An important part of blogging as part of a global community is learning more about each others’ culture. Food is often one of the first things you notice when visiting another country.
This week we’re going to learn more about each others’ culture by sharing stories about food popular in our country or asking other participants questions about food in their country.
To help you get started I’m going to tell you about food that is popular in Australia.
Vegemite is uniquely Australian and most Aussies have a jar of Vegemite in their house. We even have our own Vegemite song! It’s a dark brown food paste made from leftover brewers’ yeast, vegetables and additives.
Our favorite way of eating Vegemite is on toasted bread with a layer of margarine (or butter) spread with a thin layer of Vegemite.
While some might say Vegemite is an acquired taste — the true secret to eating Vegemite is the thin layer of Vegemite on toast. Most of the hilarious taste testing Vegemite videos on YouTube are caused by trying to eat Vegemite like you would Peanut butter, Nutella or Jam.
Aussie Meat Pies
The Meat pie is considered iconic in Australia and New Zealand. These are hand-sized meat pies made up of diced or minced meat and vegetables.
Most Australian bakeries sell a wide variety of meat pies, sausage rolls in addition to bread and cakes. Meat pies and sausage rolls are a common lunch food here and you can also buy them at most lunch bars and petrol stations.
Selection of pies and sausage rolls at a bakery
Each bakery has their own unique recipes.
You might enjoy making meat pies with your students. It isn’t hard.
Write a post on food that is popular in your country.
In your post, include links to where you researched and some images with attribution. You might also want to a collage of images or a slideshow you have created.
Visit Inside Scoops Taco Tuesday post to learn what their students eat for lunch. Leave a comment on Taco Tuesday post to let them know what you eat for school lunches in where you live or write a post to share what school lunches are like where you live.
Create a poll or survey and embed it into a post to find out more about the types of foods eaten by your readers.
Visit at least 5 blogs from countries other than your own. Leave a comment on a post at each blog to ask them questions about food in their country. Now write your own post including the comment you have left and linking to each post you commented on.
Change to a Halloween Style theme. The theme Monster on Edublogs was originally designed for Halloween.
Once you’ve dressed up your blog write a post explaining where you found all the headers, images, widgets and tell your readers why you choose each one.
Activity 2: Write some poetry or spooky story about Halloween.
Write a poem or a spooky story about Halloween and remember to include some images to show what you learnt from last week’s challenge on using images.
Activity 3: Write a post about how you celebrate Halloween or the History of Halloween.
Halloween is celebrated in lots of different ways around the World. Read If Only Best Birds Sang ‘Halloween traditions with photographs‘ post to learn how they celebrate Halloween in Ireland.
Now write a post to tell us how you celebrate Halloween where you live or write a post on the History of Halloween.
Activity 4: Show off your Halloween creativity using some different tools such as powtoon, thinglink, padlet, glogster, soundcloud, poll daddy and embed them into a post.
There are many cool interactive tools that you can embed into post that create opportunities to grab attention and engage readers in ways that aren’t achievable using text and images. You’ll find examples of popular tools that you can embed here.
Now choose one (or more of these tools) to show off your Halloween creativity and write a post that includes your embed tool. Classes – you could get students to work in groups using a different tool.
Still got more time?
Visit other blogs either class or student – choose bloggers from other countries, maybe you will start getting some dots on your clustrmap or some flags on your widget.
Check out the magazine on the sidebar – are you featured in there yet?
Also check out the One World Our World magazine – this is where I am flipping the Raise Your Voice posts
Leave a comment on a challenge blog post linking back to your post so Miss W can visit and leave you a comment.
Miss W visiting your blogs
Starting this week, I will only be visiting blogs where students or classes have left the post URL in a comment with an explanation of why you chose that activity.
If your teacher is moderating your posts, you will need to wait until it has been published before giving me your URL.
Check out the difference between a blog URL and a post URL.
Blog URL: http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org
Post URL : http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/2015/10/10/raise-your-voice/
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE
There will be a special admin post this week, so please make sure you read it. It will affect mentors, students and classes.
An important part of the Student Blogging Challenge is connecting with students and other classes by reading posts and leaving comments.
Comments allow you, and your readers, to engage in discussions, share thoughts and connect with your blog.
Most new bloggers find publishing posts easy and commenting harder! Your bonus activity this week is to learn more about commenting and improve your commenting skills!
What makes a good comment?
Comments transform your blog from a static space to an interactive community. Commenting is one way a blogger can create conversations.
Your readers leave a comment that hopefully asks questions (which encourage conversation), you reply back to their comments on your blog, then visit their blog to read their posts and engage with them on their blog.
The better your comment that more chance you have in creating conversations.
Start by watching either of the following two videos on Commenting.
Mrs Smith has published an excellent activity that guides you through commenting, learning to read student posts and practicing comments.
Visit Mrs Smith’s I’m New Here post to work through the tasks in her post and then leave a comment on her post.
Activity 3: Write a post, create a video or create a poster about commenting.
Might be tips to get more visitors, guidelines for acceptable comments on your blog, examples of good and bad comments – think outside the square. Remember you don’t have to approve all comments. It is your blog; send some to the trash and if it is a company trying to get you to visit their blog to buy something, then label it as spam.
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.
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE
There will be two posts this week so this one has been published earlier than normal.