Week 2: Let’s learn to comment
Admin for week 2:
When visiting many blogs last week, I noticed your pages in Edublogs often didn’t allow for comments to be written. You might need to do the following:
- Go to your about me page and open it in your dashboard.
- In top right corner, click on screen options and make sure Discussions and/or comments are ticked. Close screen options.
- Now below the writing area for your page you should see a dropdown labelled Discussions.
- Make sure you have ticked the boxes about leaving comments.
I also noticed some of the About Me pages and posts have too much personal information such as full names, dates of birth, when and where you go to activities after school. Remember not to include this type of information in your posts.
If your About Me page isn’t visible as a link on your blog, you will need to add the widget called Pages to your sidebar.
About week 2: Commenting skills
This is another important week in the challenge. Blogging is all about having your voice heard and connecting with others who might like to read and comment on what you have written. But, as in many things we humans do, there are some protocols bloggers in schools like to follow.
Check out these videos about leaving quality comments. The first video was created for one of the very first blogging challenges back in 2009 by Mrs Yollis’ grade 3 students and it has been seen by thousands of students who have taken part in the blogging challenges since then. This video is suitable for all ages but specifically primary/elementary school or lower. But those in middle/high school or older might like to check out the second video which is more suited to an older age group.
Teachers: You might want to visit the post about teaching quality commenting on the Teacher Challenge blog. It has an excellent video about the possibilities of blogging through commenting. It also includes the videos below and others you might want to share with your class. You also find out about commenting and blogging guidelines, paper blogging and other ways to use your blogs to connect globally.
Mrs Yollis and her third grade class
Nicolas Weiss – Leaving high quality blog comments
Activity 1: Create a ‘How to comment’ page on your blog
Many themes and blogging platforms have different ways to leave a comment. You might need to click on the title of the post, or click on a number in a circle or click on the words ‘Leave a comment’. Write a page for your blog explaining how to leave a comment. You could write it as a set of steps or perhaps create a video showing what to do. Be creative. Here is an example on my family history blog. Mrs Yollis created a video showing how to comment on her blogspot blog. You might prefer to add the instructions in a text widget on your sidebar instead of a page. Remember, though, if you change themes you might also need to change these instructions.
Activity 2: Make a set of commenting guidelines – you might be able to combine this with activity 1
Explain what you expect when someone leaves a comment on your blog. .
- What type of comment is acceptable?
- Which type of comment will you put in the trash?
Here are some examples:
Huzzah commenting guidelines, a Glogster poster about commenting, WarriorKat used a variety of tools for her guidelines, notice how Sophie included a link back to Mrs Yollis’ blog where she got her information from, Emme created a PowToon, Darcey included some interesting points, Kyndal has her guidelines here
Activity 3: Leave a comment on this post – you might be able to combine this with activity 4
Each week the best posts published in the Student Blogging Challenge are featured in our Flipboard magazine.
To check your posts we need you to leave a comment with a link to your post on this blog whenever you finish a weekly activity.
So your activity is to practice leaving a comment below with a link to your post for an activity you’ve completed this week or last week.
But first you need to know the difference between your BLOG link and your POST link
- Blog link: http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org
- Post link: http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/2017/10/01/week-1-lets-introduce-ourselves/
If your teacher is moderating and approving your posts, you will need to wait until this has been done before leaving me a link in a comment.
Activity 4: Use some HTML in a comment
Did you check out Mrs Yollis’ blog? She includes a page with some HTML (code) you can use when commenting especially on blogspot blogs. If leaving a comment on an Edublogs blog, here is a post explaining the HTML to use. If you want to leave a link to your blog that looks neat and tidy, check out this post.
Activity 5: Visit other student or class blogs
Visit 4 other blogs on the lists above the header area. Leave a quality comment on one post on each blog. Might be the About Me page or another post you found interesting. Write a post on your blog mentioning who you visited, which post you left a comment on and why, then include the comment you left. Hint: make sure you copy the comment before you hit the submit button. Here are some examples from other students: Allegra , Izzy, Callie but try to include a link to the actual post you left a comment on
Will visitors to your blog find it easy to search for a post they might be interested in commenting on? Maybe you need to start using Categories and Tags or Labels (blogspot) or Categories (weebly) or Categories (Kidblog) or make sure you have an archive section.
Let’s visit other blogs
Congratulations to the students from Thailand who wrote some great introductions then were first to leave me a comment on last week’s post. Here is their class blog with their names on the side if you also want to visit them.
I also enjoyed reading an A-Z post from Caleb.
Visit some younger classes and read the student posts:
- Grade 3 creative thinkers
- Grade 4 class using seesaw – scroll bars to find other students
- Grade 3/4 class in Australia
- Grade 2/3 class who I often visit in person
I have started adding posts to our Flipboard magazine for #17stubc – check in the sidebar.
Got more time to fill this week?
Check out the page above my header called Post Ideas. Lots of topics and special days to write about in your blog.