Week 5 – BAD and commenting

Ignorado
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Not much this week regarding choice of activities as I want you to concentrate on writing a fantastic post for Blog Action Day on Wednesday 16 October. Remember the topic is

Human Rights

Here is a link to the actual Human Rights document from the United Nations. There is also a convention on the rights of a child and here is a link to that.

Remember to include an image in your post and give references or link back to where you found your information. Write in your own words, don’t copy and paste from another website. Try to be very factual in what you present but also be prepared to give your own opinion and justify that opinion. Think of an original title for your post, not just Blog Action Day. Try to include the hashtags #BAD13  and #13stubc in your post somewhere. This will make it easier for me to pick up some posts that might not be included in the form below.

We have started a special Flipboard magazine called “One World, Our World”  We will be including great posts about global issues from week 4 challenge and also those well researched and informative posts from Blog Action Day.

Mrs Neidlinger’s class – please make sure this is a post like you did for digital literacy and stereotyping and not part of your Student Blogging Challenge page on your blog. I will only be flipping posts that are solely about the topic for Blog Action Day.

Admin regarding comments

Here are some great conversations happening between students and mentors, teachers and other students. Are you remembering to check your comments especially if you don’t moderate them?

Gillian and her mentor, Olyvia and her mentor(s), Annabel and her relatives and friends, Mackenzie and other students

Remember to also visit those classes where students don’t have their own blogs but are leaving fantastic comments such as Mrs Boyd’s class,

 

On the student participation list have you noticed some student ages in a green box – why?

  •  incorrect blog URL,
  • no commenting allowed (have to login) or
  • not enough challenge activities completed

These will be deleted this weekend, but I will check first in case you have caught up some of the activities.

 

I have also been finding some great posts by students, but they haven’t filled in the form at the end of each week’s challenge. So make sure you check out our Flipboard magazine as your posts may be in there.

To be included in Flipboard magazine from now on – writing in paragraphs, include an image with attribution or links to other websites, show that you have used a spellchecker and checked grammar/punctuation.

Week 4 – Global issues

Over half of all Syrian refugees are children.
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Oxfam International via Compfight

Listening and watching the news over the last few days, I’ve heard about some real global issues affecting many of the countries represented here in the student blogging challenge.

This week’s activities relate to these topics:

  • Asylum seekers
  • Refugees
  • Greenpeace and piracy charges
  • Government shutdown in USA
  • Human Rights – Blog Action Day – remember to publish your post on October 16
  • World Teachers Day – October 5th
  • World Habitat Day – October 7th
  • World Food Day – October 16th
  • a global issue affecting your country but not mentioned above

Activity 1

Imagine you are a journalist researching one of these topics. What are some of the questions you might ask someone you are interviewing? Remember questions start with

  • who
  • what
  • where
  • when
  • why
  • how

Try to find the answers to your questions by researching news articles. Remember some articles might be biased to one side of the topic, so check out articles for both sides of the debate. Check out some of the links in activity 4 to get information as well. Write a post as an imaginary interview. Include links back to the newspaper articles, websites or videos you used for information. Post here for Edublogs and Blogger and a video for Kidblog about linking.

Activity 2

Which of these topics affect your country? What is your government doing about it? If you are able, without getting into trouble, give your opinion of the topic and how it affects you as a student. What could you as a student or class do to help solve the problem?

Activity 3

Have you or your class ever held a fundraiser for a global issue? Write about it in a post. What was the event? What did you do? How much did you raise?  How did you feel?

Activity 4

Check out some of the links on these pages about human rights and global issues. What did you find interesting? Something new you learnt? A myth busted?

Activity 5

Do something about a global issue. Here are links to games and activities for kids about global issues. What did you choose to look at? Write a review in your post.

Teacher resources – Global citizenship from Oxfam, Globalkids connect, Action Aid resources,

Still more time to sparevisit students and classes from the other countries involved in the challenge. Leave a comment or question relating to a global issue that might be affecting them.

Leave a comment on this blog telling Miss W. the global issue you think is most important to be solved. It might not be one of those mentioned in the post. Give reasons why it should be the first issue solved.

 

Holiday or vacation time

For the next two weeks, schools in Tasmania are on holiday so I thought we would take a break from the blogging challenge for just one week.

Oh, no!

What can I do this week when there is no challenge?

Here are some suggestions.

Make sure you have checked the student or class list. Are you  only listed once and  the link to your blog works?  To test this out, make sure you have logged out of your blog and testing as if you are a visitor. Can your visitor read your posts and leave comments or do you need to change some settings?

Have you started visiting the other students in your colour group? Everyone should have written an about me post or page. Leave some comments especially if they have similar interests to you. Remember the comments should be quality not something like

Cool blog. Come and visit my blog too.

Have you checked out the September Flipboard magazine? Compare these posts to yours – do yours need an improvement?

Have you completed the challenges from week 1,2 and 3? Could you improve those posts now that you have checked out some others?

Be warned

During early October, I will be deleting any student blogs that:

  • don’t link properly
  • don’t allow commenting
  • have no posts other than an about me page or post

If you only joined the challenge in late September, I will not be deleting yours.

Why am I doing this?

We try to have mentors for student blogs and if your blog does not work properly or you are not writing posts, then you don’t need a mentor. I can slip another person into your place instead.

Get ready for October

One important activity we do in October is take part in Blog Action Day. Check out their blog, read the instructions, register your blog, add the badge to your sidebar. Start researching the topic and planning your post. Do not publish it though, until the date of the Blog Action Day.