So today Sue Waters from TheEdublogger allowed me to send out an urgent request for helpers in the challenge. You can read the post here. Within an hour of the post being published and a few tweets sent out on Twitter, we had six helpers for commenting.
Role of the helper
I have allocated about 30 blogs for each helper to visit. By the middle of April, they will visit each of their blogs at least once. Each helper will leave one or more comments on your blog. The comments might be on your about page, or on a post and might include some clues to improve your blog. Hopefully the comment they leave will also allow you to keep carrying on a conversation with the helper.
If you want to know more about your helper, look at the comments on this post as they will be writing a short little bio in the comments.
Created on: Wednesday, 15 April 2009
There are many different ways to look at this topic and across the world this week, there are many celebration days being held:
- Sunday March 21 – World Forestry Day
- Monday March 22 – World Water Day
- Tuesday March 23 – World Meteorological Day
- Saturday March 27 – Earth Hour – Global
So again this week, a wide variety of activities to choose from either as a blogger, commenter or class.
- Research and write a post including links and images on one of those special days.
- Join in Earth Hour and write a post about what your family did during that hour.
- Write a post about activities your family could do while the lights are out for that hour.
- What do you do at school or at home to help protect the environment?
- Write a comic strip as a hero wanting to save some aspect of the environment.
- If 13 or older and with parental permission, create a text to movie at xtranormal about the environment.
- Your worries regarding the environment – what can you do as a student?
- Create an animoto about the environment – maybe you worry about the polar bears. Find images from links on this post.
- Write a post about an environmental field trip you went on, maybe to the rubbish dump or cleaning up a creek etc.
- Visit these posts from last year to leave a comment: Priscila from Argentina, Ashley from USA, Abbey from USA, Courtney from USA, Hailey from USA
The challenge last year for Earth Hour can be found here.
About Candy Heart: Created on: Friday, 20 February 2009
Each week I will be showcasing some blogs to visit. These are taken from those who leave a trackback or hyperlink to the original post not just this blog.
Argentina, Indiana, California, Secret Harbour, Iowa, California, Wellington, Comox Valley, Dunedin,California, Lawndale, California, Pachuca, California, Stonington, Canadian events, Canada, Canada, California, Canada, Canada, Canada, Canada, On There You Know oops Ontario – sorry Ryan
Some students have asked questions. Can you answer them?
Kiko wondered about her family roots around the world.
This class in Victoria have had some great answers to their questions. Oops, they are in Sydney, not Victoria. My apologies Mrs Miller and class. Check out the comments.
Saskia spoke about breaking down walls globally – some interesting conversation in the comments.
Keep coming back to check out this post as I will add more as other students and classes finish the activity.
It’s a very small world we live in now.
Only 220 years ago, it used to take a sailing ship about 4 or 5 months to sail from England to Australia with convicts on board. It took me 24 hours to fly from Australia to Vancouver, Canada with a short stop in Hawaii for a couple of hours. Yet it took only seconds for my class to connect to Ashley in Connecticut in 2008 when we used Skype to make a call.
Students born in the last twenty years should be taking it for granted that they will be working collaboratively with students and teachers across the world using modern technology.
So this week’s challenge is to tell the world about the area you live in – your town, your state or province, your country in general. But hopefully you will also be having international visitors coming to your blog, so you need some way of knowing where they are coming from. There will be many options of what to do this week ranging from adding widgets, writing posts, leaving comments by visiting international blogs and adding images so I am posting a couple of days earlier than usual to give you time to complete them.
- To tell people about your area – check out the widgetbox for weather, news and clocks
- Tracking your visitors – Sue Waters from “The Edublogger” wrote a great post on this including Clustrmaps, Flag Counters and Feedjit Live. There are also revolver maps.
- Translate your page in case readers do not speak your language.
When adding widgets to your sidebar, copy and paste the embed code into a text box on your sidebar.
- Save then close.
- If the widget is too wide, you will have to adjust the number next to ‘width’ in the embed code.
- This might appear more than once in the code.
If using blogger rather than Edublogs, you might need to check out the instructions for adding widgets and images etc from Bling For Your Blog, written by a teacher in New Zealand. Thanks Allanah.
Instead of writing, speak this time using a Voki then embed in either post or sidebar.
We have students and classes from these countries taking part in the challenge:
- Australia, Canada, U.S.A, Mexico, Argentina, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Thailand, Hong Kong (China), U.A.E (United Arab Emirates), Norway and South Africa. Many of the older Australian students are refugees from other countries so make sure you read about them from their links on this blog.
- Write a post asking one or two questions about each country or leave your questions as comments on the student or class blogs. eg Do kangaroos hop down the main streets in Australia? How many people live in the state or town you live in?
- Flickr slideshow
- Take photos of your local area and put in a post as a gallery
- Create a quiz at mystudiyo about your state or province. Then embed it in your blog post. Here is one I made about Tasmania.
use CGI qw(:standard);
my $srcURL = param(‘srcURL’);
my $text = param(‘text’);
my $gigyaWidth = param(‘gwidth’)|| 300;
my $gigyaHeight = param(‘gheight’)|| 260;
my $eWidth = param(‘ewidth’) ||300;
my $eHeight = param(‘eheight’) ||360;
// showEmailAfterPost:"false" ,
Wildfire.initPost('204321', 'divWildfirePost', $gigyaWidth, $gigyaHeight, pconf); });
Which activity did you do? Did you try more than one? Which did you enjoy the most? Remember to leave a pingback or trackback in your post by linking back to this challenge post.
Attribution: Image: ‘It’s a Small World!‘
As classes have been creating their avatars and embedding them in a program to be in their blog, I have been checking them out, (if teachers have added a hyperlink or pingback back to the original post in the challenge.)
Mrs Turvey adapted my post to suit her class.
Check out these wild things with the 2R Shining Stars, classy moeruavatars from Grade 5/6 – 13, Alexander from room 162, The Powerhouse, the SuperScoopers, Publishing corner in Mexico, plasticine avatars with Mrs Grist and Miss T’s new avatars.
Students have been posting about whether you should have a real photo of yourself on the web and when this might be appropriate.
Julio the zombie, Isaiah the monster, Star Struck Lauren, On Fire Alexis, Purple Addie, Jacob from Fresco World, Angel Mushabelly, Joe from Lojo, Kim or Cleo, Cheyenne, Ryan, Austin, Hannan, Ashley, Abbey and Matt.
Some students who hadn’t included trackbacks but are worth reading: Haley,