Challenge 2: My Place

Last week we learnt all about you – your interests, your favourite foods, music and lots of other things when you wrote your ‘About’ page. This week we are going to learn all about the area in which you live.

As many of you know, I will be visiting the USA and Canada (in fact I am in California now). When you write your posts or use web 2.0 tools, remember to be internet safe and not give away any personal information. Check with your teacher or parent, to find out if you can mention your school name or town.

But firstly, a few administration pointers.

Please check to make sure you have the following widgets visible on your blog’s sidebar: blog avatar, pages, recent comments, recent posts, blogroll or links, categories. If not using Edublogs, the names of these widgets might be different.

Have you made sure you are getting an email whenever someone leaves a comment on your blog so you can moderate this? It can be annoying for your mentor to go to your blog and find no comments have been approved for the last month or so.

In your profile page, do you have your blog URL included? – this links to your name for when you leave a comment.

Now let’s get to the activities.

Activity 1. Add a widget to find out where your commenters are coming from.

There are many different widgets you can use – clustrmaps, flag counter, feedjit  Have you seen any others while visiting blogs of other students? Maybe you could write a post about why you chose the  commenter widget you have put on your blog.

Activity 2. Add one or more widgets about your area of the world

This might include a clock or weather or a translator widget in case students who don’t speak your language can translate your post.

When adding widgets to your sidebar, copy and paste the embed code into a text box on your sidebar.

  • Save then close.
  • If the widget is too wide, you will have to adjust the number next to ‘width’ in the embed code.
  • This might appear more than once in the code.

If using blogger rather than Edublogs, you might need to check out the instructions for adding widgets and images etc from Bling For Your Blog, written by a teacher in New Zealand. Thanks Allanah.

If your blog is an Edublogs free blog, you might not be able to put all the widgets in your sidebar.

Activity 3. Write a post about a tourist attraction in the following  states or provinces.

Miss W and Mr Davo Devil will be visiting these states and provinces: California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and back to California. They enjoy visiting national parks and historical places. Where would you suggest they go while in those states and provinces? Suggest a tourist attraction in at least 5 places.

Activity 4. A year in your town

Write a post, create a glogster, make an audioboo tape, create a Storybird or add a Voki telling Miss W about the festivals held in your town throughout the year. Which festivals do you enjoy the most and why? When are the festivals held in case she can visit one while she is travelling? If under 13, check with your teacher or parent if you want to use a web 2.0 tool rather than writing a post in your blog.

Activity 5. Visit other participants and ask questions

Visit at least five other blogs from students or classes around the world and ask some questions in your comments. We have participants from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Russia, Colombia, Taiwan, Greece and Indonesia taking part in the challenge.

Activity 6. Questions in a post

Write a post asking questions about the different countries mentioned in activity 5. Have at least 6 questions in your post.

Activity 7. Where I would love to visit and why

Write a post or use a web 2.0 tool telling your readers about a place you would love to visit and why. Try to include some hyperlinks (links that are underlined in your post and take your readers to another website)

Activity 8. Create a game or quiz about your town, state or country

A few places to do this include: Quiz Revolution, Class Tools,  Remember to check with your teacher or parent before using these web 2.0 tools. Sometimes your teacher or parent will create an account that is moderated by them and is therefore safe for students to use. Do you know any other places to create games and quizzes?

Copy this trackback link in any posts you write about these activities: Challenge 2 Sept 2011  so I will know to visit your blog and read your post or else leave a comment on this post directing me to your blog.

Attribution:

Image: ‘party in the sky

 

Visit these -March 2011 -Week 5

Oh dear, I am colour blind after all the excellent colour posts. I also enjoyed reading the picture sentences and stories. Keep up the great work including the attribution for any images you use.

Early challenges like my blog and avatars

Candice, Carli, Amy, Nicky, Abbi and Katie,

Speaking a different language

French, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Maori,

Polls to vote on

New Zealand,Vancouver Island, Vietnam, New Zealand, Paris, Canada, British Columbia, Canadian Province,

Visit my place

Paraparaumu, Courtenay, Orange City, Kapiti Coast, Courtenay, Jennifer, Mimi, Hannah, Neneng, Hilary,

Colour post

Maya, Tracy, Diwa, Abbey, Khanh, Song Yong Min, Duy, Chermelle, Mark, Betty, Autumn, Shyanne, Darcy, Eric, Candice, Kyle, Mark, Jordyn,

Blogger would love to go to:

Australia and Indonesia, Dominican, Australia, Paris, Grenoble,

Posts recommending great blogs for your blogroll

Eric, Allen,

Let’s ZOOM with:

runners (shoes), Feet in high heels, a flower, an orange, Caleb, Aimee, a cake,

Embedding images

Abbey, Chandler, Jaci, Abbey,

Excellent posts to read

Kyra, Josie, 2yCroydon, unknown person in challenge, Shyanne, Jennifer, MsMartinez’s class, Ms Martinez class, Maya, Duy,

Picture sentences

Adell, Amanda, Zachary, Abbey,

My boating picture

Emma, Sophie, Song, Duy,

Original image: ‘May their JOY Embrace U!(Bali Kuta Beach)

Bali

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Visit these -March 2011 -Week 4

tagxedoThis week’s activities certainly created some great posts and polls. Make sure you visit those blogs where polls are created and take the time to vote.

Have you also noticed we still have new students and classes registering for the challenge? Make sure you visit them over the next few weeks – Taiwan (ages 9-11) and Russia (age 14).

Early activities – my blog and avatars

Ashley, Andrew, Paris, Jaci, Hamish, Jessie, Hamish, Bree, Nebin, Tyra, Katelyn, Adell, Jason, Justin, Gracie, Paul, Katelyn, Vanessa, Andrew, Phillip, Kim, Tyki,

Footprints

Jennifer, Allie, Cara,

My community for Miss W to visit

Kyli, Mikaela, Sahiba, Tek2011 video, Mark, Jordyn, Miss T’s class, Miss B’s class, Heather, Duy, Brittany, Melissa,

Where I want to go to

Cairo, Hawaii, Paris, Montreal, Great Barrier Reef, Portugal, New York, Alaska, England, Hawaii,

Polls to vote on

California, Other than blogging, Canada, TV Program, British Columbia, Vancouver,

Speaking another language

Maori, Maori, Japanese, French, German, Maltese, Danish?, Spanish, German, German, Spanish, French, Spanish, Irish?, French, German,

Interesting posts

Sahiba, Allison, Eric, Jayden, Jordyn, Choucho, Allen, Ryan, Mohammad, David, Alex, Nicky,

Class activities

Tek2011 Earth Hour video, Unstoppable C’s avatar show, Space Between avatars, Global with Japan, global connections in Mrs Ratzel’s classroom, Scottish bloggers connecting globally,

Visit these -March 2011 -Week 3

Some more great posts and blogs to visit. My apologies to Sahiba and Song Yong Min for mis-spelling your names in the last ‘Visit these’ post.

Why visit my blog

Shyanne, Dasha, Jayden, Abiel, Diwa, Tomas,

My Theme

Dasha, Zachary,

Recommended blogs to visit

Emmy, Zoe, Kristen, Alex, Maygan, AnnaS, Essie, Mrs Martinez, Laura,

My avatar

Melissa, Connor, Sahiba, Daphnie, Adell, Jayden, Dasha, Jennifer, Caleb, Amanda, Diwa, Crystal, Josie, Anna, Ashley, Essie, Jessica, Utau, Mary,

Digital footprints

Sahiba, Teegan, Emily,

Translate these posts

German, Spanish, Irish (Gaelic??), French, Spanish, FrenchDanish, Maori, French, Spanish, Danish and Romanian, French, Danish and Spanish and Romanian, Spanish, Japanese, Spanish, Spanish, Latin, Japanese, Filippino,

Class activities

SPUDS avatars, visit the Brilliant Bloggers, visit the eagle writers and read their comments, join 2ycroydon with a song in Khymer, take a tour with Ms Boucher and her students, contest from the Eagles Write, lots of avatars with Miss B, Mrs Martinez and students compare about pages, Miss B’s students answering questions from Rm 15 in NZ,

Going global – Challenge 3-March 2011

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.

Students

Activity 1How 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.

Classes

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.

http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/2011/03/20/going-global-challenge-3-march-2011/

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3d person and globe

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