Challenge 5 – Sept 2010

Week 5 so now we are half way through the challenges for this part of the year. Most students have completed the following:

  • added an avatar – both blog and user
  • created an ‘About me’  page – also a post for some students
  • written some interesting posts on their state or town
  • commented on classmates and other student or class blogs
  • added useful widgets like clustrmap, flag counter, cyber pet

This week we want you to start adding images to your posts. If students in grade 2 can learn how to give attribution for images they have used, then so can every student and adult taking part in this challenge.

So here are our activities relating to images. You must do activity 1 as this will help for the other choices.

1. Visit these blogs

  • Kathleen McGeady who expects her Grade 2 students to know about and use creative commons and giving attribution when using images in their blogs. She uses FlickrCC which is not blocked at her school and gives instructions for using with Edublogs blogs. This is a great example of a tutorial type post which we would like you to complete in activity 5.
  • Ronnie Burt from the Edublogs team who gives ideas for using images other than FlickrCC.
  • Miss Wyatt has also written a post giving lots of other places to find images.
  • Sue Waters from The Edublogger who also gives out some easy instructions on inserting images. Notice at the end of her post, she has six more posts you could read about using images in your blogs.
  • Allanah King, New Zealand. Lots of hints for students using blogspot.

2. After having visited the above blogs, write two posts about using images in blogs.

  • Why should we use images? How do images improve your blog? This is the first post
  • How do you add images to your blog?
  • Where do you get your images?
  • How do you add the attribution?

Make the second post like a tutorial, so a student new to blogging could follow your instructions about using images in a post. Thanks to Mrs Theriault.

3.  Visit this wallwisher to add where you have found great creative commons images.

4. Watch these YouTube videos about creative commons and sharing your work

5. Here is a post on how to create a gallery in your blog.  Create a visual post using no more than eight images – where the images tell a story. Remember to give attribution for the images you used. No writing in this post other than the title and attribution.

6. From Bill Ferreirae – I sometime find a picture and tell students to use that picture to come up with a story. It can be about the picture, what happened before, what will happen next, etc. So, at the top of this post is the image I have chosen for you to start with. Copy the image to your post, then write the story. Remember to give attribution. If you don’t have your own blog, tell your story in a comment here.

7. A great suggestion from Dragon – We could do a “zoom” post through comments. Choose a picture, and have your readers zoom out, so to speak, by leaving comments. So maybe something simple, like a pillow, and the first commenter describes something bigger around the pillow (like a couch) and the next commenter would write about the room it was in, and the next could zoom out the window and do the house, etc.  If doing this activity, include the word ‘zoom’ in your title so I can find it easily. Remember to give attribution. Most important here is to read previous comments, so you can add to the story.

8. From EileenG Pick one, or more of your ethnic backgrounds and post about the culture. ANYTHING! Food, religions, sports, festivals, languages, etc.  Include a picture of the place in the country/region posted about.

As we still have some students and classes only on week 2 or 3 activities, I will be postponing the game till next week. To take part in the game you need the following completed:

  • a blog avatar and a user avatar
  • an ‘about me’ PAGE not post
  • a clustrmap or flag counter widget
  • at least three interesting posts – could be topics of your choice not necessarily from the challenge
  • your ‘Recent Comments’ widget on the sidebar with 10 comments as the choice
  • your ‘Recent Posts’ widget on the sidebar with 10 posts as the choice
  • Your ‘Pages’ widget on the sidebar

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take a chance on me ??

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Keep visiting

Blogs and commenting: Abbey, Steve, Alexandra, Andrew (Beware: music starts playing loudly), Simone, Jacqueline, HughNadia, JohnCO connections, Brianna, Room 13 Totara Stars, Teegan, Brooke,

Blog Action Day 2010: Abbey, CO ConnectionsMr Baird (click on student names in left sidebar for their posts)

Previous challenges: Abbey, Mrs Thordarson, Miss B in Thailand, Teegan on road signs, Indy’s quiz, all about Iowa, Marx, Finn’s quiz, iCubed quiz on USA, Matthew, about Jackie, Kristin, DustinJared on Canada, Marcy on my state, Christine on Iowa, Brooke on Iowa, Mr Carson school tour, Caitlyn and Arden on Melbourne Aquarium, why visit Sean, Katie talks about Iowa, Vanessa on Iowa, Miss T and the school tour, life in Iowa, come visit Iowa,

Where am I Voki: Madeline, Mr Kruse,

Odds and ends: Room1 cyberpet, questions about Australia and New Zealand, Kaley’s poem, Soccercat finish the sentence, Tyler questions on Scotland and Australia, questions about New Zealand and the UK, questions about Australia and Canada, questions about New Zealand and Singapore, questions about Canada and Australia, questions about Scotland and New Zealand, Vanessa asks about Canada and Australia, Katie asks about Australia and Spain, Ashley asks about Norway and Canada,

I want to visit: Sea World, international tour by Eileen,

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Time for a break

As we still have some schools and students catching up with the challenges over the last four weeks, I think we had better have a break from the major challenges.

Instead, if you want to leave some comments on other student blogs, remember to visit the Sept students 2010 page and check out the interests of students who are your age.  Maybe add some interesting links to your blogroll, ready for the game next week.

If you want to write a post, then think about a place, from the past or the present, where you would like to live or go for a holiday or vacation.

  • Why do you want to go there?
  • What intrigues you about that particular place?
  • How long would you like to stay?
  • Include some images or maps with your post.

Also if you are wanting to have your blog upgraded so you can use embed code, then leave an idea for an activity on this post linked here. Edublogs are giving away many upgrades for the best ideas.

See you next week for some more exciting activities.

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Matcha Tea Kit-Kat

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Visit these blogs

My goodness! There is so much excellent blogging happening by the classes and students taking part in this challenge. Remember, if you want me to visit your blog to read your posts, you need to leave a link somewhere in your post linking back to the student blogging challenge blog.

Posts from previous challenge activities: On the grapevine why visit us,  Mr Baldock’s must see places, Quebec road signs, Ms Graunke visit here, Tristin on photos on blog, Hannah on visit here, Ms Graunke quiz on Australia,  Matthew on must see places,  Brooke on visit here, Madison on visit my blog, Sebastian on visit my blog, Felicity on visit my blog, Jared must see places, Mr Webb and school tour, Otorohanga avatars, Mr Miller questions and answers, Room 66 avatars, Mr Peglow on must see places, Parktone avatars,

Great conversations happening here: Daniel and Claire, Ryan and Tiffany, Dakota and Kathleen, Mrs Viney and Greyson,

Interesting posts: Alysa the horselover, Simone on Ontario, Christian in the batcave,  Roberto the pigeon whisperer, Paul on tractors, Otorohanga writing prompt, Mr Poole recommends this post,

Adding to the blogroll and why: Eileen, Louise, MoniqueMiss T,

Blog Action Day posts: Windows into 2T, Indy, 2YCroyden wallwisher, Kaleigh-Ann, Mrs Woodward, Room 230 Thailand, Year 1rc,

Improving blog: ChristianLeslieRobertoEmilyIngrid, ReynaMarvinDejaMegan, ColemanSaebyukJose, Simone, ErikNicolaMalcolm,

Blogging helpers: Louise,

Commenting guidelines: RoxannaMonique , TravonCassandra,

One day in our classroom: Miss T,

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I'm blogging this.

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Couldn’t see the video last week?

Some students have left comments that Blogger was blocked at their school so they couldn’t see the video made by Mrs Yollis and her class.  Here it is with both YouTube and Vimeo. Hopefully one of those will work at your school.

How to Compose a Quality Comment! from mrsyollis on Vimeo.

Also a reminder that this Friday is BLOG ACTION DAY 2010 where the topic is WATER. Visit the linked website, check out their video and scroll down the page to find out what you could write a post about.  To be part of this, your post MUST be published on 15th October 2010.

Challenge 4 – Sept 2010

As mentioned last week, all the activities this week relate to writing comments.

So please have your ‘Recent comments’ widget on your sidebar with 10 comments visible.

This will make it easier for us to see where we left our last comment.

But before I set the activities,

I want everyone to visit this post

at Mrs Yollis’ blog.

I especially asked Mrs Yollis and her students to create a post about commenting.  She also included how to use HTML code when writing comments which will interest our older bloggers. So please visit her first before doing the activities below.


Are you still here?

Off you go, visit Mrs Yollis’ blog on commenting.


That was quick.

Are you sure you visited Mrs Yollis’ blog

to learn about HTML code in your comments?


OK, what did you learn while reading the blog and listening to Mrs Yollis and her students tell you about how to write great comments? Here then are this weeks activities relating to commenting:

1.  Create your own commenting guidelines to have as a page on your blog. Here are some examples to visit: Scattergood Biology, 2KM blog, poster on comments, AbbeyR, a primary school in Australia,

2. Visit and leave comments on at least 10 blogs of other students taking part in the challenge. Look for students your age and who have similar interests to you. That way it is easier to continue a great conversation. When leaving comments try to use some of the HTML code mentioned in Mrs Yollis’ blog. Here are some examples: Mike – teaching about avatars, Shelly – discussion with Mrs Yollis over a 2 month period, Saskia – how the challenge can break down walls

3.  Add to your blogroll ready for a game next week. You need at least 15 names on your blogroll.

Remember you can divide these into link categories like I have on the left sidebar of  my class blog – challenges, check these passions, get help here, global Australia, global rest of the world, grade 6, 2010 and  grade 7, 2010 and finally left this year.

On your edublogs dashboard go to links> link categories to decide how to divide your links. When ready to add the links go to dashboard> links> add new> “Name” put in person’s first name then “Website” URL of their blog then remember to click which category you want them in.

4.  Make sure you have a user avatar created. Go to dashboard >users> your avatar and upload one you have created. This could be the same as your blog avatar or you might create a different one.  Then whenever you leave a comment on someone’s blog, this avatar will show.

Also make sure in users >your profile, you have a name displayed publicly as and that you have your blog URL  on the line website.  The owner of the blog where you leave a comment now only has to click on either your name or your avatar and it should take them to your blog.

Students over 13 might also want to visit gravatar where you can upload a globally recognized avatar to use when leaving a comment on any blogging platform whether it be edublogs, wordpress, blogspot etc.

5. Write a post or leave a comment explaining how a blog could be improved. As you visit many blogs to read posts, you start to see some really great blogs that are designed well, don’t distract you from reading and generally make you want to visit again. Write a post about what you consider is a great blog and use some examples from where you have visited.  You might also want to mention the things that put you off visiting a blog regularly.  This idea was from Poisonious Inspiration.

6. Find three bloggers (not in your school!) whose work you enjoy and add them to your blogroll. Write a post introducing them to your readers and sharing your favorite article from each blog.  This idea was from Denise.

7. Also, while it is encouraging to receive comments… is there room for an “Introducing one of my commenters” posts? To present it a little bit like reflective listener… this is____ from ___. His/her comment helped me because _____. Maybe then adding to the blog roll…?  This idea is from declairing (Mrs Bee)

8.  Write a post for Blog Action Day 2010 which is all about water. See separate post I have written for this activity.

9. Reminder about “One Day on Earth” activity for classes.

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Celebrating 6 month on FLICKR and 300.000 individual views of our photographic works! THANK YOU TO ALL OUR FLICKR FRIENDS AND GROUPS!::))

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More blogs to visit

This week I could tell who were the nature lovers amongst the bloggers and who were those students who enjoyed big cities, the lights and shopping. Again some fantastic posts, quizzes, Vokis, prompts and questions were found through the pingbacks and trackbacks on your posts.

Interesting  posts: Derek, Iman, 6B 2010, JoeMatthew, CO Connections, Paige, iCubed, 2Y Croydon, Tristan,

Where I live: Dominique, SadinaMonique, PatrickLouise, Eileen, Miss TIngrid, Stars of 2T,

Places to visit: C-O Connections, AaliyahCristianKathyChristianTravonJoseSaebyuklNicolaEmily, IndyRobertoErikChrisCarolynCailet, Cassandra, Mr Peglow, Mr Miller,

Prompts like ‘Ignite to Write‘ :  Ashley,

Questions to answer: Chelsea, Eileen,

More Vokis: Ms WoodwardChrisJackSean,

Quiz: Maddy, HenryAda, Coleman, Kevin, Jonah, Ms Woodward,

Road signs: Scoopers,

New classes blogging so make sure you visit the students on the sidebar to leave some comments:  Mrs BenjaminNMESGrade5,

Remember if you want to be included on these visit pages,

you must include a link to the student blogging challenge blog

somewhere on the post that you have written.

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Some disappointed students

Disappointed by: Katy

I noticed as I was checking blog posts from the last two challenges, that some students had tried to embed Vokis and pets on their blog posts or sidebars, but they hadn’t worked properly.

The main reason for this is that Edublogs free blogs (which most students have) often get a lot of spam from bots reading embed code. So Edublogs last year took off the chance to use embed code in these free blogs.

But they realised that most teachers pay for one of the PRO Edublogs blogs. So they allowed a PRO user to disable ads for up to 50 of the free blogs. This then means students can use embed code on those upgraded blogs.

Another way to get the ads off and be able to use embed code is to watch out for Sue Waters who writes the “Edublogger“. She often has competitions to take part in where you get a year’s subscription as a PRO user.

On this post about the student blogging challenge, she tells of two ways you might be able to get a free subscription, so check it out.  (Look for the hand pointing on a yellow starburst)

Original image: ‘Disappointed‘ by: Katy

Visit these

Get a Voki now!

Some more great responses for challenges 1 and 2.

Vokis to guess where students would like to go: Indy, Marcy, Abbey,

Posts about privacy, internet safety and lifelong learning : Teegan, Megan, Deja, SadinaAshleyMalcolm, Olivia, Ruma Toru Otewa, Monique, KrithikaChelseaHeather, ColemanMeganJakeAshley,

Blogging commandments : Digeridoos,

Why visit us : Huzzah, Olivia, Ms Woodward, Ada, C-O Connections, JonathanKacey, Ms Graunke, Mr Peglow,

Avatar posts: Odom’s Sweets, Mr Baldock, Scoopers, Mrs Yollis, Mrs MeltonMr Lamb, Mr Carson, Mrs Ranney, JPOWRoom 230,

School Tours – CO Connections, Mr Webb, Ms Woodward,

Because some students still have free Edublogs blogs with ads on them, the Vokis and other widgets with embed code are not working. Teachers with a pro Edublogs blog can upgrade 50 student blogs and take off their ads, thus allowing students to embed code.

Challenge 3 – Sept 2010

I have been checking on the pingbacks and links to blog posts from the last two weeks. You are doing a great job with the challenges. Some students are completing one or two activities while others are trying all seven or eight.

Next week, the main topic for the challenge will relate to commenting so we need to be organized ready for lots of visitors to blogs next week.

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  and  adding images.

PLEASE NOTE: If you still have ads on your free Edublogs blogs, then many of these widgets will not work on your blog. If your teacher has purchased a Pro blog, then they can upgrade 50 student blogs so you can then use embed code.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. We have students and classes from these countries taking part in the challenge:  Australia, Canada, U.S.A,  New Zealand, United Kingdom, Thailand, Singapore, Scotland, Portugal, Indonesia, Argentina, Spain, Norway and Germany. 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?

4. Take photos of your local area and put in a post as a gallery

5. Create a quiz at mystudiyo about your state or province. Then embed it in your blog post.

6. What do the road signs in your country say about you? Take photos of some unusual road signs that typify your country and include them in a post or slideshow. Thanks Miss T for this idea.

7. Next Sunday the 10th day of the 10th month of the 10th year of the century is a world wide activity day called “One day on Earth”.  Check out their video here. What are you and your class going to do for this day?

One Day on Earth Participant Trailer from One Day On Earth on Vimeo.

8. Find an image with creative commons that represents your country or town. Write a post about it and its importance to your country or you.

Original image: ‘Russel Falls

Russel Falls

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