IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE MENTORS
Remember, I will be deleting any students who have mentors already allocated over the Easter break if:
there is no About Me page or post visible – make sure the pages widget is in your sidebar if your pages don’t appear up in your header area
there is not at least two other posts related to the challenge activities
no comments can be left – country in pink
you haven’t been commenting back to your mentor
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE
I have now created the flipboard magazine for this set of challenges. I will only be adding posts that:
are written in paragraphs
have been proofread
include an image, sound or video with attribution
So make sure you have taken note of last week’s learning about creative commons.
The last couple of months have had many international special days or events happening. How many have you taken part in at either school or at home?
This Saturday is one I take part in each year – Earth Hour.
Check out their video for the 2015 event
Now add an image to a widget on your blog sidebar – you might need to change the size to 200 by 200
Check out the starter kit for banners, logos and posters. Teachers might get some ideas from the guides to use in class during the week.
Find out what is happening in your country and in other countries around the world.
Activities for this week are all to do with the globe or the world we live in.
Join our Free Rice group called Student Blogging Challenge or create one for your class. Every answer you get right, means 10 grains of rice donated to the World Food Programme. Since October 2011, we have had 86 students join and donate 116, 300 grains of rice. I wonder how many we could have by the end of Easter? Can you add a widget to Free Rice on your blog?
Write a list of international events you have taken part in since Christmas 2014. What were they celebrating? What did you do to celebrate?
Visit at least 5 blogs from countries other than your own. Leave a comment on a post at each blog. Now write your own post including the comment you have left and linking to each post you commented on.
If you could create an international event, what would it be called? What would we be celebrating? Create some of the advertising material you might use – eg logo, banner, image, flyer
Think of a special celebration in one country of the world. Find three images of the event. Under each image, give a clue as to the event.
On the final line, write a bit more about the event for your visitors to read. Include a link to another website giving more information on the event. Remember to include attribution for each image and perhaps a question for your readers to answer.
Write about one special event you have taken part in. It might be an educational global event or an international event from the United Nations or a special event from your country. Find an image to add to your post. Remember to use attribution correctly. Include a link to another website giving more information on the event.
Add at least five international blogs to your blogroll or links ready for a game we will hold after Easter. If you can’t add links on your blog, add them in a post instead.
What are some games or apps you use that relate to global studies or geography of the world? Include a link to the website or app.
What could you, your class, your school, your town do to help with the climate change problem for more than the one hour on Saturday 28 March 2015?
Previous week’s activities: Visit and leave quality comments
Eagle Wordsmiths have a question for students or classes in each country in the challenge. Please answer their questions.
Not many activities this week as I know many classes have been on spring break and need time to catch up from previous weeks.
Student and teacher reminders
Have you checked the student/class list to make sure your URL is accurate? Leave a comment on this post with corrections.
Have you uploaded your user or comment avatar?
Is your ‘About me’ page up-to-date and is there a link to it on sidebar or in header?
Have you added links to student and class blogs on your sidebar?
Are all your posts categorised now?
Have you changed the name and tagline on your blog? Shouldn’t see johnpar12’s blog anymore
Have you changed the theme or appearance of your blog?
When I mention ‘Write a post’ in the challenges, remember to use some web 2.0 tools as well like wallwisher, voki, polls, posters etc. Check out what other teachers and students are using in the ‘Visit these’ posts.
Global activities from January through March
Did you or your class discuss or take part in any of these events?
Check out at least one of the websites linked above. Write a post about what you have learned.
Write a post in your mother language. Make sure you have a translator widget on your blog.
Research a famous woman in the world. Write a short biography including reasons you consider her famous.
What are the roles women have in your family, community, country? What rights do women have in your country? Compare to another country from Asia, Africa or South America.
Students from middle or high school, take the human rights quiz. Research one of the people mentioned and write a post about them.
What are some of the water problems you have in your area? How can you help solve the problem?
Last year, we started a group for the student blogging challenge at Free Rice. As at writing this post, we have
Members count: 45
Grains donated: 47 950
Are you going to join and earn grains of rice? Our group is called ‘Student blogging challenge’. If under 14, you need teacher or parent permission to join.
Are you, your family and other members of your class, school, community going to take part in Earth Hour on Saturday 31st March at 8.30pm? Visit the Earth Hour website to find out what you could be doing. Add a widget or banner to your post or blog. Check out what the World Wildlife Fund are doing. Write a post about your participation.
How many students and classes do you think are taking part in this challenge? If you guessed about 100 classes and 1300 students you were correct. In fact we are represented by 18 different countries of the world, so we are definitely going global.
This week’s activities relate to all things global – tracking widgets, maps, translators and other forms of global challenges.
Activity 1 – How do you know where your visitors are coming from?
Do you have a widget tracking these visitors? If not, then perhaps you could put one or more of these widgets on your blog.
Remember, if you have a free Edublogs blog, often you can’t embed widgets in your sidebar because of the coding. Check if your teacher has a paid pro blog where they can then upgrade 50 student or teacher blogs, then you will be able to use code.
Can you recommend any other tracking widgets suitable for class or student blogs? Leave a comment if you can.
Activity 2 – How do you read a blog written in a language other than your mother tongue?
Natasa, a teacher of one of the class blogs, is located in Serbia and her blog is written in Serbian. How can you translate that page so you can read it in English or Spanish if that is your mother tongue? Do you leave a comment in English, your mother tongue or Serbian?
A visitor from Colombia has come across your blog and wants to read it in their mother tongue, how will they translate it?
A good idea would be for you to have a translator button or widget on your blog. Visit the widget box to find one that you think will do the job of translating your blog into another language. Add the widget the same as instructions for the flag counter.
Activity 3 – Write a post in another language
Most students around the world have to learn another language as part of their school curriculum. This might be a challenge for those who are just beginning their language learning but for students like Dominique, this should be a breeze. Make sure you have a translator widget on your blog to make it easier for your visitors to read the post.
Activity 4 – Write a post about a global activity you have taken part in
Have you taken part in :
World Maths or Spelling Day
World Water Day – this is happening on Tuesday, March 22 – theme is water for cities
Earth Hour – this is happening on Saturday, March 26 – see video in class section of challenge
These global events often have widgets or buttons you can embed on your blog.
Activity 5 – Leave a comment on ten blogs
Each blog must be from a different country of the world. Check out the list of students and classes taking part. Remember there are actually 18 countries represented – some have only one person taking part, so you might need to check carefully.
Activity 1 – Complete student activities 1, 2 and 4
What other types of global activities have you taken part in as a class? ePals, postcards from home, quadblogging – tell us about it in a great post with images if possible. Or write a post linking to other global activity posts you have already written about.
Activity 2 – Take part in Earth Hour this year and write a post about how students, teachers and families spent that hour. Earth Hour began three years ago in Australia in one town – see how it has now grown to be a global activity.
Activity 3 – How many languages are spoken by the students in your class?
Is your class multicultural or is it predominantly a one language classroom?
What are some of the cultural activities you might celebrate in your classroom?
What do your students celebrate at home?
Perhaps you could create a poll to put on your class blog and have parents and grand parents answer where they came from originally.
Perhaps one of them could write a post, with their child or grandchild, about a celebration from their country to put on your class blog.
Activity 4 – Visit at least ten blogs each from a different country
Remember when writing your posts to include a link back to this post.