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.

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?

Original image: ‘Three Ladies in Conversation‘  by: John Wigham
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