One Day on Earth

On October 10, one of the blogging challenges will relate to this fantastic idea from a ning called ‘One Day on Earth’. Teachers, please join your classes in the ning or be prepared to complete a similar activity on your blog around that date.

When you join, you can receive details for an educational pack that will help you download the films you have taken and also how to look at that downloaded by others around the world.

This is certainly global community at its best, showing off your land and culture to others around the world.


Visit One Day On Earth

Ideas for challenge activities

This is the fifth challenge I have organized and I seem to be running out of ideas for challenge activities. I wonder if the students and teachers who have taken part in previous years, or those who will be joining us for the first time, could think of some interesting topics we could include.

Many of the students  will be blogging for the first time so everything will be new, but some students  will have been blogging for over six months. Perhaps some of you took part in the challenge in March – I don’t want to repeat the same challenges so, please

“Give me some ideas!”

Original image: ‘Green Elephants Garden Sculptures

Green Elephants Garden Sculptures

by: epSos .de  Released under an Attribution License

Teachers: register class blogs here

A few changes this year to the way teachers register for the blogging challenge. Ronnie, from Edublogs, has created a form that will allow us to have a directory on the Sept. 2010 classes page. The directory will show the latest three posts from your class blog as well as a thumbnail of your blog.

UPDATE UPDATE We have found this directory is not working well when using Internet Explorer. If possible use Firefox when viewing the Sept. 2010 Classes page.

So here we go:
1. Fill in the form below.
2. On the sidebar, fill in the details for the mailing list chimp.

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Every three or four weeks we will be sending out a newsletter regarding the challenge. This will go to each person who has filled in the mailing list chimp.

Are you ready for the challenge in September?

Keep watching this space. Within the next month, I will be putting in new registration forms for those classes and students wishing to take part in the September Challenge.

In the meantime, check out the classes and students who participated in March. Links are on the pages to the right labelled “March 2010 classes” and “March 2010 students”.

Do you want to know what some of the challenges were? Then check out the “Challenge section” for March 2010.

Do you have a great idea for a challenge post? Please leave a comment if you do.

Would you like to write a challenge post in your class blog? If yes, we can redirect the challenge one week to your blog

If teachers want to begin organizing their blogs ready for the challenge, then check out the series of posts in “The Edublogger” written by Sue Waters.

This series includes:

Original image: ‘Ready, set, Go!

Ready, set, Go!

by: Caio Vítor

Released under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License

Time to nominate

Well the official part of the challenge is finished until September 2010 when we will start all over again. But there is one more thing we would like you to do.

Over the past ten weeks, you have been visiting lots of different blogs from students and classes around the world. Some of them you have found more interesting than others. What was it that made you re-visit a blog more than once? What makes one blog stand out above all the other blogs you visited?

Nominating a blog for the Edublogs awards later this year

There are some rules you must follow to make it easy for the Edublogs team to find and visit your nominated blog(s).

  1. You may nominate, if you wish,  a student blog from your school, a student blog from anywhere else in the world and a class blog.
  2. You must write a post explaining why this blog is deserving of the student or class blog award. Give lots of reasons why this blog is fantastic and why you want to nominate it. If nominating more than one blog, you must write a post for each nomination.
  3. Each post must have 2 links: first to the blog you are nominating and second back to this post explaining how to nominate. (That means I will get a pingback and Edublogs team will be able to check easily from my one post.)
  4. You must then come back to this challenge post and leave a comment saying which blogs you have nominated and leaving their URL, in case the pingback doesn’t work.

Remember, nominate the very best blogs you have found during the challenge. The student blog or class blog does not have to be officially taking part in the challenge. You might have found one while clicking on blogrolls in some of the activities we have done. The blog must have recent posts when judging occurs later this year.

By the end of June there will be badges you may copy to your sidebar, saying you took part in the March 2010 student blogging challenge, so keep checking here over the next few weeks.

Good luck with your blogging and hope to see you all again in September.

March 2010: Challenge 10

Well, it is time to say farewell, so long or adieu from this first set of challenges in 2010. For those keen classes and students we will start again in September with a new set of challenges. So keep coming back here, early September, so you can register again.

But this final challenge is an audit of your blog since the beginning of March 2010.

      • How many posts did you write?
      • How many were school based or your own interests?
      • How many comments did you receive from classmates, teachers or overseas students?
      • Which post received the most comments? Why do you think that happened?
      • Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why?
      • Did you change blog themes at all and why?
      • How many widgets do you have? Do you think this is too many or not enough?

      Now ask another student and teacher/parent from your school who might not have read your blog to do an audit. Sit beside them while they navigate around your blog, record what you observe as they interact with your blog. When finished, ask them the following questions:

      • What were your first impressions of this blog?
      • What captured your attention?
      • What distracted you on the blog?
      • What suggestions can you give me to improve my blog?

      From these audits, you should be getting an idea of what makes a great blog.

      Next week, even though the challenge will be over, there will be a post about nominating a great class blog and student blogs ( one from your class and one from elsewhere) ready for the end of year Edublogs Awards. So make sure you are still visiting the other blogs.

      Also if your class would like to be in charge of the ‘Bringing us Together” blog for a period of two weeks, please leave a comment on this post and I will add you to the calendar. This is a blog for classes to use in between the challenges, so we are still working together. Teachers, if you want your class blog to be added to the blogroll, leave a comment here as well.

      Original image: ‘Come Back Soon

      Come Back Soon

      by: Thomas Hawk

      Released under an Attribution-NonCommercial License

      Lots of discussion with the infographics

      Wow! There was certainly a variety of opinions when the students and teachers looked at the infographics regarding teenagers and their use of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and use of cell phones. Read some of their answers for yourself and add a comment to keep the conversation going.

      Teachers: Miss Nichols,

      Students: Emily, Sparky, Mimi, Ares, Tulsi, Anthony, Nathan, Andrew, Livy, Pomona, Cheyenne, Reece, Jessica, Angelina, Dominique,

      Original image: ‘Facebook

      Facebook

      by: Mike Stimpson

      Released under an Attribution-NonCommercial License

      March 2010: Challenge 9

      Time is running out and the penultimate challenge is about to start. I hope you have enjoyed the challenges for this first part of the year. Remember another set of challenges will start in September 2010. Perhaps you will also join then.

      So what can we do for this – the second last challenge?

      Most blogs you have visited have been either classroom blogs or other blogs written by students taking part in the challenge. This time I am going to direct you to a few  interesting infographics I have found relating to teenagers and their use of the web.  Look at these infographics and write a post mentioning:

      • your opinion of the information on the graphic
      • how well do you fit into that infographic
      • is this typical of your friends

      How are teens using their cell phones – remember you can go back to the article and leave a comment.

      Look at the growth of facebook over the last 6 years

      How often do you check twitter and facebook or take a phone message?

      What type of online user are you?

      Leave a comment here about which infographic you found most interesting and why.

      Reminder, next week we are going to ask you to nominate one student blog and one class blog that you feel is outstanding and deserving of an Edublogs award at the end of the year. Make sure you have visited lots of blogs that are not from your school, as you will not be able to nominate anyone from your school.

      I suggest you check out the list of student blogs and class blogs on the sidebar and see if you feel any are as good as or better than those that won last year. Check out 2009  nominations here: class and student.

      Original image: ‘5 vor 12

      5 vor 12

      by:

      Released under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License

      March 2010: Challenge 8

      So you have now visited lots of blogs and there are some that you want to visit all the time. How can you do this easily?

      One option is to subscribe to that blog’s posts.

      1. You can subscribe by email – every time a new post is written you will be sent an email telling you about it, so you can visit and read the post and leave a comment.
      2. You can subscribe by using a reader or personalised homepage like Google Reader, Pageflakes, Yahoo Pipes, Netvibes – this time when a post is written it will be added to your reader or homepage – you will need to visit  often to see if there are any new posts from your friends.

      On the top right corner of this blog you will see the orange button which is for the RSS feeds using a reader and you will also see the Feedburner service for email subscribers. On your meta widget on your sidebar there is usually a post/entries RSS feed and a Comment RSS feed which can be used as well.

      Sue Waters wrote a post for teachers on how to create a folder in Google reader that might be helpful.

      Second option is to have a link to your favourite blogs on your blogroll. You should have done this activity a couple of weeks ago.

      Activities for this week:

      • Make sure your meta widget is visible on your blog so your readers can subscribe from there.
      • On your blog, add a Feedburner subscribe by email and reader widget. Or leave a note in a text box telling your readers to subscribe using the meta widget RSS posts. You will need to have a Google account to use these – so check with your parents first.
      • Subscribe by email to at least three blogs you want to read all the time. If under 13, you will need to just add the URLs to your blogroll.
      • Count out three – click on a blog on your blogroll (1), now click on a blog from their blogroll (2) and finally click on a blog from that blogroll (3) – leave a comment on a post at this blog.  Do this activity at least three times and write a post saying which blogs you visited and what posts you left a comment on. Why did you choose that post?
      • Write a post about how you can attract readers to your blog.  If you have been blogging for a while, write a set of tips for new bloggers about attracting a world wide audience.
      • Still more time, write a post of your choice – music, sport, holidays etc Include an image with attribution.
      Original image: ‘RSS Combined

      RSS Combined

      by: Kyle Wegner

      Released under an Attribution-NonCommercial License