I wonder how similar or different your school day is! I know we have students taking part that are home schooled, or are from an international school or have a one room school as well as go to university or a normal school.
So this week’s theme is all about school. I am going to give you some suggestions but what you post about is up to you. Use one of my ideas or think of something for yourself. Check out what these three students wrote last year:
The first three weeks of the challenge were mainly learning lots about blogging skills you need when working on public sites on the internet. You should have learnt the following so far:
Avatars – what they are, how they are used, how to create one and upload to your blog
About me pages – difference between page and post, what is private information and what you can say on your blog, being a good digital citizen
Commenting – what makes a great comment, what you expect from a comment on your blog, guidelines for blogging and commenting in your class
Images, sounds, video – what is creative commons, how to find safe and usable images, what is an attribution and how to write it, websites with great images, creating your own images, using images for puzzles and games, an image paints a thousand words when writing a story or poem
In a couple of weeks, we will be playing a commenting game. But you need to get prepared for this.
Make sure you have at least 5 other student/class blogs linked on the sidebar of your blog, in a page near your header area or in a recent post that your visitors can find easily. Make sure these are blogs from other students/classes around the world, not just those in your class or school. Perhaps have a blogroll or link category called Global students and/or Global classes. Here is how to add a blogroll if using Edublogs or Blogger. If using Kidblog write a post mentioning at least 5 great blogs you enjoy visiting. Your teacher may be able to add links on the class part of the Kidblog.
Have some visitor widgets on your blog sidebar – maybe a revolver map or a flag counter – this way you can see where your visitors are coming from. Remember only one visitor in 30 will actually leave a comment.
Make sure your blog looks interesting:
Maybe change your header to suit what you are writing about.
Do your pets make a noise as soon as your blog is opened in a tab? That can be annoying so make sure the visitor can click on the sound button if they want to hear your animal pet.
Have you changed the tagline under the title of your blog?
Have you included some tags or categories to help your readers find a great post?
Does your background image make it hard for your visitors to read your posts?
Have you written some interesting posts for your visitors to comment on?
This week’s activity is free choice
Have some interesting posts for your visitors to read when they get to your blog. I am not going to give any clues as to what to put in your posts but remember the following, especially if you want a post flipped to our magazine. Also take note of the page titled ‘Post ideas’ above my header.
Having read many student posts, I came up with the following essentials in a great post.
includes at least one visual (with attribution) whether photo, cartoon, video or another web 2.0 tool like padlet or glogster
interesting topic with the passion of the author coming through
well written and not copy/pasted from somewhere else
shows it has been proofread and spellchecked
written in paragraphs – at least three of them
includes links to other websites on similar topics – at least two of these
When you have finished your post(s), please come back here to the blogging challenge and leave one comment on this post. Mention what topic(s) you wrote about and leave a link to your post(s). Check out how Roman left one comment for all posts completed.
Those posts covering the seven things mentioned above will be added to the flipboard magazine. Many students are forgetting to add links to other websites relating to the topic they have written about. Help here from Edublogs and Blogger.
In this chapter we learn more about Conrad Worthington and how he handles situations. In the comment section of this post compare Piper and Conrad’s personalities. After you compare the two characters explain how they handle situations differently citing text evidence from the book to support your claim.
Piper has had a rough time during her first day at The Institute. What is the significance of Piper’s wooden bird? How does it affect her outlook for her remaining her time? Post your response on your blog.
We worked really hard constructing our roller coasters and now it is time to share our work! Please read the entire post and then create a new post on your blog sharing your video and explaining what we learned about gravity!
We had a wonderful week at Outdoor School! I can’t wait until Monday so that we can start to blog about our experiences and share the valuable science lessons that we learned! It truly is an amazing and unique experience! Check out the Facebook page to see some of the experiments first hand!
This is another important week in the challenge. Blogging is all about having your voice heard and connecting with others who might like to read and comment on what you have written. But, as in many things we humans do, there are some protocols bloggers in schools like to follow.
Check out these videos about leaving quality comments. The first video was created for one of the very first blogging challenges back in 2009 by Mrs Yollis’ grade 3 students and it has been seen by thousands of students who have taken part in the blogging challenges since then. This video is suitable for all ages but specifically primary/elementary school or lower. But those in middle/high school or older might like to check out the second video which is more suited to an older age group.
Teachers: You might want to visit the post about teaching quality commenting on the Teacher Challenge blog. It has an excellent video about the possibilities of blogging through commenting. It also includes the videos below and others you might want to share with your class. You also find out about commenting and blogging guidelines, paper blogging and other ways to use your blogs to connect globally.
Nicolas Weiss – Leaving high quality blog comments
Activity 1: Create a ‘How to comment’ page on your blog
Many themes and blogging platforms have different ways to leave a comment. You might need to click on the title of the post, or click on a number in a circle or click on the words ‘Leave a comment’. Write a page for your blog explaining how to leave a comment. You could write it as a set of steps or perhaps create a video showing what to do. Be creative. Here is an example on my family history blog. Mrs Yollis created a video showing how to comment on her blogspot blog. You might prefer to add the instructions in a text widget on your sidebar instead of a page. Remember, though, if you change themes you might also need to change these instructions.
Activity 2: Make a set of commenting guidelines – you might be able to combine this with activity 1
Explain what you expect when someone leaves a comment on your blog. .
What type of comment is acceptable?
Which type of comment will you put in the trash?
Here are some examples:
Huzzah commenting guidelines, a Glogster poster about commenting, WarriorKat used a variety of tools for her guidelines, notice how Sophie included a link back to Mrs Yollis’ blog where she got her information from, Emme created a PowToon, Darcey included some interesting points, Kyndal has her guidelines here
Activity 3: Leave a comment on this post – you might be able to combine this with activity 4
Each week the best posts published in the Student Blogging Challenge are featured in our Flipboard magazine.
To check your posts we need you to leave a comment with a link to your post on this blog whenever you finish a weekly activity.
So your activity is to practice leaving a comment below with a link to your post for an activity you’ve completed this week or last week.
But first you need to know the difference between your BLOG link and your POST link
Blog link: http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org
Post link: http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/2017/10/01/week-1-lets-introduce-ourselves/
If your teacher is moderating and approving your posts, you will need to wait until this has been done before leaving me a link in a comment.
Activity 4: Use some HTML in a comment
Did you check out Mrs Yollis’ blog? She includes a page with some HTML (code) you can use when commenting especially on blogspot blogs. If leaving a comment on an Edublogs blog, here is a post explaining the HTML to use. If you want to leave a link to your blog that looks neat and tidy, check out this post.
Activity 5: Visit other student or class blogs
Visit 4 other blogs on the lists above the header area. Leave a quality comment on one post on each blog. Might be the About Me page or another post you found interesting. Write a post on your blog mentioning who you visited, which post you left a comment on and why, then include the comment you left. Hint: make sure you copy the comment before you hit the submit button. Here are some examples from other students: Allegra , Izzy,Callie but try to include a link to the actual post you left a comment on
Congratulations to the students from Thailand who wrote some great introductions then were first to leave me a comment on last week’s post. Here is their class blogwith their names on the side if you also want to visit them.
Here we go! So many of you have asked about included photographs in your posts and how to cite them properly. Please make sure you READ the entire post and complete the challenge at the end. Happy Blogging!!
Whenever I visit a blog for the first time, I always check to see who the person is that is writing the blog posts. Do they have similar interests to me?
If you already have an About Me page, you might want to create an About my State or Province page as well. Be creative:
Write a poem
Write an A-Z paragraph eg I am an athletic, yet brainy child who decided that saving the environment is one of my future goals. Check out how one of the mentors created her about me page especially for the student blogging challenge