There are two activities this week and they are in the form of a game. They involve visiting other blogs, leaving quality comments and writing a post about the comments you left.
Admin this week
I have asked mentors to get back to me with those students who have not been doing the activities relating to the challenge. I have coloured their country pink on the student participant list. I will be deleting these students from the list over the next week if I feel they have not really been participating in the challenge.
Out of 106 comments left on the challenge blog over the last couple of days only 61 included the URL of the actual post I needed to visit. Many students are still leaving just the URL of their blog rather than the post. I only visit and flip to the magazine when a post URL is left here.
Before playing the games, make sure your blog is ready for visitors.
- You have lots of interesting posts for visitors to read and comment on.
- Visitors can find posts by using tags or categories on your sidebar.
- You have a visitor widget to see where your visitors are coming from.
- You have at least five student blogs from other places around the world on your sidebar.
Game week is all about visiting other blogs.
Remember one of the main aims of blogging includes commenting and carrying on conversations with the author of posts and their other readers.
A good commenter will have:
- read the post carefully,
- checked out the links in the post
- read the previous comments before they leave one of their own
- added to the conversation with a quality comment – remember that video from Mrs Yollis’ class.
- included a link to their own blog or a similar post on their own blog
This is a game we have run for many challenges and allows you to connect globally. Those who have taken part in a challenge before know the game of ‘Count Out Three’. Here are the instructions:
- click on a blog on the student list or class list– count one
- now click on a blog from the new student’s blogroll – count two
- finally click on a blog from that new blogroll – count three
- leave a comment on an interesting post at this third blog.
Teachers: If you are moderating student comments, please make sure you are up-to-date with that this week as students can be very disappointed when they think they have no comments, yet many are in the moderation queue ready to be published.
Students: Make sure you are also replying to any comments that have been left for you.
Do this activity at least three times and finally, write your own post saying which blogs you visited and which posts you left a comment on. Why did you choose that post? Remember to include a link back to the post you left a comment on.
This is a new one I have thought of for this challenge. Many great student posts are being flipped to the #16stubc Flipboard magazine, but I am not sure how many of you have actually checked them out. So here are the instructions for this game.
- Click on the flipboard magazine link here
- Click on the title of the post of what looks like an interesting image or a catchy title
- You should now be taken to the actual blog post, read it and leave a comment
- Come back to the magazine again and repeat two more times
Write a blog post mentioning the blog posts you read and the comment you left.
Get to it – start visiting and leaving quality comments that show you have read the post.
How many quality comments could you leave this week? Can you leave 10, 20 or maybe 50?
Write a post about the commenting you have done this week or throughout the challenge so far.
- What have you enjoyed about commenting?
- What is annoying about commenting?
- How have you found interesting posts to comment on?
- Are your posts getting lots of quality comments? Why or why not?
Create a list of great comment starters to help new students to blogging. There are some lists on the web but try to create your own. Here are a couple of examples from Anne Davis:
- Another thing to consider is…….
- I can relate to this…….
- This makes me think of…….
Write a quick post then include 5 great examples of comments as part of the post – use some interesting comment starters for each comment.