Our environment

Looking through blogs for this week’s Environment challenge, there have been a wide range of responses ranging from movies and animotos to cartoons and poetry. Students and classes have written about what they are already doing to help save the environment, what they would like to do and what they plan to do on Saturday night for Earth Hour.

Great movies

Abbey, Kira, Mason, Ares, Aesop, Mr Miller’s class,

Cartoons

Room 13 – grade 5/6,

Report (some with links)

Andrea, Daredevil12, Kiko, Skye, Jessica, Mercury, Bailey, Cheyenne, Victoria, Ariana, Ganasha,

Comments from students

Miss Nichols

Poetry

AnnaMaria,

Student blogging challenge helpers

ImageChef.comWhile this challenge is on, I try to visit each individual student blog at least three times, but with more and more students registering their own blog, I am finding this more difficult to do.

So today Sue Waters from TheEdublogger allowed me to send out an urgent request for helpers in the challenge.  You can read the post here.  Within an hour of the post being published and a few tweets sent out on Twitter, we had six helpers for commenting.

Role of the helper

I have allocated about 30 blogs for each helper to visit. By the middle of April, they will visit each of their blogs at least once. Each helper will leave one or more comments on your blog. The comments might be on your about page, or on a post and might include some clues to improve your blog. Hopefully the comment they leave will also allow you to keep carrying on a conversation with the helper.

If you want to know more about your helper, look at the comments on this post as they will be writing a short little bio in the comments.

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March 2010: Challenge 4

ImageChef.comOne of the questions asked at the end of the September 2009 challenge was:  What topic would you like to write more posts about?  One of the most common answers was:

Environment

There are many different ways to look at this topic and across the world this week, there are many celebration days being held:

So again this week, a wide variety of activities to choose from either as a blogger, commenter or class.

  • Research and write a post including links and images on one of those special days.
  • Join in Earth Hour and write a post about what your family did during that hour.
  • Write a post about activities your family could do while the lights are out for that hour.
  • What do you do at school or at home to help protect the environment?
  • Write a comic strip as a hero wanting to save some aspect of the environment.
  • If 13 or older and with parental permission, create a text to movie at xtranormal about the environment.
  • Your worries regarding the environment – what can you do as a student?
  • Create an animoto about the environment – maybe you worry about the polar bears.  Find images from links on this post.
  • Write a post about an environmental field trip you went on, maybe to the rubbish dump or cleaning up a creek etc.
  • Visit these posts from last year to leave a comment: Priscila from Argentina, Ashley from USA, Abbey from USA, Courtney from USA, Hailey from USA

The challenge last year for Earth Hour can be found here.

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My place in the world

Each week I will be showcasing some blogs to visit. These are taken from those who leave a trackback or hyperlink to the original post not just this blog.

Let’s visit:

Argentina, Indiana, California, Secret Harbour, Iowa, California, Wellington, Comox Valley, Dunedin,California, Lawndale, California, Pachuca, California, Stonington, Canadian eventsCanada, Canada, California, Canada, Canada, Canada, Canada, On There You Know oops Ontario – sorry Ryan

Some students have asked questions. Can you answer them?

Aesop162,

Kiko wondered about her family roots around the world.

This class in Victoria have had some great answers to their questions.  Oops, they are in Sydney, not Victoria. My apologies Mrs Miller and class. Check out the comments.

Saskia spoke about breaking down walls globally – some interesting conversation in the comments.

Keep coming back to check out this post as I will add more as other students and classes finish the activity.

March 2010: Challenge 3

It’s a very small world we live in now.

Only 220 years ago, it used to take a sailing ship about 4 or 5 months to sail from England to Australia with convicts on board.  It took me 24 hours to fly from Australia to Vancouver, Canada with a short stop in Hawaii for a couple of hours. Yet it took only seconds for my class to connect to Ashley in Connecticut in 2008  when we used Skype to make a call.

Students born in the last twenty years  should be taking it for granted that they will be working collaboratively with students and teachers across the world using modern technology.

So this week’s challenge is to tell the world about the area you live in – your town, your state or province, your country in general. But hopefully you will also be having international visitors coming to your blog, so you need some way of knowing where they are coming from. There will be many options of what to do this week ranging from adding widgets, writing posts, leaving comments by visiting international blogs and  adding images so I am posting a couple of days earlier than usual to give you time to complete them.

Adding widgets

When adding widgets to your sidebar, copy and paste the embed code into a text box on your sidebar.

  • Save then close.
  • If the widget is too wide, you will have to adjust the number next to ‘width’ in the embed code.
  • This might appear more than once in the code.

If using blogger rather than Edublogs, you might need to check out the instructions for adding widgets and images etc from Bling For Your Blog, written by a teacher in New Zealand. Thanks Allanah.

Writing posts

If I were to visit your state or province, what would be the ‘must see’ places and why? Include an image (flickrcc about Tasmania creative commons) and a link to a website.

Instead of writing, speak this time using a Voki then embed in either post or sidebar.

We have students and classes from these countries taking part in the challenge:

  • Australia, Canada, U.S.A, Mexico, Argentina, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Thailand, Hong Kong (China), U.A.E (United Arab Emirates), Norway and South Africa. Many of the older Australian students are refugees from other countries so make sure you read about them from their links on this blog.
  • Write a post asking one or two questions about each country or leave your questions as comments on the student or class blogs. eg Do kangaroos hop down the main streets in Australia? How many people live in the state or town you live in?

Images

  • Flickr slideshow
  • Take photos of your local area and put in a post as a gallery
  • Create a quiz at mystudiyo about your state or province. Then embed it in your blog post. Here is one I made about Tasmania.
  • #!/usr/bin/perl -w
    use strict;
    use CGI qw(:standard);
    my $srcURL = param(‘srcURL’);
    my $text = param(‘text’);
    my $gigyaWidth = param(‘gwidth’)|| 300;
    my $gigyaHeight = param(‘gheight’)|| 260;
    my $eWidth = param(‘ewidth’) ||300;
    my $eHeight = param(‘eheight’) ||360;

    print < Status: 200 OK\r
    Content-type:text/html; charset=utf-8\r
    \r

    PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
    "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">






    EOF

    Which activity did you do? Did you try more than one? Which did you enjoy the most? Remember to leave a pingback or trackback in your post by linking back to this challenge post.

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Avatars galore!

As classes have been creating their avatars and embedding them in a program to be in their blog, I have been checking them out, (if teachers have added a hyperlink or pingback back to the original post in the challenge.)

Mrs Turvey adapted my post to suit her class.

Check out these wild things with the 2R Shining Stars, classy moeruavatars from Grade 5/6 – 13, Alexander from room 162,  The Powerhouse, the SuperScoopersPublishing corner in Mexico, plasticine avatars with Mrs Grist and Miss T’s new avatars.

Students have been posting about whether you should have a real photo of yourself on the web and when this might be appropriate.

Julio the zombie, Isaiah the monster, Star Struck Lauren, On Fire Alexis, Purple Addie, Jacob from Fresco World, Angel Mushabelly, Joe from Lojo, Kim or Cleo, Cheyenne, Ryan, Austin, Hannan, Ashley,   Abbey and Matt.

Some students who hadn’t included trackbacks but are worth reading: Haley,

March 2010: Challenge 2

Last challenge everyone introduced themselves or their blog to their readers. Because we very rarely meet face to face (f2f), we still have to give some visual cues as to what we look like.  But as teachers, we have to make sure you are being internet safe and that usually means not putting any pictures of actual students on the web, and if we do, having parental permission to do so. We certainly don’t name the students in the pictures.

So instead of a real picture we create an avatar. For example, here are some avatars I have made from various websites.  They all represent me.

So now it is time for you to create your own avatar. You can then add it as a blog avatar to appear on your blog. You can also add it as a comment or user avatar so it appears wherever you leave a comment on someone else’s blog. Some websites are for students 13 and older so make sure you choose one that is for your age group.

Any age can use these avatar sites:

From abi-station:

If under 13, sorry you can’t register for these mentioned below. But over 13, need parental or guardian permission.

14 or older with parental permission

Beginner:

Create your avatar using one of the above websites. Sue Waters from ‘The Edublogger‘ has written a great post about avatars, giving instructions on how to save them and then upload to an ‘Edublogs’ blog. Many of the sites mentioned above are included in her post. If using Blogger, here is a link to show how to add a photo to your profile.

Veteran:

If you have taken part in a blogging challenge before, you might have realised that your comment avatar doesn’t always show up on all blogs.  I know I have been annoyed about that, so here is a post explaining where you can upload your avatar so it is recognised globally on all blog platforms. You might want to change your blog or comment avatar and try a different website especially if you are now 13 or older.

In a post, please answer this question: When do you think it is appropriate for students to use real photos of themselves on their blogs and why? See if you can research this on the net and find responses from other educators. Remember to link to their post if you use information they mentioned. Hyperlink as well to this challenge post, so I can read your answers.

PS: Within 6 hours of posting this challenge, Andrea has already written her opinion.

Commenter:

If you are a user on any class blog, you should be able to upload your own user avatar as well.  Leave a comment here telling me why you chose this avatar to represent you.

Class:

After creating avatars for all the students in your class, show them off in some form of slideshow on your class blog. Here are some avatars from Mrs Yollis’ class they made last year.  I created one using animoto last year. Perhaps you could leave a comment here with a link to a website that other classes could use for a slideshow or movie.

Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.

Reasons to visit

Our first challenge went very well and I would like to mention some blogs to visit.

Classes wrote posts, comments and some even used wallwisher to give us reasons to visit their class blog.

Classes:

Mr Miller, MissT, Mr GonzalezMs Williams, MrsB, Mrs Yollis, Ms Grist, DRiddle, MsDaglish, MrsDaugherty and  TheSPUDS

Some of these students are beginners while others are veterans and have taken part in a previous student blogging challenge.

Students:

Alexis, Natalie, Gloria, Joe (not Joey), Kim, Angel (dude), Isaiah, Addie, Emily (one of our youngest students), Andrea, Clare (without an i), Zachary, Cheyenne, Morgan, ArielJosh, Tim, Austin, Harlie, Eliana, Reece, Ashley, Kennedy, Travis, Jazmin, Matthew, Megan, Paul, Brooke,   Nicholas and Skye.

Remember to add a hyperlink (trackback, pingback) to every post you have written for the challenge. Then I can visit, leave a comment or add you to a post for others to visit, just like I have in this post.

I have just been checking all the student blogs listed in the challenge and have found a few more good reasons to visit these blogs.

Nick, Ben, Ella, Dorothy, Astrid, Andrew, Paul,

March 2010: Challenge 1

Welcome to the first challenge for March 2010.  For the first time, all challenges will be categorised as one of the following:

  1. beginner student
  2. veteran student – means has been blogging for about 6 months or more
  3. commenter – doesn’t have own blog but comments or posts on a class blog
  4. class

Teachers – there have already been some teacher challenges on ‘The Edublogger’ so your class blog could be ready for this challenge – if you have not completed them, could you do so as soon as possible. If you have students on a blogroll, please have their RSS post feeds in some type of reader or netvibes etc with an obvious link on your class blog – check out all our posts etc. This will make it easier for comments to be left when another class visits your blog.

Blogging is all about holding conversations with people who have similar interests to you.  You might have a blog about Nascar racing, your friend has one about Greening the Earth or as most of you do, one for showing the world what you are doing at school and answering questions in relevant subject areas.  Here is your first challenge:

Beginner:

Make sure you have an up-to-date page telling ‘About’ you. Check out some of the following students from previous challenges: JessNick, LaurenLittle Miss Room18, Marnie, Dominique, Kira, Jacob, Keely and Brad.

If using Edublogs, this is a PAGE not a POST. It will appear as a link across the top of your header or in the PAGE widget on your sidebar. Here is a link to explain how to edit the ‘About’ page which is already on your blog. If using BLOGSPOT, you also have an about me area in your profile. Remember to be internet safe in the information you put on the page.

Veteran:

Write a post about why students and classes should visit your blog. Why is your blog going to be interesting? What will you be posting about? What could they learn from reading your blog? Make sure you hyperlink back to this challenge post  somewhere in your post.That way, I will get a trackback or pingback and I will be able to visit your blog to read your post, otherwise I won’t know if you have written anything about this challenge.

eg. This post is for Challenge 1 in the March 2010 challenge. Highlight ‘Challenge 1′  then use the Link icon  – chains joined – and type in the URL for this post. Check out how Abbey has created the trackback here.

Commenter:

Leave a comment on this post telling me three interesting things about you. Check out the page called “March 2010 students’ and visit two blogs there where students have similar interests to you and leave a comment on their blog.

Class:

Each week you will need to have visited the blog of the class on either side of your name on the ‘March 2010 classes’ page. This will make sure each class gets visited by at least two other classes.  Then choose some other classes from the list that you would like to visit – students of similar age perhaps.

On your class blog, write a post about why students and classes should visit your blog. What will they learn from reading your posts? Are there any skills your class has that they could pass on to other classes and students?

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It’s about to start!!

Just over one week until the student blogging challenge begins.


Are you ready to push yourself?

So far we have had over 50 classes from 10 different countries register: Australia, USA, New Zealand, Argentina, Mexico, Canada, Norway, UK, Hong Kong and UAE.  Check out their blogs on the page link on the right called ‘March 2010 classes’.

We have also had over 170 students register with their own blogs mainly from USA, Canada and Australia. Make sure you check out the link for the page on the right:   ‘March 2010 students’.   Each couple of days I will be re-sorting the list of participants so they are in order by age.

If you want to leave a comment here telling me what topics you would like to write about in the challenge, that might help me with my forward planning.

Teachers who have registered classes, I hope you have been keeping up with the pre-challenge activities for your class blog at TheEdublogger – written by the fantastic Sue Waters.

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