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,

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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

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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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Questions

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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,

Original image: ‘I’m blogging this.

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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