Great blogging posts

Here are the posts I felt deserved recognition in challenge 8.

Remember there were some rules to get your blog mentioned on this post.

  1. This post will be ten paragraphs long, one for each of your favourite things.
  2. In at least three of your paragraphs include a link to another website.
  3. Include at least two images related to your favourite things.
  4. Make sure you have tagged and categorized your post.
  5. Use a tool other than writing to tell us about one of your favourite things eg include a video or Voki or audioboo or slideshow – the list is endless.

Classes

Merrybeau include audioboos and a photopeach slideshow – Ireland

Mrs McKelvey’s class have written about lots of different animals as part of their science program – USA

Students

Mrs Vilas’s class – USA

Isabelle included a prezi, Elijah included a Voki, Janiece has a delicious image of cheesecake, Juliana includes clip of One Direction, Angelika and I love waves crashing, Dorian used images from pics4learning, Cayla has an interesting Voki, Ghislane includes One Direction, Dayanara used images from photobucket,

Mrs Donofrio’s class – USA

Anthony included a video about flowriders,

Mrs Schmidt’s class – USA

Caitlyn included a Voki, Michael included an animoto, Marissa has a poll about animals, Andres has a voki, Max included a QR code, Braeden has a couple of polls to answer, Will is polling about candy,

Mr Hoff’s class – Vietnam

Lisa included a YouTube playlist she created,

Mrs Neidlinger’s class – USA

Sydney has a thinglink and Voki, Chelsea sorry I had to disagree with you,

Mrs Majdoub Hayfa – Tunisia

Arwa is very philosophical in this post,

Mrs Tharp’s class – USA

Mike created a voicethread, Andrew created a Voki, Makayla enjoys rock climbing, Noel loves donuts from Paulas,

Mrs Cliff – Australia

 Pyper has two posts to cover her favourite things, here is the second one

Mentors recommendations

Mrs Vilas recommends 2 posts to visit,

Many thanks for everyone who took part in this the 10th student blogging challenge. Remember the next one will start in September 2013. Registration will be out by mid August and challenge start early September.

If you have any great ideas for challenge activities, please leave a comment here on this post or send me an email with your ideas.

Have you visited these blogs?

Thank youI would like to say a big thank you to those people who have taken on the role of mentor throughout this challenge. I have noticed lots of comments from them when reading posts for this visit post.  We have quite a few student mentors this year – they are students who have taken part in at least three blogging challenges – so they have been blogging for nearly two years or more. We also have some adults who have offered to be mentors on more than one occasion. In their bio on the mentors page they have left a link to a personal blog, so I could check them out before allocating them some students.

If your mentor or another student or class leave you a comment, make sure you reply to their comment – this is where the conversations will happen.

If you find a great post when visiting student or class blogs, leave me the URL in a comment on this post and I will add them for the next visit post.

Recommendations from mentors

7-9 year olds on Kidblog – week 2, I am poem by Emily,

Posts from Weeks 1&2 challenges

Arwa on being positive, Cogan , Mrs McKelvey and her frogs, Gabriella, John and music, Em on cyber bullying including a movie, Em finds sand dollars and tidepools, Dylan on rugby, Arwa on 10 people, Breeyana on anime, Zeth on music and knitting, Paige, Jackie on Sacramento, Leslie experiences a roller coaster, Daisy on music and football, Stephanie on minecraft and zombies, Daniela on music, Paloma on parents and their sports, Martina on two bands, Jacob on dirt biking, Uriel on minecraft, Jonathan on minecraft, Euriel on elephants and ivory trade, Natalie on Las Vegas and Yuma, Cassie on things to do before she dies, Miranda on cheerleading, Saray would like to live at …, Berenice and London, Matthew, Tracey and reading, Niko, Julia’s favourite things, Pyper, Esmer’s favourite artists, Gisela’s book summary of Amigo Brothers, Edith on travelling, Samantha plans her future, Yesenia and her sister, Brisa and dance, Jack, Antonia sings and dances, Vanessa and Lupita are Directioners, Gio and dinosaurs, Molly, Grace at the beach, Emily loves dogs, Mia loves surfing, Natalie

Some great uses for a holey sock

Carson, Riley, Jayen, Will, Mackenzie uses a voki, Willis, Lisa uses Pixton, JakeG, Tosh includes socks in the story, Merry Beau’s class have fantastic ideas,

Reduce, reuse, recycle

JakeG mentions a 4th R, Lisa includes a collage and animoto,

 

Some students are leaving links to their posts in Twitter. They are using the hashtag #13stubc which is for the 2013 student blogging challenge. This makes it easy for me to visit their posts from the link in their tweet. I have linked to their main blog rather than each separate post, so they wont receive a pingback in their comments.

Sydney M, Corbin, Hannah excellent sock ideas, Kalee, Branden, Benji uses thinglink to annotate an image, Sydney S, Mrs Neidlinger uses thinglink to add other tools to an image, Emily has some great sock ideas, Mikayla
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Avard Woolaver via Compfight

Challenge 8 – freedom again

I hope students and classes are finding these free choice weeks useful. It is a chance to catch up but also time to show off your passions. I am also using it as a chance to show you more blogs to visit, instead of writing a separate post for that.

Mentors, how are you going? Have you been visiting blogs regularly and leaving comments? Many thanks for taking the time to do this and I am sure the students appreciate that.

My passion post for this week

I have never enjoyed gardening but now that I have retired, I seem to get out there more often. I now have 4 vegetable patches and the following growing well – strawberries, brocollini, cabbages (with their moth grubs), brussel sprouts, lettuces, radishes, carrots, snow peas, runner beans, butter beans and tomatoes. I have also been out weeding the plant garden area. I am trying to attract some more smaller birds to my garden, so mainly have Australian native plants. This might be difficult though as the next door neighbours all have dogs, cats and chickens, so the smaller birds might be too frightened to settle on a shrub. Do you have your own garden at home?

So what is your passion for this week? Books, girl’s education, global climate change, Hurricane Sandy, One Direction, Lego, caffeine and kids, cyberbullying, reality shows – wow too many to think about.

Science games to look at, play and review

Animation

  • Automatoon will not work with Internet Explorer but great way to create an animated movie.
  • Another great site is goanimate – teachers there is an education version of this as well
  • Kerpoof is great for all ages

Visit these blogs that have left pingbacks or trackbacks over the last month or so

CJ on gala day, Nick on top ten travel destinations, Chloe on Amanda Todd cyberbullying, Amy and her sayings, Chris looked at his clustrmap, Hannah loves free rice, 5G Legendz tessellate (and teacher learns to pingback), Bridget enjoys the season Fall, James’ mum asks a question, Esha talks about inventing, Mrs Flowers class and M&Ms, Matt on trees, Becky on endangered animals, Nickolas on Mars Rover, Dawso on micro-organisms, Hannah on horses, Jess on astronomy, Kara on hurricanes, Isabelle makes an erupting volcano, Jess wrote about Fred Hollows, Esha wrote about dolphins, Morgan likes microscopes, Harry hangs with a moose, Angie quizzed her noodle, Chris looks at cells, Natalie thinks about future technologies, Kaela created an A-Z of science

Visit some classes that are the same grade as you.

Image source: Miss W – will be in flickr account soon.

Visit these weeks 2 and 3

Lots of great posts being written. Classes, students and mentors have been adding links to their posts, allowing me to visit and leave a comment. I don’t think links are coming through from weebly sites so you might need to leave a comment back here at the challenge blog until I find out how to solve the problem.

Check these out:

Mentors:

Dinah created a prezi about herself so her students could know more about her, Astaneh wrote about his country,

Classes:

Bonfigli Beat students photographed their school, the students from this virtual classroom are noticed because of their links back to the challenge, Room 2.1 writes about their passions, this school has a theatre, Mr Waugh’s class researched the Eureka flag,

Students:

When checking out these posts, remember to also read other posts written by the student and check out their blogroll for more student posts to read.

Week 1: All about me

Welcome to the first week of activities in the 8th student blogging challenge. As at writing this first post, we have 112 classes, 748 students and 36 mentors taking part in the challenge. We cover the following 22 countries:

  • Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA – majority of students and classes from these countries.
  • United Kingdom, Russia, Vietnam, South Korea, Turkey – more than one participant.
  • Netherlands, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Taiwan, South Africa, Colombia, United Arab Emirates, Iran, El Salvador, Bangladesh, Uganda, Malaysia and Indonesia – only one participant or mentor.

Activities will be divided into three sections:

  • Blogging – check if you have done these activities before going on to the other sections. It is here where you will learn how to improve your blog.
  • Students – activities for writing posts or adding comments.
  • Teachers – activities for your classes either writing posts or leaving comments.

Let’s get started!!

Blogging

With participants from so many countries coming to your blog, you will need to have a post or page all about yourself – your interests, your favourites, your family and so on. Remember to be internet safe and not mention personal information like your last name, phone number, email, school name. Check out these great examples: Mara, Colton and Reece  A slightly different version from Nolan

If using Edublogs, go to your dashboard> pages>edit sample page or about page. Remember to rename the title. If your blog header doesn’t include pages, then you will also need to go to appearance> widgets> drag  ‘Pages’ into your sidebar.

You will also need to make sure visitors can leave comments on your blog – you might need to create a text widget to explain how to leave a comment. Check out this blog for an example: Image a Day  To know how to cheat and put this info in your sidebar, visit this post from The Edublogger and start at part 6.

If using other blogging platforms, check out the Get Help links on the sidebar of this blog. I have tried to find tutorials for improving blogs for each of the other platforms. If you know a good tutorial site leave a comment on this post and include the link. I will then add it to my sidebar.

Students

  1. You might need to re-visit your ‘About’ page and update it for this year.
  2. Otherwise check out some interesting ‘I am’ posts from students in Mrs Kelly’s class. You could write one of these for your blog.
  3. Find your name on the student participant list, check that the link works, then visit at least ten blogs with the same colour as yours and leave comments on one of their posts. Write a post, recommending at least three different blog posts to visit and why you think they are interesting.
  4. Who is your mentor? Check on the student participant list, then go to the mentor registration page and find out about your mentor. Write a post as if you are interviewing your mentor. They might visit in the next couple of weeks and leave some answers for you.

Teachers

  1. You might need to re-visit your class  ‘About’ page and update it for this year.
  2. Otherwise check out some interesting ‘I am’ posts from students in Mrs Kelly’s class. You could write one of these for your blog but instead it will be ‘We are’ as a class.
  3. Find your class name on the class participant list, check that the link works, then visit the class on either side of you. Leave a comment on their blog and some of the student blogs if linked on the blogroll.
  4. Write a post posing  some questions to be answered by the visiting classes which might come to your blog.
  5. Check out this post about commenting from Mrs Smith. What type of comments do your students leave?

Everyone:

If you have any great ideas for activities in this challenge, please leave in a comment on this post.

Remember to create a link back to this post if you have completed any of the activities where you are asked to write a post. You might copy and paste this to the bottom of the post: I got the idea for this activity from Student Challenge Blog March 2012

Image: ‘Welcome Piggies

Challenge 9: Favourites

This is the penultimate week of the student blogging challenge for 2011. Only one more week to go to prove to your teachers that you are blogging well and showing improvements in your posts and commenting skills.

So this week, the theme is FAVOURITES. This allows you lots of choice. But to show a great post to your teacher you will need to include:

  • at least three paragraphs of writing
  • an image with correct attribution
  • a link to another website where you found information

Your teacher will also be looking to see if you have used tags and categories in your posts. If you need help with these, check out the guides for your blog platform eg Edublogs, Kidblog, Blogger, Weebly etc

You might want to write three or four posts on this theme.

Next week, we will be asking you to nominate a student blog  and a class blog for the Edublog Awards. You will need to write a nomination giving reasons why you love that blog, as well as leaving a comment giving reasons as well. Think about the blogs you have visited, so you are ready when the directions for nominating are given next week. You will not be allowed to nominate a blog from your class so make sure you are visiting lots of other blogs around the world.

Next week you will also be doing an evaluation of your blog so make sure your blog is the best it can be. If you have a blog avatar in your sidebar, make sure it is one you have created. Make sure there are some widgets about your state or country, at least 10 comments and posts can be seen via the sidebar, as well as the archives as you will be comparing your first post in the challenge to your last one about your favourites. Make sure you have completed lots of the challenge activities from the September 2011 challenge.

Next week you will also be evaluating the blogging challenge by filling in a Google document survey.

Visit these – Nov 2011

The student and class bloggers have been doing excellent work.

And here’s some of their work to check out!

From the Class blogs

  1. Fifth Grade Stars – Posts of the week to showcase student posts
  2. Mr Baldock’s class blog – Storybird
  3. Mrs McDonald Room 208 – How to embed video or cartoons
  4. Busy Bee’s – Voki posts
  5. Miss Hutchinson’s class Room 3.1 – Blog Action Day
  6. Mrs Goucher’s class blog – Blog Action Day, Digital citizenship, Goucher’s Class tours the World
  7. Mrs Martinez’s Class blog – Digital Dossier
  8. BRCS Reads – posting and commenting
  9. Computer class connections – Passion….definition and own passions
  10. Ms Olen’s Class blog – World Problems, Digital Footprints
  11. Mrs Yollis’ Classroom blog – Skype
  12.  Year 6 HIC – Colors
  13. Learing with MrD Carson – Digital Footprint
  14. Learning Hub 3 @ Stonefields School – commenting on our posts
  15. All About Us – Is Hallowe’en Amazing or not
  16. Mrs Gregory’s 7th Grade  and Mrs Gregory’s Class – Star bloggers and Star bloggers nominations
  17. 5.1 Class blog – Ideas and feedback on the Blogging Challenge

From the Student blogs

After School Activities

Keira, Daniel, Cheyenne, Lupita, Steph, Eduardo, Giovanni, Ana, Dharyl, Christian, Breeyana, Julie, Adi, Leti, Cassidy, Sophie, Tess, Angie, Liana, Lorenzo, CamiloAnalucia, Juliana, Cinda, PJF, Zechariah, Zainab, Mohana, Keisha, Mikayla, Edith, Jack, Maria, Maria Gabriela, Julia, Alex, Vanessa, Cole, Emma

Blog Action Day

Jarrod, Jessica C, Jaden, Jake , Ethan, Barbie, Okali, Teagan, Clay, Natalie, Daniel, Julie, Letty, Sophie, Angie, Angie, Justin, Meridith, Shweta, Simone

Blogs I recommend

Jaden, Jake, Emily, Jose, Alex, Alexandra

Images and embedding

XavierEthanLily, Georgie, Bonnie, Gemma, Kali, Andrea

Global Issue

Analucia, Camilo, Valentina, Sarah, Mikayla, Gemma, Amy, Kimberly, Santiago, Victoria, Sammy, Daniela, Valen, Lauren, Simone, Kaarishm, Vinay, Anthony, Kenneth

My Favorite Color

Caroline, Sammy, Em, Tess, Angie, Emily, JuanMaria, NicolasAnalucia, Majo, Alejandro, Valentina, Juliana, Meridith, Maddi, Lily, Georgie, Bonnie, Darcy, Cinda, Shweta, Maria, Maria, Martin, Victoria, Kara, Juliama, Debra, Jaime, Laura, Alexandra

Digital  Citizenship and Footprints
Caroline, Jessica C, Laura, Keira, Daniel, Sophie, Andy, Chedo, Alex, Meridith, Bonnie, Darcy, Cinda, Zaniab, Mohana, Edina, Bronte, Dylan, Alejandro, Laura, Kimberly, Kailey, Clem, Meredith, Megha

Halloween

Em, Jarrod, Lauren, Pareen, Grace, Laura, Caroline, Teagan, Angie, Emily, Natalie, Catherine, Nat, Andy, Kate, Simon, Rachel, Darcy, Cinda, Gabbi, Bronte, Chloe, Kimberly, Dylan, Julia, Kailey, Kali, Sarah, Dara, Becky, David, Mark, Simon

Things I want to learn about

Liana, Alfredo, Isaac, Ashley, Susie, Dawson, Nathan, Gary, Morgan

What type of Internet users

Tess, Meridith, Darcy, Kimberly, Marianna, Quinn, Natalia

Show your Creativity

Em, Jose, Hannah, Jake, EthanIsaiah, Caz, Casey, Teagan, Lupita, Clay, Natalie, Dharyl, Anahi, Jose, Christian, Breeyana, Adi, Letty, Cassidy, Angie, Emily, Xavier, Jose, Lorenzo, Erilyn, Santiago, Tatiana, Arianna, Shweta, Zechariah, Mohana, Mikayla, Edith, Gemma, Amy, Georgia, Daniela, Alexandra, Mario, Alexandra, Chelesea, Laura, Olivia, Benioni

Write a story beginning

Gabby, Tess, Angie, Emily, Valentina, Simon, Juliana, Lily, Georgie, Bonnie, Maria, Martin, Noah, Taylor, Brooke, Valen, Becky, Ashley, David, Ruth, Gabriela, Dylan

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

by: Kenny(zoompict) Teo

Released under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License

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 1

Every week, I create a new post suggesting some blogs to visit. But remember, I need to know which blogs to add to my list. You need to add a link in your blog post to the challenge blog post where you got the idea or you need to leave a comment on my blog post.

Here are some great examples for this week.

My theme
Daria, Siabhaon, Chloe, Tamara, Mimi, Miranda,

Visit my blog

JonC, Heather, Connor, Amy, Mikaela, Kylee, Anna, sd21, Emma, Molly, Matthew, Kim, Kenneth, Melody, Oscar, Michael, Marcos, Javier, Science Girl Em, Dakota, Sahana, Gabe, Rachster, Weyshin,

Blogging makeover

Dominique, Aisling,

Recommended posts to read

Alejandro, Abbey, Teegan, Simone, Jennifer, Emily, Kyra, Aiden, Lexi, Liam, Eli (love the Tassie Devil connection lol), Jennifer, Ryan, Connor, Isaiah, Jakob, Dakota, Kaylee, Greg,

Students recommended these blogs to visit

Bree, Maria Paula, Megan, Cameron, Ta-Layza, Carter, Anna, Grace, Katherine, Zachary, TeenInk, Michelle, Sam, Hypathia, Megan, Sumayah,

Introducing our class or school

Miss T, Mark, Mr Lamb,

Thanks to the class who were advertising why you should join the challenge. I am glad students who have previously taken part are recommending others join this year.