Challenge 10 – Sept 2010

Well, this is it!! The last challenge post for the year 2010.

Usually when you finish a project or area of study at school you have to evaluate how well it went. That is what we will be asking you to do for this final challenge.

This final challenge is an audit of your blog since the beginning of September 2010.

  • How many posts did you write?
  • How many were school based, your own interests or set by the challenge?
  • 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?

Other activities for this last challenge include:

1.  Change the theme on your blog to reflect that it is Christmas time and the month of December – remember though to change the theme again early in January.

2.  Do you still want to take part in some challenges or write posts for other students to comment on? Then visit these two blogs:

Blogger’s Café,    Bringing us together

3. Write a post you think would be suitable to add to this international student blog.  It will need writing, a question at the end, images, perhaps other media like a poll or slideshare.  What topic will you choose?

If you would like to be an author on the international blog, leave a comment here on this post.  Also remember to hyperlink to this post when you write your challenge so I can visit.  The best challenges will be added to the international blog.

Teachers – if you would be interested in having your class join the international blog, please leave a comment under the page heading “Join us”. I will start organizing the calendar again so each class has about two weeks or a fortnight in which to have control of the blog.

4. A few teachers are starting to put together a teacher challenge blog similar to this student challenge blog. What hints or tips would you give teachers who are starting out on the journey of blogging for themselves or with a class blog or individual student blogs? Write a post with your hints and link it back to this post, so we can then add your hints to our teacher challenge next year.

Finally, I would like to say a big thank you to all the students and classes who took part in this challenge.  I hope you learnt a lot and will be sharing your knowledge with your new teachers in the coming years. Remember the next challenge will start in early March 2011, so visit here again in February ready to register for the new challenge.

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Challenge 8 and 9 – Sept 2010

What an exciting last two weeks in the challenge! You have had a chance to win big by taking part in the Edublogger’s competition. I have visited there often and noticed there are over 150 comments and links. If you win, congratulations on having a 12 month Pro blog subscription. How will this change your blog?

You also had a chance to nominate blogs for the Edublog Awards. I read on their blog that they had thousands of nominations and had to shortlist all the categories. Again, congratulations to those students, teachers and classes who were nominated for a category. Make sure you visit the Edublog Awards page and vote for your favourite blogs.  Be sure to check out the other blogs as well, because they can give you ideas on how to improve your own blog.

While checking out the Edublogger competition, I noticed Sue Waters had created a post relating to one of the topics in the competition. It was about what you would include if you were in charge of the student blogging challenge.

The challenges for week 9 are:

1.  Use one or more of the tools mentioned in this post on the EdubloggerEmbed your result in a post explaining why you chose that particular tool. Be careful though, some of the tools require you to be 13+ to use it. Make sure you check out the terms and conditions first before adding it to your blog, unless your teacher joins with a class account.

2. Vote for your favourite blogs in the Edublog Awards (see link above).

3.  Visit these class blogs to leave at least three comments altogether – Mrs Ratzel, Mrs Buist, Mrs YollisMr MillerThe Ripple Effect, Miss NicholsClimb HighFreeville Room 5, Mrs Ross’s class,   Through our window ( a competition for December), CO-Connections, Huzzah4/5/6/Learning Centre and 5th grade bobcats.

4. Have you been having some regular visitors to your blog? Maybe it was a teacher who left some comments or some students. Write a post thanking them and explaining why you appreciated them visiting your blog. Find your name on the September Students list and you should find the name of the teacher who was supposed to visit you at least 2 or 3 times over the last few weeks.

5. Start thinking about your post for next week. It will be about reflecting on your blogging journey so far – wait till next week though before writing it as I will leave a few suggestions of what to do for this last challenge.

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Time to nominate

blankmeHave you been reading some class blogs lately where teachers are nominating blogs for the ‘Edublog Awards’? These blogs do not have to be Edublogs platform but can be WordPress, blogmeister, kidblogs etc.  The important thing is you only have until

December 3, 2010

to nominate your blogs.

Here is how Mrs Yollis wrote her post with the nominations – notice she included a link to every blog she was nominating and gave lots of reasons why she was nominating that blog. She also included the category she was nominating for.

Ms Woodward also nominated mainly by including links.

Miss W. has also nominated some blogs at her personal blog. Many of them are student blogs from the challenge.

Students could nominate for one or more of these:

Best individual blog
Best group blog
Best new blog
Best class blog
Best student blog
Best resource sharing blog
Best teacher blog
Best librarian / library blog
Best school administrator blog
Best educational tech support blog
Best educational use of audio
Best educational use of video / visual
Best educational wiki
Best educational use of a social network

So this is the challenge for this week

What do you have to do?

1. Write your post including your nominations. Make sure you include a link to each person’s blog that you nominate. Remember, you can’t nominate your own blog.

2.  Include a link to this blog post so I get a pingback.  http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/2010/11/27/time-to-nominate-2/

3.  Now come to this post and leave a comment that includes the link to your post where you have written your nominations.

4.  If you don’t do all three things then your nominations won’t be included.

I will be closing off comments on this post on December 3 once the whole world is on December 4.

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Leaving links back to a post

Yesterday when I checked all the comments on this blog, I found this one from Olivia.

Hey Miss W,
I was wondering what you have to do to get mentioned…
Please visit my blog at http://olivia110gs.edublogs.org
~Olivia~

So I visited Olivia’s blog and found she had only been linking to the URL for  Challenge Yourself to Blog  eg http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org

If you want to send a trackback or a pingback, you have to link to a post within the blog. eg if writing about your digital footprint activity in Challenge 7, you need to link to this URL  http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/2010/11/09/challenge-7-sept-2010/

By the time I opened the blog this morning, Olivia had gone back through all her posts and changed the link and now they have appeared on my pingback list.

Well done, Olivia!

Here are a few pages written by Sue Waters from ‘The Edublogger’ about:

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Have you visited these blogs?

Previous challenges: Jacqueline writes about her culture, inspiring work by Coleman, Windows into 2T about images, Ashley about attribution, Tate adding images, Anni about images, Hayley about images, paragraph beginners by Jared,  digital footprint with JacquelineJared’s digital footprint, Science Girl Em has a footprint, Ashley’s footprint and sentence starters, Ryan improves his posts, Hayley recommends some blogs, Jacqueline’s leading sentences, Jonny’s checking his footprint, Tate looking at his footprint,

More from the game “Count out three” – Jacqueline, Megan also tells about school in same post, Jonny, Grace, Millie, Ashley,

More polls: animals with Hanna, animals with Jonny,

School day: Indy, Jonny, JaredLouise, ShaniaAshleyTate,

Zoom out story:  toy dog with Teegan, Huzzah,

Tutorial: adding tags with Teegan,

Grace has been writing all her challenge answers on a page rather than posts, so I haven’t received any pingbacks. Luckily I was checking her blog before writing her ICT report this weekend.

Krithika writes about the challenges of learning to blog.

Windows into 2T created a slideshow of their school day.

Can you answer Millie’s cyber safety questions?

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Take a step.. Unwind & Relax
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