Challenge 9 – using language

This is our penultimate challenge – appropriate use of language since this week looks at the subject of English or language arts.

The Australian English curriculum is divided into three areas: Language, Literature and Literacy. Students are assessed in listening, reading and viewing as well as speaking, writing and creative. This week’s activities will include all these things.

Activities to try

Remember to check out the web tools to use section on the sidebar of this blog.

Watch this video about Dove evolution then explain what the producers wanted you to get out of the video. What was their aim in creating this? What techniques did they use? What is real beauty in your eyes?

Create the following to embed on your blog:

  • a comic strip related to internet safety
  • a Voki trying to persuade listeners to read a particular book
  • a collage about social values such as co-operation, sharing etc

Write a book, film or game review. Remember to rate it out of 10 and mention what age group you would recommend it for.

As a class, create a voicethread about a book you have read recently. Dawso also wrote about a book she was reading.

Hand write the first paragraph of a great story – take a photo before you do any corrections. In your post put the photo then type what the paragraph looked like after you had done some revision work.

Write a recount, explanation, persuasive piece of writing. Find an image relating to it and remember to add correct attribution.

Create an A-Z dictionary relating to English – this could be done as a class using voicethread with a different group of letters on each slide. It could be added to throughout the year as students learn more vocabulary relating to English.

Find a very interesting image. Add it to your post then write a description or a set of questions about it.

Create your own images and add to a post of your choice  Other options for creating your own images include:

  1. Image Generators such as ImageGenerator.org
  2. Comic Generators like MakeBeliefsComix.com,  kerpoof, ToonDoo
  3. Photo Editors like Befunky, fd’s Flickr Tools
  4. Tag Cloud Creators such as Wordle
  5. Graph Creators including GraphJam and Crappy Graphs

Mixing up your images using these types of tools can really spice up your posts! Leave a comment on this post, if you or your class can recommend some other image sites to add to this list.

Tell the story of the picture   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.

Write some poetry on your blog. Here are some examples: Dawso’s acrostic, Afrah’s 6 room poem, Lilli’s 6 room poem

These pictures tell a story. Visit the website to leave your story.

Next week

Next week is our last set of activities and it will include an evaluation of your blog and blogging skills as well as a chance to nominate some great student and class blogs for the annual Edublog awards. So make sure you have visited lots of different blogs and found those you would like to recommend win an award. You will be able to nominate one student blog from your class, one student blog from the rest of the world and one class blog. You will not be able to nominate your own blog. But more about this next week.

Image: ‘Moonbow = Rainbow at Night

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

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