Win! Win! Win!

The following post is cross posted from ‘The Edublogger‘ where Sue Waters has created a chance for students  and classes to win a 12 month Edublogs Pro blog.

The  September 2010 Student Blogging Challenge is nearing the end and the students have been working REALLY hard on their weekly challenges!

Approximately 900 students and 136 classes from 17 countries are participating.

It’s time to celebrate while using it as an opportunity to collect examples of student work!

So we’ve decided give away twenty Edublogs Pro 12 month subscriptions which you can use on your own blog or give away to a reader.

How to Enter

Any class or student blogger can enter, including bloggers not currently participating in the September 2010 Student Blogging Challenge!

Just write a post based on any of the topics themes listed below:

  1. Your story of how blogging has helped you connect to a global audience? What this connection has meant to you?   e.g.  the friends you have made, what you have learnt about other cultures, how you are able to share your passions with others, how you are able to use blogging to share your views on topics
  2. What difference has blogging made to your life at school and home? e.g. how has it changed how you learn, the challenges of blogging and how teachers might make the process easier
  3. What was the best weekly challenge task you completed in the September 2010 Student Blogging Challenge e.g.  what did it involve, what did you learn and why did you enjoy it the most?
  4. If you were in charge of the Student Blogging Challenge — what are some of the weekly challenge tasks you would include and why?
  5. Your own choice of topic.  Here’s the chance to demonstrate how creative you can be!

Once you have written your post:

Visit the Edublogger link at the top or bottom of this post

to find out how to submit your entry for the competition.

What you could win

The four best posts for each topic will win an Edublogs Pro 12 month subscription which you can use on your own blog or give away to a reader.

You can submit posts for as many topics you like!

And of course all winners will get a badge they can add to their blogs :)

Remember we’re looking for the best — so here is your chance to demonstrate your blogging, writing and creative skills!

You have until Friday Dec 3 to enter.

Miss Wyatt says “Thanks very much to Edublogs for providing the prizes for this competition. I am sure all entries will be well written, maybe include video, audio, animation as well as writing. Remember students, be creative, use your imagination.”

Students and classes: All comments for this post need to be written on the post at The Edublogger, so comments will be turned off on the challenge blog.

Challenge 7 – Sept 2010

Facebook for Dummies, anyone?photo © 2008 David Fulmer | more info(via: Wylio)
In the last couple of challenges, you have had to leave comments on other student and class blogs.

When you get to a blog, how do you find a great post to read that is of interest to you? You could:

  • read all the posts on the visible page
  • read every post on the blog
  • check out where other people have left comments by using the comment widget
  • use the search widget if it is on the sidebar
  • use the category widget
  • use the tags widget

The last three choices will get you straight to a post relating to the topic you want. So our activities this week relate to organizing your blog to make it easier for your readers to find interesting posts they might like to comment on. We are going to visit a couple of other teacher blogs who have already written about categories and tags.

1. Visit Teacher Mom who runs a homeschool blogging course and read her post about categories. Follow her instructions about creating categories for your blog posts. If using blogpost, visit Allanah King’s post on labels.

2. Some classes have a category widget on the sidebar, but they have changed the heading for it. What is the heading I have used here at the challenge blog? Check out these blogs and decide if you are going to change your heading or are you going to leave it as categories? All things QuebecKids in the Mid, Grace.  Notice some categories are drop down menus, others are rotating names (need a pro blog for this.)

3. If you are reading a non-fiction book, you have chapters on different topics – eg a book about frogs might have chapters on where they live, their habitat, food they eat, lifecycle.  These are like categories. But you also have an index at the back of the book with words like: frog, tadpole, pond, lilies, swamp, croak  These are what computer users call ‘tags.

The more often you use the word as a tag, the larger it will look in your tag widget. When you use a search engine like Google, they look for keywords and tags that are found on website pages and in blogs. When you use Flickrcc to find an image, they are also looking at tags the photographers have added to their photos. Sue Waters from ‘The Edublogger’ has written a great post about the differences between categories and tags (2 years old though still applicable today)

4. When writing posts, begin adding categories and/or tags. You should only have a few categories – it is like the chapter heading of a book. Go back to your previous posts and change the category. Check TeacherMom’s post about adding categories to previous posts. If writing a post for the challenge, perhaps a category ‘challenge 10′ would be useful.

The next few challenges relate to posts you might want to write about:

5. What is included in having a positive digital footprint? When should you start using your proper name and photo of yourself rather than an avatar? Who is responsible for showing you how to be internet savvy? What information do you include on profiles when you register at a website?  Write a post about your own digital footprint.  Give examples of where you can be found on the web. Note the links go to posts written by my students from last year. You might want to create a comic strip about your digital footprint. Check the links on the internet savvy posts to find some comic making websites. Danni created a comic on being internet savvy.

6. Mrs Smith at the Huzzah blog is making sure her students grab your attention from the very first sentence you read on their posts. Check these out and then create some really interesting sentence beginnings for your blog. Make sure you link back to Mrs Smith’s blog to show where you got the idea for your post.

7. Mrs Braidwood at the Ripple Effect found an interesting social media counter. Make sure you change the counters at the top for social, games etc as well as the amount of time.  What did you find fascinating about this counter? Has it made you think about your use of the world wide web? You might want to write a post about this counter. Make sure you include a link back to Mrs Braidwood’s blog to show where you found the idea for your post.

8. Privacy on Facebook – these links might be more useful for the older students taking part in the challenge. How many of you have used default settings when joining Facebook?

Look at this post to see how much can be seen with default settings and how it has changed over the last five years. Here is a newspaper article showing the 170 different privacy settings you could be changing. Here is a tool that can scan your facebook settings and give you hints about where to make some changes. The links to these posts are from a post written by Jenny Luca. An interesting infographic about Facebook. Some statistics from the Facebook press room.

Now that you have checked out these posts, have you made any changes to your Facebook settings? Write a post about your use of Facebook and how it might be affecting your digital footprint on the web. Check out this post by Derek who I just found by using the count out three game.

More time for visiting and leaving answers in the polls

10.126 UK election day polling station signphoto © 2010 Nick Anderson | more info(via: Wylio)
There are so many fantastic blog posts being written relating to the challenge activities.  Make sure you check this next lot out, especially the polls.

Previous challenges: Voicethread about Lawndale, Coleman about giftedness, the “I’s” have it, Marcy visits these blogs, must see Luna Park, Ashley’s tips for improving your blog, Theresa’s awesome image, see where Jonny lives, visit Peita for a couple of days, Tate recommends these blogs, all about Peita,

Polling: Fine arts with Abbey, sports with Teegan, book genre with Mr Carson, ducks with Miss Nichols, dogs with Janis, dolphins with Will TR,  King of pop with Michelle, leopards with Kaylita,  musical instrument with Essie,  monkeys with Mike, lollies and sweets with Miss Nichols, smoothies and islands by TJ, school subject with Indy, favourite Wimpy Kid book with Miss Y,

Story by zooming starts with aKeyboardSoda pop can, Koala,

Using images: JacquelineMarcy, ElizabethAlexander, Joe, Clay, Ben, Charlie, Matthew, Stella, Matthew, Jared, Mrs Cliff, Ms Woodward, Millie, Jonny, candy apple gallery with Millie, the fat cat story by Peita, cat and mouse story by Jonny,  Tom and Jerry by Lochie, a story in pictures by Jonny,

My day at school: Finn, Cassandra, Abbey,

Favourites: Hannah,

The game resultsCO Connections, Alexandra, Indy,

Three students in Mrs Yollis’ class have just earned their own blog.

The Scoopers have set a challenge – visit here to learn about it.

Challenge 6 – Sept 2010

There are only a couple of challenges this week, as we still have classes catching up. I am also putting together our school yearbook and it is now time to be writing reports.

1. The Game: Those who have taken part in a challenge before know the game of  ‘Count Out Three’. Here are the instructions:

  • click on a blog on the student list – count one
  • now click on a blog from their blogroll – count two
  • finally click on a blog from that blogroll – count three

Leave a comment on an interesting post at this blog.

Do this activity at least three times and finally, write your own post saying which blogs you visited and what 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 so that student gets a pingback or trackback.

2. Favourites: Lots of students enjoy writing about their favourite topics of music, food, books, games etc.

Create a poll by going to PollDaddy and embedding your poll in either your sidebar or a post.  How are students around the world similar in their likes?

Please answer my poll about what you enjoy about blogging.

3. A day at school: Amelia wrote an interesting post asking about a typical day at your school. Oops, link doesn’t work – maybe Amelia deleted this post. Hooray – Amelia has re-posted so visit there now.

  • What time does school begin?
  • How do you get to school?
  • How long is each subject?
  • What choices of subject do you have?
  • Are there after school activities?

Write a post about a typical day at your school. You might be able to take photos about your subjects for that day you are describing.

Time for a visit

Previous activities: Bree on internet security, Nicole’s questions about Britain and Scotland, Mr C and the avatars, Tate has 100’s of questions, Jared on improving blog, leaving a comment with the ScoopersHannah recommends blogs to visit, Matt wants me to visit NSW, good commenting from MatthewAmber invites you to her blog, Proud Canadians in comic form,  going to Las Vegas, visit Casey’s town, Courtney’s must see place, these represent my country,  visit Nicole’s town, please answer this question, and another question, please visit Tere’s town, visit the town of Kaiwaka, Grace and photos on blog, new school just joined the challenge, Tate on commenting, visit Becky’s town, visit the Galapagos Islands, visit the moon with Katya, what can you do without,

Posts on images and attribution: AbbeyR, Ms Woodward, David, Coleman, Mr Carson,

Story with no words: Teegan, Maria,

One picture paints a thousand wordsEileen, Year 6B,

Tutorial for including  images in posts: AbbeyR, Megan, Louise and Shani, David,

Story from a picture: AbbeyR, AlexisAlly, Dominique,

My family cultures: Hannah,

Let’s ZOOM out: 4/5 S begin with a footprint on the beach, Becky from some pencils,

Introducing a commenter: Braxton,

Original image: ‘Blue mists at Snoqualmie Falls

Blue mists at Snoqualmie Falls

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Miss Wyatt will be there

A few weeks ago, another Australian teacher suggested I put forward a presentation about the Student Blogging challenge to this Global Conference.

This week I received notice that my presentation had been accepted.

So on Tuesday 16 November at 4pm (my time) I will be presenting via my home computer and an Elluminate room which allows video conferencing around the world. Closer to the date I will include a link here to the Elluminate room, in case some of you wish to participate as well.

Those students and classes taking part in the blogging challenge:

  • Are there any things you think I should mention in my presentation?
  • What are you enjoying about the challenge?
  • How could it be improved?
  • How have you been connecting in a global world?

Here is the link for the conference information.

Cross posted on my class blog, ‘Kids in the Mid

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

Original image: ‘take a chance on me ??

take a chance on me ??

by: Andi

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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,

Original image: ‘Questions

Questions

by: Tim O’Brien

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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.

Original image: ‘Matcha Tea Kit-Kat

Matcha Tea Kit-Kat

by: Marc Phu

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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,

Original image: ‘I’m blogging this.

I'm blogging this.

by: Jhayne