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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Student registration March 2010

The time has arrived for students to register their personal blogs if they are taking part in the student blogging challenge for March 2010.  Please register only once and check a couple of days later that your name and blog is on the page to the right called ‘March 2010 students’.  If your name is not there, I will have taken it off because you had a wrong URL most likely.

Teachers – can’t see the google form to register?

You came to this blog to register your class for the student blogging challenge, but you can’t see the google form on the previous post?

Here is a link to the google form that you should be able to get to, but please also remember to use the mailchimp email in the previous post as this will help if we do a general mailout to teachers about the challenge or the activities involved.

Now check the page on the right sidebar called ‘March2010 classes’ to make sure your class blog is registered correctly.

Students will be able to register next week.  They will have a different form to the teachers and they will also have their page on the right sidebar.

Time for teachers to register their classes

There are two things included in this post for teachers to do.

Fill in the mailchimp email below. This will allow us to send out to all classes a newsletter or reminder in one mail out without Sue Waters or Miss W having to do separate emails.

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Fill in the google form which will then have results shown in the page on the right called ‘March 2010 classes’

Registering your blog for the challenge in March

Next Sunday, there will be two registration forms – one for classes and one for students.  They will be google forms embedded in the post but there will also be a link in case you can’t get google forms at school.

Please make sure you fill in the correct form.  Once you have registered, please check the next day on the page for students or classes to make sure your information is correct. Every Sunday I will be re-sorting the student page according to the country you are from.  I will also be deleting any registrations that don’t work correctly – wrong URL given.

I hope you all enjoy the challenge this year.

Is your class taking part?

Teachers, after having run the student blogging challenge three times, I am getting a feel for those things that need to be done BEFORE your class actually takes part in the challenge.

Have you created a class blog? There are many different platforms to use but instructions in these challenges will be for those teachers and students using Edublogs.

On your class blog, do you have a map or list of where visitors are coming from to read your blog? Checkout clustrmaps and flag counter.

If your students have their own blog, have you created a blogroll (also known as adding links) to make it easy for your readers to visit their blogs?  If you are unsure about this, check out the link on the sidebar called “Edublogs Help and Support”.

Also check out “The Edublogger” where Sue Waters is going to give a countdown of activities  for teachers to do ready to  have classes taking part in the student blogging challenge this year.

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