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.

Challenge 5 – Sept 2010

Week 5 so now we are half way through the challenges for this part of the year. Most students have completed the following:

  • added an avatar – both blog and user
  • created an ‘About me’  page – also a post for some students
  • written some interesting posts on their state or town
  • commented on classmates and other student or class blogs
  • added useful widgets like clustrmap, flag counter, cyber pet

This week we want you to start adding images to your posts. If students in grade 2 can learn how to give attribution for images they have used, then so can every student and adult taking part in this challenge.

So here are our activities relating to images. You must do activity 1 as this will help for the other choices.

1. Visit these blogs

  • Kathleen McGeady who expects her Grade 2 students to know about and use creative commons and giving attribution when using images in their blogs. She uses FlickrCC which is not blocked at her school and gives instructions for using with Edublogs blogs. This is a great example of a tutorial type post which we would like you to complete in activity 5.
  • Ronnie Burt from the Edublogs team who gives ideas for using images other than FlickrCC.
  • Miss Wyatt has also written a post giving lots of other places to find images.
  • Sue Waters from The Edublogger who also gives out some easy instructions on inserting images. Notice at the end of her post, she has six more posts you could read about using images in your blogs.
  • Allanah King, New Zealand. Lots of hints for students using blogspot.

2. After having visited the above blogs, write two posts about using images in blogs.

  • Why should we use images? How do images improve your blog? This is the first post
  • How do you add images to your blog?
  • Where do you get your images?
  • How do you add the attribution?

Make the second post like a tutorial, so a student new to blogging could follow your instructions about using images in a post. Thanks to Mrs Theriault.

3.  Visit this wallwisher to add where you have found great creative commons images.

4. Watch these YouTube videos about creative commons and sharing your work

5. Here is a post on how to create a gallery in your blog.  Create a visual post using no more than eight images – where the images tell a story. Remember to give attribution for the images you used. No writing in this post other than the title and attribution.

6. From Bill Ferreirae – I sometime find a picture and tell students to use that picture to come up with a story. It can be about the picture, what happened before, what will happen next, etc. So, at the top of this post is the image I have chosen for you to start with. Copy the image to your post, then write the story. Remember to give attribution. If you don’t have your own blog, tell your story in a comment here.

7. A great suggestion from Dragon – We could do a “zoom” post through comments. Choose a picture, and have your readers zoom out, so to speak, by leaving comments. So maybe something simple, like a pillow, and the first commenter describes something bigger around the pillow (like a couch) and the next commenter would write about the room it was in, and the next could zoom out the window and do the house, etc.  If doing this activity, include the word ‘zoom’ in your title so I can find it easily. Remember to give attribution. Most important here is to read previous comments, so you can add to the story.

8. From EileenG Pick one, or more of your ethnic backgrounds and post about the culture. ANYTHING! Food, religions, sports, festivals, languages, etc.  Include a picture of the place in the country/region posted about.

As we still have some students and classes only on week 2 or 3 activities, I will be postponing the game till next week. To take part in the game you need the following completed:

  • a blog avatar and a user avatar
  • an ‘about me’ PAGE not post
  • a clustrmap or flag counter widget
  • at least three interesting posts – could be topics of your choice not necessarily from the challenge
  • your ‘Recent Comments’ widget on the sidebar with 10 comments as the choice
  • your ‘Recent Posts’ widget on the sidebar with 10 posts as the choice
  • Your ‘Pages’ widget on the sidebar

Original image: ‘take a chance on me ??

take a chance on me ??

by: Andi

Released under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License

Some disappointed students

Disappointed http://www.flickr.com/photos/24932870@N04/2501616262 by: Katy

I noticed as I was checking blog posts from the last two challenges, that some students had tried to embed Vokis and pets on their blog posts or sidebars, but they hadn’t worked properly.

The main reason for this is that Edublogs free blogs (which most students have) often get a lot of spam from bots reading embed code. So Edublogs last year took off the chance to use embed code in these free blogs.

But they realised that most teachers pay for one of the PRO Edublogs blogs. So they allowed a PRO user to disable ads for up to 50 of the free blogs. This then means students can use embed code on those upgraded blogs.

Another way to get the ads off and be able to use embed code is to watch out for Sue Waters who writes the “Edublogger“. She often has competitions to take part in where you get a year’s subscription as a PRO user.

On this post about the student blogging challenge, she tells of two ways you might be able to get a free subscription, so check it out.  (Look for the hand pointing on a yellow starburst)

Original image: ‘Disappointed‘ http://www.flickr.com/photos/24932870@N04/2501616262 by: Katy

Time to nominate

Well the official part of the challenge is finished until September 2010 when we will start all over again. But there is one more thing we would like you to do.

Over the past ten weeks, you have been visiting lots of different blogs from students and classes around the world. Some of them you have found more interesting than others. What was it that made you re-visit a blog more than once? What makes one blog stand out above all the other blogs you visited?

Nominating a blog for the Edublogs awards later this year

There are some rules you must follow to make it easy for the Edublogs team to find and visit your nominated blog(s).

  1. You may nominate, if you wish,  a student blog from your school, a student blog from anywhere else in the world and a class blog.
  2. You must write a post explaining why this blog is deserving of the student or class blog award. Give lots of reasons why this blog is fantastic and why you want to nominate it. If nominating more than one blog, you must write a post for each nomination.
  3. Each post must have 2 links: first to the blog you are nominating and second back to this post explaining how to nominate. (That means I will get a pingback and Edublogs team will be able to check easily from my one post.)
  4. You must then come back to this challenge post and leave a comment saying which blogs you have nominated and leaving their URL, in case the pingback doesn’t work.

Remember, nominate the very best blogs you have found during the challenge. The student blog or class blog does not have to be officially taking part in the challenge. You might have found one while clicking on blogrolls in some of the activities we have done. The blog must have recent posts when judging occurs later this year.

By the end of June there will be badges you may copy to your sidebar, saying you took part in the March 2010 student blogging challenge, so keep checking here over the next few weeks.

Good luck with your blogging and hope to see you all again in September.