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

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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.

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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

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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

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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,

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