Week 9: Doing my best

From Darkness to Light - please read
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Well, this is our second last week in the March challenge for 2014. Over the last 8 weeks, you have learnt a lot about blogging if you have done most of the activities and checked out the links included in my posts.

It is now your time to do your best and show your teachers and myself what a great blog post looks like.

The one and only activity for this week:

Write a post on one of the following topics

  • What makes a great family
  • A global issue you would like to help solve
  • My future
  • Visiting overseas

Having read many of your posts, I came up with the following essentials in a great post.

  1. catchy title
  2. includes at least one visual whether photo, cartoon, video or another web 2.0 tool like padlet or glogster
  3. interesting topic with the passion of the author coming through
  4. well written and not copy/pasted from somewhere else
  5. shows it has been proofread and spellchecked
  6. written in paragraphs – at least three of them
  7. includes links to other websites on similar topics – at least two of these

When you have finished your post, please come back here to the blogging challenge and leave a comment on this post. Mention which topic you wrote about and leave a link to your post. Those posts covering the seven things mentioned above will be added to the flipboard magazine.

Still more time left this week:

Visit other student and class blogs.

Read posts and leave comments.

Decide on a student blog and/or class blog you would like to nominate for the Edublogs Awards in November/December this year. You will get a chance next week to write a post about the blog you have chosen. HINT: Can’t be your own blog nor one from another student in your class.

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.

 

Week 4: Make it global

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

  1. Have you checked the student/class list to make sure your URL is accurate? Leave a comment on this post with corrections.
  2. Have you uploaded your user or comment avatar?
  3. Is your ‘About me’ page up-to-date and is there a link to it on sidebar or in header?
  4. Have you added links to student and class blogs on your sidebar?
  5. Are all your posts categorised now?
  6. Have you changed the name and tagline on your blog? Shouldn’t see johnpar12’s blog anymore
  7. Have you changed the theme or appearance of your blog?
  8. 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?

Activities for both classes and students:

  1. Check out at least one of the websites linked above. Write a post about what you have learned.
  2. Write a post in your mother language. Make sure you have a translator widget on your blog.
  3. Research a famous woman in the world. Write a short biography including reasons you consider her famous.
  4. 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.
  5. Students from middle or high school, take the human rights quiz. Research one of the people mentioned and write a post about them.
  6. What are some of the water problems you have in your area? How can you help solve the problem?

Free Rice

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.

Earth Hour

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.

Challenge 6: Global issues

Did you or your class remember to take part in Blog Action Day on Sunday? The topic was “Food”.

This week we are going to continue on similar topics about global issues.

What do you think are some of the worst global issues at the moment?

There might be some that are more specific to your area of the world. But this week research one of the following topics:

  • hunger
  • water
  • racism
  • use of resources
  • global warming
  • specific aspects of the environment
  • unemployment
  • war and unrest
  • use of land
  • terrorism
  • HIV/Aids
  • child labour
  • women’s rights
  • education and literacy
  • another global issue of your choice

Activity 1: For this challenge we are looking at research skills, attribution, links and creativity in how you have presented the work.

For the topic you have chosen you might want to create two or three posts rather than one very long one.

In your post, include links to where you researched and some images with attribution. You might also want to include a poll or survey, a collage of images, a slideshow you have created.

Teachers – Here are some links to where you might get some ideas – a brochure from Global Concerns Classroom, educating for global citizenship, ACEE – student voices,

Activity 2: Global issues in your classroom

Have you or your class taken part in some work associated with a global issue? Create a post about what you were involved in. Check out what some classes did last year relating to Uganda.

Activity 3: United Nations

The United Nations is an organization that also looks at some aspects or global issues. Check out their website, play some games and webquests, then write a review about what you have learned or found interesting on their site.

Activity 4: Visit other blogs

Visit at least ten other blogs not from your country. Ask questions about some of the issues they might have in their country. Make some comparisons between the countries taking part in the challenge.

Activity 5: Be creative

Use a web 2.0 tool to be creative about global issues. This might be a poll or survey, a quiz, write a poem, create a poster, draw a picture, write a story or cartoon about a super hero saving the world – just be creative.

Activity 6: Free Rice

I have just created a group at freerice.com Let’s see how many grains of rice we can earn before the end of the challenge. You will need to join freerice, then sign in and join the group called Student Blogging Challenge

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