How are you enjoying the challenge activities so far?
Have you had to sign up for any web 2.0 tools you used in your posts or sidebar?
What information did you give when you filled in their forms for signing up?
If you are under 13 did you get teacher or parental approval to join?
Activity 1. Watch video and write post about your digital footprint
Watch this video, thinking about what might be included on your digital dossier or digital footprint.
- What sites have you joined on the internet?
- How much information did you give them when you joined?
- Have you filled in more than the *asterisk questions?
Google your name or nickname but include your town as well.
- What did you find?
- Are you on the web for sports teams, named in newspapers and where else?
- How many cookies or footprints are you leaving behind?
Activity 2. Create commenting guidelines page or text box for your blog
This is especially needed in a class blog.
Commenting is one part of our digital footprint, so it is important students know how to comment in an appropriate way.
- Check out this video by Mrs Yollis and her students.
- Check out this page by Ms Edwards.
- Check out this post by Mrs Martinez and her students
Now that you have researched what commenting guidelines might include, create yours for your blog.
Activity 3. Write a post about your favourite tool to embed on your blog
Many students mentioned they wanted to know about some more web2.0 tools they could use on their blog. So here is your chance to promote a favourite web2.0 tool. Remember to create a link in your post so your readers can visit the site you are recommending. A new one many students in my class like using is Storybird. Your teacher can create a class account, then when your book has been moderated by your teacher they can embed a story in your blog. Or you can do what Lauren has done and create a post with links to your storybirds.
Activity 4. What type of user are you on the web?
Check out the infographic from Bloomberg Business Week in 2007. Write a post telling your readers about the type of person you are. Are you a mixture of more than one? Which one are your parents or grandparents? Perhaps question some people in each age group and see how they compare with the results in the infographic. Do you think the statistics may have changed over the four years since the infographic was created?
Activity 5. What is digital citizenship?
Play this game about digital citizenship. How well did you go? Write a post telling your readers about digital citizenship – what you should do rather than what you shouldn’t do. Maybe you would prefer to create a book, poster or video about digital citizenship. Some web2.0 tools you might use with parental or teacher permission glogster, goanimate, audioboo or flipbook.
Activity 6. Visit other student or class blogs
What are some of the different web 2.0 tools being used on those blogs. Are some of the tools in posts or as widgets? Look at the sidebars – are they too crowded or are they interesting because they are interactive? Do too many ‘flashy and glittery’things slow down the loading of the blog? Write a post explaining what you want your blog to be like by the end of the ten weeks. What will you include in the sidebar and why?
Remember to include a link back to this post, if you write about one of these ideas in your blog.