Time now to vote

Did you nominate any blogs for the Edublog Awards?

Check out the shortlisted blogs under each category in their sidebar.

You have until December 13 to vote.

 

I would like to thank the teachers and students who nominated some blogs that I run:

Best new blog – Travelling with Mr Davo Devil

Best use of a social network – Student challenge

Lifetime achievement – Sue Wyatt   (aka Miss W aka tasteach)

 

Remember to also check out the class blogs and student blogs categories where your nominations might be found.

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Challenge 10: Evaluating and nominating

I’m sorry to say we are at the last challenge for 2011. Remember we start again in March 2012, on this blog again. But even though the challenge is over, you can still keep up with your new friends by visiting their blogs and leaving comments. The list of class and student participants will be left up on the blog until early February 2012.

Activity 1 – students and classes

Please evaluate the challenge mentioning something about the following topics:

Registration: Is two weeks early enough for registration to begin before the first challenge?

Subscription: Did you subscribe by RSS or email in order to get the posts as soon as they were published?

Student and class participants: How useful are these pages in the header of the blogging challenge?

The challenges:

  • Did you visit the actual challenge on the blog each week or did your teacher have a post on your class blog?
  • Which challenges were the most useful?
  • Which challenges were the most interesting?
  • What would be some other topics you would like included in future challenges?
  • Are more tutorial type challenges needed? eg how to make a link in your post
  • Were the ‘Visit these’ posts useful?
  • Were the challenges where you had to embed ie polls, cartoons, wallwisher etc interesting or could you not embed due to being a free Edublogs blog or a blogging platform that didn’t allow embedding?
  • Were there enough chances to visit blogs from overseas and make links with other students/classes?
  • Classes that registered – were there enough activities specific to classes?
  • Did you make global connections?
  • Anything else you would like to mention about the challenge in particular

Activity 2: This is an audit of your blog since the beginning of September 2011.

  • 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?
  • How many overseas students do you have on your blogroll?

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?

Activity 3: Nominating a blog for the Edublog Awards 2011

This year we would like classes to nominate two blogs they feel are excellent student blogs. They can be blogs from anywhere in the world. Choose a student from your class to write about the nominations in a post after you have discussed this as a class. eg best student blog or best new blog.

Teachers you may also take part in the nominations but you might like to check out the other sections where nominations are available.

Mentors we would also like you to nominate one or two of the blogs you have been mentoring to go in either the best student blog or new blog sections.

Students we would prefer you work with your teachers to nominate some great student blogs, but if there is a student blog (not from your class or school) that you feel deserves a nomination then write a post and fill in the nomination form. Remember, as a student, you can’t nominate a blog from your class or school.

Here are the rules you will need to follow to make your nomination valid. Notice you only have until the end of November to put in your nominations. Remember to write your post and then send in this nomination form with a link to your blogpost.

Also remember to visit the Edublog Awards page to vote between 2nd  and 13th December. You will only be able to vote for one in each section. Winners are announced on 14th December.

After the challenge is over

Continue:

Congratulations to:

  • gamekid27  who has earned over 8000 grains so far
  • bbsam and bbjoseph  who have earned over 4000 grains each so far
  • Jake G, teeganr4 and Gpower12 who have earned over 3000 grains each so far

Finally, leave a comment on this post about who you nominated or ideas for the next challenge in 2012.

 

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Challenge 9: Favourites

This is the penultimate week of the student blogging challenge for 2011. Only one more week to go to prove to your teachers that you are blogging well and showing improvements in your posts and commenting skills.

So this week, the theme is FAVOURITES. This allows you lots of choice. But to show a great post to your teacher you will need to include:

  • at least three paragraphs of writing
  • an image with correct attribution
  • a link to another website where you found information

Your teacher will also be looking to see if you have used tags and categories in your posts. If you need help with these, check out the guides for your blog platform eg Edublogs, Kidblog, Blogger, Weebly etc

You might want to write three or four posts on this theme.

Next week, we will be asking you to nominate a student blog  and a class blog for the Edublog Awards. You will need to write a nomination giving reasons why you love that blog, as well as leaving a comment giving reasons as well. Think about the blogs you have visited, so you are ready when the directions for nominating are given next week. You will not be allowed to nominate a blog from your class so make sure you are visiting lots of other blogs around the world.

Next week you will also be doing an evaluation of your blog so make sure your blog is the best it can be. If you have a blog avatar in your sidebar, make sure it is one you have created. Make sure there are some widgets about your state or country, at least 10 comments and posts can be seen via the sidebar, as well as the archives as you will be comparing your first post in the challenge to your last one about your favourites. Make sure you have completed lots of the challenge activities from the September 2011 challenge.

Next week you will also be evaluating the blogging challenge by filling in a Google document survey.

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Challenge 8: Are you connecting?

How are you going getting comments from people other than your classmates?

Have you received comments from overseas visitors?

Has anyone in your family left a comment? Remember you might need to teach them how to leave a comment.

Activity 1: Write a post about your family – include their interests, where you might have been together as a family. Remember to include grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Activity 2: Encourage family members to leave comments on your posts over the next few weeks. Check out Mrs Yollis and her class who celebrate family blogging month in November.

Activity 3: How can you increase the number of comments on your blog? Write a post about ways to get more comments on your blog. Be creative and think outside the square – can you find at least ten ways to get more visitors and comments? You might want to make a poster for this activity – glogster or notaland remember to get permission from parents or teacher to join.

Activity 4: Have a family member write a post for you to add to your blog. They could write it and email or post it to you. Does this post attract more visitors or family members leaving comments? One family member regularly blogs on Mrs Yollis’ blog – Where is nonno?

Activity 5: Interview a family member and write a post about them – include the interview recording. You could use audioboo online or from your phone then upload the file to your blog.

Activity 6: Write a post about the overseas blogs you have commented on – why did you choose that blog and particular post?

Activity 7: How do you connect with teachers, family or friends in the real world? Put together a collage showing how you connect – think more than just using technology. Here is an image of a networked or connected teacher. Would student connections be different ? Would parent connections be different?

Finally, this is the week for our game. This is another way to connect globally.

Those who have taken part in a challenge before know the game of  ‘Count Out Three’. Here are the instructions:

  • click on a blog on the student list – count one
  • now click on a blog from their blogroll – count two
  • finally click on a blog from that blogroll – count three

Leave a comment on an interesting post at this blog.

Do this activity at least three times and finally, write your own post saying which blogs you visited and which posts you left a comment on. Why did you choose that post? Remember to include a link back to the post you left a comment on so that student gets a pingback or trackback.

Attribution:

Image: ‘NetworkedTeacher
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Visit these – Nov 2011

The student and class bloggers have been doing excellent work.

And here’s some of their work to check out!

From the Class blogs

  1. Fifth Grade Stars – Posts of the week to showcase student posts
  2. Mr Baldock’s class blog – Storybird
  3. Mrs McDonald Room 208 – How to embed video or cartoons
  4. Busy Bee’s – Voki posts
  5. Miss Hutchinson’s class Room 3.1 – Blog Action Day
  6. Mrs Goucher’s class blog – Blog Action Day, Digital citizenship, Goucher’s Class tours the World
  7. Mrs Martinez’s Class blog – Digital Dossier
  8. BRCS Reads – posting and commenting
  9. Computer class connections – Passion….definition and own passions
  10. Ms Olen’s Class blog – World Problems, Digital Footprints
  11. Mrs Yollis’ Classroom blog – Skype
  12.  Year 6 HIC – Colors
  13. Learing with MrD Carson – Digital Footprint
  14. Learning Hub 3 @ Stonefields School – commenting on our posts
  15. All About Us – Is Hallowe’en Amazing or not
  16. Mrs Gregory’s 7th Grade  and Mrs Gregory’s Class – Star bloggers and Star bloggers nominations
  17. 5.1 Class blog – Ideas and feedback on the Blogging Challenge

From the Student blogs

After School Activities

Keira, Daniel, Cheyenne, Lupita, Steph, Eduardo, Giovanni, Ana, Dharyl, Christian, Breeyana, Julie, Adi, Leti, Cassidy, Sophie, Tess, Angie, Liana, Lorenzo, CamiloAnalucia, Juliana, Cinda, PJF, Zechariah, Zainab, Mohana, Keisha, Mikayla, Edith, Jack, Maria, Maria Gabriela, Julia, Alex, Vanessa, Cole, Emma

Blog Action Day

Jarrod, Jessica C, Jaden, Jake , Ethan, Barbie, Okali, Teagan, Clay, Natalie, Daniel, Julie, Letty, Sophie, Angie, Angie, Justin, Meridith, Shweta, Simone

Blogs I recommend

Jaden, Jake, Emily, Jose, Alex, Alexandra

Images and embedding

XavierEthanLily, Georgie, Bonnie, Gemma, Kali, Andrea

Global Issue

Analucia, Camilo, Valentina, Sarah, Mikayla, Gemma, Amy, Kimberly, Santiago, Victoria, Sammy, Daniela, Valen, Lauren, Simone, Kaarishm, Vinay, Anthony, Kenneth

My Favorite Color

Caroline, Sammy, Em, Tess, Angie, Emily, JuanMaria, NicolasAnalucia, Majo, Alejandro, Valentina, Juliana, Meridith, Maddi, Lily, Georgie, Bonnie, Darcy, Cinda, Shweta, Maria, Maria, Martin, Victoria, Kara, Juliama, Debra, Jaime, Laura, Alexandra

Digital  Citizenship and Footprints
Caroline, Jessica C, Laura, Keira, Daniel, Sophie, Andy, Chedo, Alex, Meridith, Bonnie, Darcy, Cinda, Zaniab, Mohana, Edina, Bronte, Dylan, Alejandro, Laura, Kimberly, Kailey, Clem, Meredith, Megha

Halloween

Em, Jarrod, Lauren, Pareen, Grace, Laura, Caroline, Teagan, Angie, Emily, Natalie, Catherine, Nat, Andy, Kate, Simon, Rachel, Darcy, Cinda, Gabbi, Bronte, Chloe, Kimberly, Dylan, Julia, Kailey, Kali, Sarah, Dara, Becky, David, Mark, Simon

Things I want to learn about

Liana, Alfredo, Isaac, Ashley, Susie, Dawson, Nathan, Gary, Morgan

What type of Internet users

Tess, Meridith, Darcy, Kimberly, Marianna, Quinn, Natalia

Show your Creativity

Em, Jose, Hannah, Jake, EthanIsaiah, Caz, Casey, Teagan, Lupita, Clay, Natalie, Dharyl, Anahi, Jose, Christian, Breeyana, Adi, Letty, Cassidy, Angie, Emily, Xavier, Jose, Lorenzo, Erilyn, Santiago, Tatiana, Arianna, Shweta, Zechariah, Mohana, Mikayla, Edith, Gemma, Amy, Georgia, Daniela, Alexandra, Mario, Alexandra, Chelesea, Laura, Olivia, Benioni

Write a story beginning

Gabby, Tess, Angie, Emily, Valentina, Simon, Juliana, Lily, Georgie, Bonnie, Maria, Martin, Noah, Taylor, Brooke, Valen, Becky, Ashley, David, Ruth, Gabriela, Dylan

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