts for visitors to read and comment on.
  2. Visitors can find posts by using tags or categories on your sidebar.
  3. You have a visitor widget to see where your visitors are coming from.
  4. You have at least five student blogs from other places around the world on your sidebar.

Game week is all about visiting other blogs.

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.
  • included a link to their own blog or a similar post on their own blog

Game 1: 

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:

  1. click on a blog on the student list or class list– count one
  2. now click on a blog from the new student’s blogroll – count two
  3. finally click on a blog from that new blogroll – count three
  4. leave a comment on an interesting post at this third blog.

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 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.

Game 2:

This is a new one I have thought of for this challenge. Many great student posts are being flipped to the #16stubc Flipboard magazine, but I am not sure how many of you have actually checked them out. So here are the instructions for this game.

  1. Click on the flipboard magazine link here
  2. Click on the title of the post of what looks like an interesting image or a catchy title
  3. You should now be taken to the actual blog post, read it and leave a comment
  4. Come back to the magazine again and repeat two more times

Write a blog post mentioning the blog posts you read and the comment you left.

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 quick post then include 5 great examples of comments as part of the post – use some interesting comment starters for each comment.

89 thoughts on “Week 6: Time to visit

  1. Hello!

    Greetings from Portugal!
    This week, the class chose the flipboard magazine activity and posted a special comment on Elijah’s blog, USA. See: http://englishclassspg.blogspot.pt/p/student-blogging-challenge.html
    He wrote us such a nice comment on Halloween!

    We also posted comments on Jennifer’s Blog – about Travelling: http://20jenng.edublogs.org/2016/11/10/travelling/ and on Miranda´s blog, California, USA – about Natural disasters: http://afascinatingblogbymiranda.edublogs.org/2016/11/09/sbc4/

    These were my students’ choices for week 6: Time to visit!

    Cheers!
    Maria José Paiva

  2. Happy Friday, Miss W!
    I wanted to let you know that my students have been busy visiting and commenting on other blogs this week. They wrote about their experiences, and we compiled their “posts” together on a Padlet. I didn’t want 30 posts to “bury” to page 7 or 8 other blog posts that they have recently been working on.

    You can view the Padlets and each students’ post here:
    http://mcdowellmedia.edublogs.org/2016/11/18/lets-visit-week-6-of-blogging-challenge/

    We have been excited leave comments and to see so many quality comments left on our blog posts!

    Thanks for visiting,
    Mrs. Caudill

  3. Hi Mrs. W! This weeks games were fun and a great idea! I had a very difficult time choosing the blogs off the Flipboard because they were so interesting! Can you Please come check out my blog? 2021bas.edublogs.org

  4. Good Afternoon Ms.White,
    How are you?

    This week I have been working on writing short story’s that were at least moderate and working on the Game number 2. On the game number 2, I worked on the flip board magazine and read two interesting blog posts.

    http://20kemia.edublogs.org/2016/11/17/game-2/

    Here is the direct link to my blog post on Game 2, I would love if you checked it out!

    Thank you,

    Kemi

  5. Hey,
    I did Game 2, and the three blogs I read and commented on where very good, this was a great way to go check out blogs from other people around the world, and learn new things about them. Come check out the blog post I wrote about it at: http://20lleas.edublogs.org/

  6. Today I commented on peoples Blog’s and did game two. It really helped me see what type of titles i need to put on my work.

  7. Hiya Mrs W,

    I never received an email about student’s blogs that we’re mentoring. But I haven’t seen any activity on this blog since September. I don’t think they’re participating in the challenges. It is my student from Kenya that I’m mentoring. Please change her status to pink. https://bnis6.edublogs.org/

    Thanks,
    Ms Farley

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