Week 4: Let’s join globally

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE MENTORS

Remember, I will be deleting any students who have mentors already allocated over the Easter break if:

  1. there is no About Me page or post visible – make sure the pages widget is in your sidebar if your pages don’t appear up in your header area
  2. there is not at least two other posts related to the challenge activities
  3. no comments can be left – country in pink
  4. you haven’t been commenting back to your mentor

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE

I have now created the flipboard magazine for this set of challenges. I will only be adding posts that:

  • are written in paragraphs
  • have been proofread
  • include an image, sound or video with attribution

So make sure you have taken note of last week’s learning about creative commons.

 

The last couple of months have had many international special days or events happening. How many have you taken part in at either school or at home?

This Saturday is one I take part in each year – Earth Hour.

Check out their video for the 2015 event

  • Now add an image to a widget on your blog sidebar – you might need to change the size to 200 by 200
  • Check out the starter kit for banners, logos and posters. Teachers might get some ideas from the guides to use in class during the week.
  • Find out what is happening in your country and in other countries around the world.

Activities for this week are all to do with the globe or the world we live in.

Activity 1.

Join our Free Rice group called Student Blogging Challenge or create one for your class. Every answer you get right, means 10 grains of rice donated to the World Food Programme. Since October 2011, we have had 86 students join and donate 116, 300 grains of rice. I wonder how many we could have by the end of Easter? Can you add a widget to Free Rice on your blog?

Activity 2.

Write a list of international events you have taken part in since Christmas 2014. What were they celebrating? What did you do to celebrate?

Activity 3.

Visit at least 5 blogs from countries other than your own. Leave a comment on a post at each blog. Now write your own post including the comment you have left and linking to each post you commented on.

Activity 4.

If you could create an international event, what would it be called? What would we be celebrating? Create some of the advertising material you might use – eg logo, banner, image, flyer

Activity 5.

Think of a special celebration in one country of the world. Find three images of the event. Under each image, give a clue as to the event.

On the final line, write a bit more about the event for your visitors to read. Include a link to another website giving more information on the event. Remember to include attribution for each image and perhaps a question for your readers to answer.

Activity 6.

Write about one special event you have taken part in. It might be an educational global event or an international event from the United Nations or a special event from your country. Find an image to add to your post. Remember to use attribution correctly. Include a link to another website giving more information on the event.

Activity 7.

Add at least five international blogs to your blogroll or links ready for a game we will hold after Easter. If you can’t add links on your blog, add them in a post instead.

Activity 8.

What are some games or apps you use that relate to global studies or geography of the world? Include a link to the website or app.

Activity 9.

What could you, your class, your school, your town do to help with the climate change problem for more than the one hour on Saturday 28 March 2015?

 

Previous week’s activities: Visit and leave quality comments 

Eagle Wordsmiths have a question for students or classes in each country in the challenge. Please answer their questions.

Mr Jewell’s class would like some feedback from other bloggers re use of images.

Ms Andrews’ class wrote lots of poems and stories using images

Olivia wrote a brilliant post about copyright

Commenting: Brooke created a Prezi, Tess and Jamie created a video,

A-Z paragraph: Eagle Wordsmiths, 3/4 Coe,

Zoom Out: Brianna and her ladybird, Miss Scarrott and keyring, Lucas and Spencer made a zoom movie, Jennifer used Kizoa for a movie,

Controversy – iPhones at school, BYOT at school, School start later, New York Yankees,

Book Review: Delirium,

Poems: Danielle, AlexR, Kayla, Jazzy, Rachel, Jamie, Xander, Hank, Sophia, Isabel, Paige, Keyan,

Stories to finish: Jonah, Cassie, Andrew, Chelsea, Hannah, Penelope,

Conversations are happening: Kendall and Merry, Nelly and Merry,

About pages: Compare Hobart to your town, Riley, Cloie’s slideshow about family, Hailey, Lucas and family,

Passionate about: Flying with AlexS, elephants with Ava,

Copyright and creative commons: A video about music,

Sentences to read: Erica, Mackenzie, Andrew,

Using images in lots of activities: Renee, Aymen, Nelly, Lucas,

Jigsaw puzzle: Kendall,

 

Still got time left this week:

1. Visit other student and class blogs – leave some quality comments

2. Reply to comments on your own blog – if your country is in pink then visitors can’t leave comments.

3. Start using tags and categories with each post you write to make it easier for people to find posts on certain topics. Make sure you have the tags and categories widgets in your sidebar.

Having lots of  links to student blogs from other countries will help spread the game.

Here are the instructions for adding links to your sidebars.

EdublogsBloggerKidblog – not sure if this widget goes on the class page or each student page

Teachers and students please read this

I have started allocating mentors to students over the last couple of weeks.

There is one problem they are having.

They can’t leave comments on some blogs because of the privacy settings you have set up on your blogs.

 

This is especially for those using Blogger or Blogspot.

Can you please make sure that Name/URL is an option on all blogger blogs when leaving a comment?

I will be checking these over the weekend and will be putting countries in bright pink if comments can’t be left on those blogs.

 

Some Edublogs or campus setup blogs also are not allowing comments.

Can you please make sure visitors don’t have to login to leave a comment?

I will be checking these over the weekend and will be putting countries in bright pink if comments can’t be left on those blogs.

2015 Student Blogging Challenge Badges Are Here!

sbc2015

The 2015 Student Blogging Challenge begins in early March. If you want to register, go here.

In preparation for this year’s upcoming challenge, we have the new 2015 badges ready to add to your blogs.

You can right click the badge above to save it to your computer, and then follow the instructions below to add the badge to your blog.

Adding A Badge to Your Blog’s Sidebar (Edublogs & WordPress)

Using the Image Widget

  1. First, save the image above to your computer.
  2. Then, log into your blog and go to Media > Add New and upload the badge.
  3. Then go to Appearance > Widgets.
  4. Add an Image Widget to your sidebar.
  5. Give the Image Widget a title (Optional); something like “Student Blogging Challenge 2015″ would work well.
  6. Click the Add Image link and then click the Media Library link to choose the badge image from your library.
  7. Click the “Show” link next to the badge.
  8. When the image details appear, scroll to the bottom and click “Insert Into Widget.”
  9. Once the image is added to the widget, paste http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/ into the link URL so anyone interested in the challenge can easily click through.
  10. Click Save.

Using a Text Widget

  1. Login to your blog and go to Appearance > Widgets.
  2. Add a Text widget to your sidebar.
  3. Give the Text Widget a title (Optional); something like “Student Blogging Challenge 2015″ would work well.
  4. Copy and paste the following code into your widget:
  5. Click Save.

Vote for best class blog

If you go to Edublog Awards website, you will find you can vote using List.ly but you need to be 13 or older to have an account.

So to allow our younger bloggers to vote for the best class blog, we have created this poll below. You will be allowed to vote for one blog each day.

How to vote.

  1. Check out all the class blogs at the Edublog Awards link above.
  2. Decide on one you want to vote for.
  3. Come back here and find it in the list.
  4. Vote for it.

Voting will close at 11:59pm EST on Monday, December 15th. Click here for other timezones.

STOP PRESS STOP PRESS
One vote per day per IP address. Most schools have the same IP address for every school computer, so students will need to vote from home, libraries, wifi cafes, relatives houses etc.

 

Vote for best student blog

If you go to Edublog Awards website, you will find you can vote using List.ly but you need to be 13 or older to have an account.

So to allow our younger bloggers to vote for the best student blog, we have created this poll below. You will be allowed to vote for one blog each day.

How to vote.

  1. Check out all the blogs at the Edublog Awards link above.
  2. Decide on one you want to vote for.
  3. Come back here and find it in the list.
  4. Vote for it.

Voting will close at 11:59pm EST on Monday, December 15th. For other timezones, check here.

STOP PRESS STOP PRESS
One vote per day per IP address. Most schools have the same IP address for every school computer, so students will need to vote from home, libraries, wifi cafes, relatives houses etc.

 

Week 9: Time to show off

This is our penultimate week of the challenge this year. It is time for you to show off the skills you have learnt over the past eight weeks of the challenge.

What could you have learned if you did every challenge?

  • Week 1 – blogging terminology, post/page, about me page, avatars, uploading to blog, creating a slideshow or customizing your header
  • Week 2 – finding your way round a blog, commenting skills, adding HTML in comments, HTML code for your URL in a comment, commenting guidelines, getting family and friends involved in your blog, adding blogs to your blogroll, adding widgets to your sidebar
  • Week 3 – creating and embedding a quiz, visiting overseas blogs, commenting on other student/class blogs
  • Week 4 – digital footprint, googling yourself, Blog Action Day 2014
  • Week 5 – adding images and videos, creative commons, attribution, ways to create your own images, make a jigsaw puzzle from an image, tags and categories
  • Week 6 – new tools like Powtoon, changing themes for a celebration, customising header, countdown widgets
  • Week 7 – flipboard magazine, creating polls, interviewing relatives for posts, connecting with other schools
  • Week 8 – visiting blogs game, nominating great blogs for awards

The one and only activity for the next two weeks:

global issues

Write a post on a global issue you would like to help solve

I chose this topic because I have just spent 5 days attending a fantastic online conference about global education #globaled14. Check the hashtag for some great links to use for your challenge post.

Having read many of your posts, I came up with the following essentials in a great post.

  1. catchy title
  2. includes at least two visuals whether photo, cartoon, video or another web 2.0 tool like padlet, glogster, wordle etc
  3. interesting topic with the passion of the author coming through, shows well researched topic
  4. well written and not copy/pasted from somewhere else
  5. shows it has been proofread and spellchecked
  6. written in paragraphs – at least three of them
  7. includes links to other websites on similar topics – at least two of these
  8. attribution for any images, video, music or clip art used – including those used in slideshows etc

Here are some examples of great posts from last challenge:

Mark wrote about what family means

Nathan wrote about global issues in general

Kaitlyn wrote about education around the world

Pranav wrote about travelling overseas

Jannat wrote about my future

When you have finished your post, please come back here to the blogging challenge and leave a comment on this post.

Mention which topic you wrote about and leave a link to your post.

Those posts covering the eight things mentioned above will be added to our special flipboard magazine called One World, Our World.

Nominations are nearly closed

PS Have you remembered to nominate some people for the Edublog Awards? Time is running out for the deadline for nominations. November 24

Week 5: Pictures and videos

Admin: This week I am starting to highlight student names and classes from the participants list, if either I or your mentor feel you have not completed enough challenge posts. I know some classes have been on holidays and fall break, so to stay on the list, you need to have completed the following:

  • an about me page or post
  • 2 other posts related to challenge activities

I will be highlighting in red those students  that I will be deleting next weekend. Anyone who still has the basic blog with no posts at all will be deleted immediately.

Now to this week’s challenge

I have been visiting many blogs over the last few weeks. Some students new to blogging have been writing some great posts while others who have been blogging for a bit longer have started adding videos and images to their posts.

Yes, this week we deal with using images, music and sounds in your posts.

But can’t I use any image, music or sound that is on the internet?

No, you must use creative commons or in some cases the fair use rule.

But where can I find these images, music and sounds?

Sue Waters over at the teacher challenge has written a fantastic post about images, copyright and creative commons. I would suggest you all head over there to read the post. She explains about creative commons and the licences, attribution, how to find images for your blog and how to upload images to your blog. Most of this would be appropriate whether you are using Edublogs, blogger or any other blogging platform. This might be very wordy for some students, but Sue uses lots of images and how to do sections in her posts.

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Have you read Sue Waters’ post yet?

Off you go then come back here for more information and the activities for this week.

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Other places to find information

Head to the creative commons website. Check out the CC wiki to find out what is happening in your country. What are the different licenses used? Teachers check out the education section of creative commons. Youtube allows creative commons for videos. Teachers: A fantastic guide to copyright, fair use and creative commons has been written by Ronnie Burt and I would suggest you read this to understand more about using images, music and video on your blogs. Larry Ferlazzo also has a great “Best List for images” that you might want to check out as well. Mrs Yollis did an activity with her students about creative commons.

OK I want to use some legal creative commons images and music in my slideshow.Where can I go to get them?

Do you have compfight plugin for your blogging platform? Follow the instructions from Sue Waters’ post.

Other places to get images and music:

You will need to work out how to get the attribution to put on your posts. Check Sue Waters’  post to get more help and more places for images. This post from Edublogs explains how to add media in all its forms to your blog posts or pages. If using blogger, check out the posts from this blog.

Images

Music and sound effects

JamendoCCMixter, post with 14 websites for music, post with 20+ websites for music, post with 55+ sites with sound effects

Now for the activities for this week

Activity 1 Watch this video about sharing work and write a post about what you learned.

 Activity 2. Check out this story using remix and fair use of video. Leave a comment below after watching the video. What was interesting, positive or negative about it?

 Activity 3. Find an image or piece of music. Add it to your post (with attribution) and write a poem relating to the image or music. Invite your readers to write their own poems.

Activity 4. Similar to activity 3. Find an interesting landscape image (include attribution).  Write the beginning of a story relating to your image. Remember to include a conflict of some sort between your characters. Invite your readers to finish the story. How many different endings can you get? Which ending do you prefer? You might need to visit some other bloggers and invite them to finish your story. Remember to leave the URL of your post for them to click on. Leave a comment on this post if you want me to visit and finish your story.

Activity 5. Write a sentence using just images – no words. You still need to include attribution for each image you have used.

Activity 6. Find 5 images that create a story – again no words only the attribution for each image.

Activity 7. Create a slideshowphoto gallery or poster about your interests to add to your about me page or as a separate post. Your final slide should include attribution for each image.

Activity 8Create your own images and add to a post of your choice. In your post add a link to the website or tool you used to create your image.

Other options for creating your own images include:

  1. Image Generators such as ImageGenerator.org
  2. Comic Generators like MakeBeliefsComix.com,  ToonDoo
  3. Photo Editors like Befunkyfd’s Flickr Tools
  4. Tag Cloud Creators such as Wordle
  5. Graph Creators including GraphJam and Crappy Graphs

Mixing up your images using these types of tools can really spice up your posts! Leave a comment on this post, if you or your class can recommend some other image sites to add to this list.

 Activity 9Zoom out from an image

We first tried this activity in the challenge in September 2010. Choose a picture, and have your readers zoom out, so to speak, by leaving comments.  Check out the example from Huzzah who finished their story. 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.

Check out these zoom pictures: BeckyJacquelineAbbey

Activity 10Go back to previous posts

If you have used images in any previous posts you have written, then you are ethically obliged to go back to the post and give the correct attribution or take the image out of the post if it does not have the right creative commons license.

Activity 11Create a jigsaw from your image. Check out how Mrs Schmidt’s students did this for a previous activity. Here is a post from Mrs Schmidt with a tutorial on how to create the jigsaw images.

ready to goActivity 12Tell the story of the picture

From Bill Ferreirae – I sometimes 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, here 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.

Photo Source: from Miss Wyatt’s Flickr account

Activity for 13

Find 13 websites for creative commons images, clip art, music, videos. This can also include tools for finding these images. Write a post including a link to each site or tool.

Still got time left this week:

1. Visit other student and class blogs – leave some quality comments

2. Reply to comments on your own blog - if your country is in yellow then your mentor has been leaving comments but you haven’t answered.

3. Start using tags and categories with each post you write to make it easier for people to find posts on certain topics. Make sure you have the tags and categories widgets in your sidebar.

4. Have at least five other student blogs linked on your sidebar – students from other classes and schools – not your own. We will need this for a game we play in a couple of weeks.

Try to have a few different headings like

  • My Blogging Friends
  • Other Class Blogs

Having lots of  links to student blogs from other countries will help spread the game.

Here are the instructions for adding links to your sidebars.

EdublogsBloggerKidblog – not sure if this widget goes on the class page or each student page

 Most important thing to take away from this week’s challenge is:

Use creative commons images, not just any image on the net. Always include attribution of where you found the image. Compfight plugin does this for you.

PS If you have done the blogging challenge before, you will find these activities are nearly the same each time. If you have ideas for different activities please leave a comment on this post.

 

Blog Action Day 2014 Inequality

Stand With Malala @ ICT Discovery
Photo Credit: ITU_Pictures via Compfight

I thought how appropriate #blogactionday was to have the theme of inequality, especially after the announcement of the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Both winners, Kailash Satyarthi from India and Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan, are trying to restore inequality equality especially for children. (Thanks Ms Scott)

The United Nations states have signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child including India and Pakistan. Here is a photo story from UNICEF about children’s rights.

Where has childhood gone
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Brett Davies via Compfight

One of these rights is to be protected from exploitation – yet child labour is still prevalent in India. Mr Satyarthi founded the Save the Childhood movement known as Bachpan Bachao Andolan. He is a children’s rights activist who fights against child slavery, child trafficking and child bondage which have been common within India. He believes all children have the right to a quality and meaningful education. Read some of these stories of children who have been saved from rug making forced labour. Here is a game about a shoe sweatshop – could you survive?

Malala Yousafzai speaks at World Bank headquarters on the International Day of the Girl
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: World Bank Photo Collection via Compfight

Another of the rights is to an education – yet in Pakistan the Taliban attempted to assassinate Malala because of her outspokenness regarding the rights of girls to have an education. Despite winning the prize, there are many in Pakistan who believe Malala is a puppet for the Western governments who are anti Islam. Since being shot and recuperating in UK, she has travelled to other countries where girls are often not given the right to an education including Nigeria, where many schoolgirls were kidnapped.

But you ask what can one person alone do to help with inequality around the world?

Malala is one person who is making a difference – and it began with her making a speech and blogging about schooling under the Taliban. She now has an organization helping to spread the word around the world.

Kailash also has an organization now backing him while he works to solve the problem of inequality regarding children in his country.

What am I doing to help solve this problem?

I sponsor a child through World Vision - even though I can’t be there in person, my money can help with building schools, providing safe drinking water, teaching about safe health practices all of which improve the lives of families and hopefully get the children into school rather than walking miles every day to collect water.

I also have about 25 loans at the moment through Kiva – I mainly donate to women who are trying to improve their businesses or start one from the home. This also will then help their family and hopefully allow children to attend school for a good education.

I also have a student blogging challenge group on the Free Rice game where students can win rice that is then donated through the World Food Program to needy people around the world.

 

Online game to end hunger

 

What are you and your class doing to help solve the problems of inequality around the world, especially for children?

Warning …. Warning

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Students … students…

  • Have you been keeping up with the challenge activities?
  • Have you completed an about me page or post?
  • Have you written at least two other posts related to the challenge?
  • Have you been moderating your comments and replying to mentors?

In two weeks time, starting 19th October, I will be removing students off the student list if I feel they haven’t been doing the challenge activities mentioned above. Or if their country is in red still.

Why???

We have lots of students who don’t have mentors and have been doing the challenges. They deserve to get a mentor who can help them more with their blogging.

Classes… classes…

I will also be removing any class blogs that have no posts relating to the challenge at all.

I will keep those that have information posts telling students what to do on their own personal blogs relating to the challenge.

I will keep those where students have been writing posts on class blogs.

Mentors… mentors…

If you could get back to me around 19 October (via email) with a list of students in your group who have not completed activities mentioned above, that would help me when removing student names.

Once I have removed the names of non participants, I will then allocate a few more students to your list.

 Online Image Creators

Time for a break

Japanese Kit-Kat
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: jpellgen via Compfight

Next weeks activities will relate to digital citizenship and digital footprints and we will also be taking part in a global blogging activity with millions of bloggers around the world.

This is called “Blog Action Day 2014″ and is held every October. The theme for this year is “Inequality”  Please visit the blog action day website, register your blog if you are over thirteen, add the badge to your blog sidebar and start researching what you are going to include in your post on the 16th October. For ideas about inequality, visit the websites of the partners mentioned on BAD14 or look at their wordle here.

Many schools have been on holiday or breaks recently or may have only just joined the challenge. So this week does not count as a formal week in the challenge instead it is a time for being creative. Have a go using some of the tools mentioned on the sidebar of the student blogging challenge blog, leave a comment if there is another app or website you would recommend I add to the list.

We want to see or hear your creative masterpiece so you might need to make a screen shot to save as an image to add to your post. Otherwise add a link to where your creative work can be found.

Remember if you are under 13, you will need to get parent and / or teacher permission to use many of them.

Art

Writing

  • Magnetic poetry – create a poem using their words, take a screen shot or submit to their gallery and put link in your post
  • Use Fotobabble  (13+) or Blabberize to create a movie or book trailer
  • Register at Educaplay to create lots of games and literacy activities
  • Create a book that flips the pages at flipsnack. Check out the other links at the bottom as well.
  • Make beliefs comics are great for your creativity
  • Little Bird Tales for creative writing
  • Another great site is goanimate – teachers there is an education version of this as well

Music and audio

  • Isle of Tune is fantastic for creating your own musical items
  • Voki allows you to type or speak what you want the character to say
  • Audioboom – education version, create whatever you want to say on your blog then embed it.
  • Create tones to use on mobile phones at Wolfram – need quicktime plugin
  • Use keyboard, guitar or violin at this site
  • Play drums here, but use a headset
  • Create your own music and become a composer
  • Music activities for all ages

Science

Simulation Games

  • African Expedition – follow the route Henry Stanley took when he tried to find Dr Livingstone
  • Ayiti – make your family of five survive the years in Haiti
  • Refugees in Sudan – keep your refugee camp safe from militia
  • Shoe Sweatshop – create your own shoes to earn money for your family
  • Stop Disasters – develop a disaster plan to save your country
  • Third world farmer – develop your farm in Africa and survive with your family

Creating your own images include:

  1. Image Generators such as ImageGenerator.org
  2. Comic Generators like MakeBeliefsComix.comToonDoo
  3. Photo Editors like Befunkyfd’s Flickr Tools
  4. Tag Cloud Creators such as Wordle
  5. Graph Creators including GraphJam and Crappy Graphs

Sites suggested by previous students in the blogging challenge

Wacky Web Tales from Dawso

Stykz – similar to Pivot from Isabel

Edheads – try knee surgery from Gabriela

One of our mentors Maria, suggested these sites for creating quizzes

QuizBean,  SocrativePurpose Games,  Quizdini,   AnswerGarden,   FlipQuiz,   eQuizShow,  Quizlet

More new tools from students in the 2014 challenge

Zara recommends Audiotool for making music