Week 3: Town and country

Remembering The Past
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  • Have you added the challenge badge or mentor badge?
  • Are you remembering to include the URL of your blog whenever you leave a comment?

Let’s get down to this week’s challenge.

Most schools in Australia and New Zealand will be on holidays at the moment. I will be travelling also for the next two weeks. One place I am visiting is the capital city of Australia, Canberra. There will not be an official post for next week, but I will include some great places to get creative. It will also be a week for classes to catch up on activities if they have missed them.

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Miss Wyatt loves history, museums and nature.

Mrs Waters

Mrs Waters enjoys chocolate, food and popular sights of the area.

Activity 1

If we were to visit the capital city of your country, what are three places you would recommend either of us see?

Activity 2

If we were to visit the capital city of your state or province, what are three places you would recommend?

Activity 3

All countries have their own currency. Research the history of your currency. What was the first type of currency? Which animals and people appear on your currency now and in the past? Write a post relating to currency, maybe include an image of some of yours. You might choose just one note or coin or write a general post, but remember to write in your own words. Here is a great post about wildlife on currency. If we were to visit your country, how much would we get for $100 Australian? How much would a cup of coffee and sandwich cost us? How much would a block of chocolate cost?

Activity 4

Create a quiz about your state, country; this website is good for embedding a quiz. Try my quiz about Tasmania

Reminder that this site is only for those over 13 years old. If you know of other websites or apps for creating embeddable quizzes, leave a comment so I can add it to our tools list on the sidebar.

Activity 5

Where would you prefer to live – in a small town in the country or in a big city? Give pros and cons for both

Activity 6

If you could live anywhere in the world, universe or world of books, where would it be and why?

Activity 7

Write a post asking 5 questions about a country for your overseas visitors to answer. eg Where is the best place to view wildlife in your country? Which National Park has the best scenery in your country? Where would you recommend not visiting in your country and why? Remember to ask them to leave the name of the country they are from as well as the URL of their own blog so you can visit them.

Activity 8 – more for middle school, high school students

What makes an Australian/Russian/American etc feel proud of their country? What makes you an Australian/Russian/American etc? Do you have to be born in that country or taken out citizenship of that country? Think about you and your country. Write a post about your feelings about being a citizen of your country. What about dual citizenship? Should you be allowed to hold office (be a politician) if you don’t have citizenship in that country?

Activity  relating to 13

Some people believe in superstitions and haunted places. Are there any ghost towns or haunted places in your country? Have you ever visited them? Would you stay overnight in them? Here is a slideshow of some ghost towns around the world.

Still got time left??

Make sure you are visiting lots of other student and class blogs. I have seen some great posts being written and some fantastic conversations starting to happen.

Remember to leave a comment on this post when you have finished an activity. That way I can visit your blog and leave a comment.

Check these out from the last couple of weeks: Mrs Yollis and Bubbe, do you have Maria as your mentor?, Shaffer writers starting blogging, War Kat wrote about family and used avatars, Bri and Ella writing a novel, Ms Seitz’s grade 4 class wrote about themselves as did the Bloggin’Frogs from California and Ms Nichol’s grade 6 class, Jazzy wrote why she is excited to be in the challenge, Alex, Victoria, Paige, Jaelynne and Leo introduced themselves, Mrs Muller’s students have introduced themselves – see list on her sidebar,

 

Week 8 – Questions

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This week will more or less be free choice but I do have some questions I would like you to answer in a post. Remember to give details not just a one sentence answer for each question.

Activity 1.

  • What makes a great post?
  • When you are out visiting blogs, what makes you stop and read a post?
  • How do you find great posts on a blog?

Activity 2.

Visit at least 10 blogs; even more if you have time. Maybe check out some posts in the flipboard magazines. Leave a comment on each of those blogs. Make sure they are quality comments – address the author, add to the conversation, sign off remembering to include URL of your blog.

G’day Miss W.

I really enjoyed that post about Tasmanian Devils. As you know, I am a well travelled Tassie Devil and luckily have never contracted that facial tumour disease. I did hear though, that some scientists in Tasmania think they have found the cause of it.

From Davo Devil http://mrdevil.edublogs.org

Activity 3.

  • What is a great post you have written?
  • What made it stand out from the other posts?
  • On your blog, are you able to write posts about your own interests?
  • Do you think this would make your blog more interesting? Why?

Activity 4.

Write a post mentioning three great blogs you have visited. Do not include any from your school; at least one must be from another country. In the post mention why you consider it a great blog. Explain in detail.

STOP PRESS  News about next week

1.  Next week you are going to write your very best post for the challenge. While visiting blogs this week, take note of what you consider should be included in a fantastic post.

2.  Next week, you will also be nominating a student blog and a class blog that you think should be part of the Edublog Awards. So make sure you have visited lots of blogs and taken note of those you consider stand out from the others. You will need to explain why they stand out in a post next week.

Here is a link to the winners and nominees for 2012 – Student blogs and class blogs

Great posts to read

I have been very impressed with the number of students who have included a pingback for me to visit their blog post. Every couple of weeks I will choose those which were very well written, showed variety in the answers or were very creative and well thought out. Make sure you visit these blogs and perhaps leave some comments on the posts.

If you read a great blog post, feel free to leave a comment on that week’s challenge post. Remember to include a link to the post I should go and read. Or you could email me with the student name and the post URL.

Remember each student who is linked in this post will receive their own pingback on their blog. A pingback usually starts with [...] and then finishes with [...]  Make sure you approve these pingbacks as it means someone thinks you have written a good post and they have mentioned it in one of their posts.

Alive or dead

Students: Sarah, Cullen, Noah, Eiliana, Jess, Rosemarie, Franklin, Eeshaan, Kyle, Madeline, Jerry, Hannah who loves gymnastics. Steph, Andres, Miranda, Brisa, Dharyl, Areli, Caroline, Hannah or ladybuggy, Euriel, Melissa, Letty, Stephanie, Alma, Lupita, Gio, Cindy, Angela, Daisy, Jack, Jake, Gabriel, Jessi-Rose, Jess the bookworm, Cogan, Lisa, Ezio,

I was thrilled to see so many students wanting to ask grandparents, great grandparents and other family members questions about something in their life. That is one of my hobbies – genealogy or family history.

Classes: Merrybeau, Miss Carlson (read the comments for student answers), Splashers in NZ, Blogmania,

About Me

Students: Annalee, Brayan, Ana, David, Brian, Lillian, Ruth, Gisela, Breeyana, Vanessa, Martina, Johnny, Makenzie, Laura, all students from Mrs Kriese’s class,

Classes: Teddy from Mrs Donofrio’s class, Penguins in NZ, Rebecca‘s class, class mascot Buzz, 56STEPS, The Lions, 56Torquay, students in Serbia,

Commenting guidelines: Eeshaan, Mrs McKelvey’s class video about comment tips,

Conversations have started happening between students and classes: Nathaniel, Berenice, Yesenia,

Why visit my blog: David, Jake, Wise Owls,

Anti-bullying: Climb High,

 

Photo Credit: Official BlackBerry Images via Compfight cc

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

 

Keep visiting

Blogs and commenting: Abbey, Steve, Alexandra, Andrew (Beware: music starts playing loudly), Simone, Jacqueline, HughNadia, JohnCO connections, Brianna, Room 13 Totara Stars, Teegan, Brooke,

Blog Action Day 2010: Abbey, CO ConnectionsMr Baird (click on student names in left sidebar for their posts)

Previous challenges: Abbey, Mrs Thordarson, Miss B in Thailand, Teegan on road signs, Indy’s quiz, all about Iowa, Marx, Finn’s quiz, iCubed quiz on USA, Matthew, about Jackie, Kristin, DustinJared on Canada, Marcy on my state, Christine on Iowa, Brooke on Iowa, Mr Carson school tour, Caitlyn and Arden on Melbourne Aquarium, why visit Sean, Katie talks about Iowa, Vanessa on Iowa, Miss T and the school tour, life in Iowa, come visit Iowa,

Where am I Voki: Madeline, Mr Kruse,

Odds and ends: Room1 cyberpet, questions about Australia and New Zealand, Kaley’s poem, Soccercat finish the sentence, Tyler questions on Scotland and Australia, questions about New Zealand and the UK, questions about Australia and Canada, questions about New Zealand and Singapore, questions about Canada and Australia, questions about Scotland and New Zealand, Vanessa asks about Canada and Australia, Katie asks about Australia and Spain, Ashley asks about Norway and Canada,

I want to visit: Sea World, international tour by Eileen,

Original image: ‘Questions

Questions

by: Tim O’Brien

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