Week 5: Culture and family
How are you going getting comments from people other than your classmates?
Have you received comments from overseas visitors?
Has anyone in your family left a comment? Remember you might need to teach them how to leave a comment.
Activity 1: Write a post about your family – include their interests, where you might have been together as a family. Remember to include grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Activity 2: Encourage family members to leave comments on your posts over the next few weeks. Check out Mrs Yollis and her class who celebrate family blogging month in November.
Activity 3: How can you increase the number of comments on your blog? Write a post about ways to get more comments on your blog. Be creative and think outside the square – can you find at least ten ways to get more visitors and comments? You might want to make a poster for this activity.
Activity 4: Have a family member write a post for you to add to your blog. They could write it and email or post it to you. Does this post attract more visitors or family members leaving comments? One family member regularly blogs on Mrs Yollis’ blog – Where is nonno?
Activity 5: Interview a family member and write a post about them – include the interview recording. You could use audioboom online or from your phone then upload the file to your blog. Make sure you ask permission first before putting it on your blog.
Activity 6: As a family, are there any cultural activities you do together? This might relate to food, celebrations, festivals. Write a post about at least one of them.
Activity 7. Add a widget to find out where your commenters are coming from.
There are many different widgets you can use – clustrmaps, flag counter, feedjit or revolver map. Have you seen any others while visiting blogs of other students? Maybe you could write a post about why you chose the commenter widget you have put on your blog.
Activity 8. Add one or more widgets about your area of the world
This might include a clock or weather or a translator widget in case students who don’t speak your language can translate your post.
When adding widgets to your sidebar, copy and paste the embed code into a text box on your sidebar. Save then close.
If the widget is too wide, you will have to adjust the number next to ‘width’ in the embed code.
This might appear more than once in the code.
If using blogger rather than Edublogs, you might need to check out the instructions for adding widgets and images etc from Bling For Your Blog, written by a teacher in New Zealand. Thanks Allanah.
If your blog is an Edublogs free blog, you might not be able to put all the widgets in your sidebar. If using Kidblog or Weebly you might not be able to add widgets so put them in a post instead or a widgets page on your blog.
Activity 9 Visit other participants and ask questions
Visit at least five other blogs from students or classes around the world and ask some questions in your comments. How many countries are represented in the challenge participants? Have you been to a blog from each of these countries?
Activity 10 Questions in a post
Write a post including at least 6 questions about the different countries mentioned in activity 9.
Image: ‘Connecting Communities‘
Still got time left:
Check out these posts from previous weeks
Series of posts on one topic: Shahreen on HIV/Aids,
As next week is Easter here in Australia, there will be no post on the 16th April. The next post will be Sunday 23rd April.
Maybe you could use this time to visit other blogs, have a go at some activities you haven’t finished or just write some interesting posts.
Have you been checking out the class blogs as well? Many of these have student blogs attached on the sidebar.