Time to register March 2012

Are you a student with your own blog?

Are you a teacher with a class blog?

Are you an interested teacher, educator, home school parent

or pre-service teacher with a bit of time on your hands?

If you want to take part in the 8th student blogging challenge then it is now time to register. Hover over the pages in the header to find your registration page.

The first challenge will appear in early March. There will be three sections.

  • Blogging – this set of activities will relate to setting up your blog, especially if you are new to blogging.
  • Students – these will be activities for students to go on with once they have finished the blogging activities. Most likely students who have taken part in the challenge last year will be doing these activities.
  • Classes – similar to students in that once you have the blogging activities done then choose some out of this section to complete as a class.

If you have any ideas for challenges, please leave a comment on this post. Make sure your name and blog URL are included as you will be given acknowledgement if your activity is chosen during the challenge.

Remember, you do not have to do all the activities, just choose the ones that interest you.

Time for a break – March 2011

While checking out many posts this week, I noticed some schools have been on spring break or some form of holiday, so I have decided this week is a catch up time. There will be no official activities, but I am sure no-one has done every activity in all the challenges.

Over the first five weeks, let’s look at what you could have done on your blog:

  1. Registered for the challenge as either an individual or a class – checked you were on the list
  2. Changed the theme of your blog
  3. Looked at ‘About’ pages and created your own
  4. Posted about why students or classes should visit your blog
  5. Left comments on other student blogs and recommended at least one to visit
  6. Introduced your class or school to the world
  7. Created avatars
  8. Uploaded comment and blog avatars
  9. Linked your avatar to your blog URL
  10. Slideshow of avatars created
  11. Looked at your digital footprint
  12. Classes looked at commenting guidelines
  13. Classes thought about ways to involve parents
  14. Added tracking widgets to your sidebar
  15. Written in another language
  16. Added translation widget
  17. Posted about global activities
  18. Wrote about Earth Hour
  19. Commented on blogs from other countries
  20. Culture and celebrations from other countries
  21. Created blogroll categories
  22. Added links to blogroll
  23. Created tags and post categories
  24. Post about your community so Miss W can visit
  25. Post about where you would like to go in the world
  26. Created a poll about your country
  27. Finding out about creative commons and using images on your blog posts
  28. Learnt about giving attribution and uploading images to your posts
  29. Wrote a post about your favourite colour
  30. Used different web 2.0 tools to edit images
  31. Zoomed out from an image
  32. Created an image sentence
  33. Wrote a post about an image
  34. Created an animated photo show

My goodness, I think you need a break after all those things were done in just five weeks.

Remember you need to be ready for the game we will be playing next week, as one of the activities. 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
  • at least 10 student and/or classes linked on your blogroll
  • at least three overseas blogs linked on your blogroll

The more overseas links you have, the more interesting the game will be.

As we are half way through the challenges, I am starting to run out of ideas for activities. Please leave a comment or write a post about what you would like to see as an activity. If writing a post, make sure you link back to this post so I can visit your blog.

Visit lots of blogs written by students overseas. Leave lots of interesting comments. Get to know our overseas friends. How are they like you? How are they different to you? Ask questions and get conversations going.

Original image: ‘Give me a break…in the pool

Give me a break...in the pool

by: Tommy Wong

Released under an Attribution License

Ideas for challenge activities

This is the fifth challenge I have organized and I seem to be running out of ideas for challenge activities. I wonder if the students and teachers who have taken part in previous years, or those who will be joining us for the first time, could think of some interesting topics we could include.

Many of the students  will be blogging for the first time so everything will be new, but some students  will have been blogging for over six months. Perhaps some of you took part in the challenge in March – I don’t want to repeat the same challenges so, please

“Give me some ideas!”

Original image: ‘Green Elephants Garden Sculptures

Green Elephants Garden Sculptures

by: epSos .de  Released under an Attribution License