I have just been checking what work has been done while I am away. I noticed Angus is keeping up and only has to add some links to his blogroll. Some of you have added comments and widgets as well. Keep working on that checklist. Leave a comment on one of my posts if you have a question about what to do.
But here are some other ideas for posts:
What is your favourite colour and why? Write a poem about it maybe. Add an image of that colour.
Our world in danger – I notice this week UNESCO is meeting in Doha to make a decision about the Great Barrier Reef. Research this and write a post about the result.
Your relatives are coming to Tasmania for a two week holiday. Plan where they are going to visit and how long they will be in certain places. Remember to add a hyperlink to some places like Port Arthur. Here is a post about how to add hyperlinks.
If you could be any animalin the world, what would you be and why?
Who is your favourite musician, singer, band etc? Write a post about them but remember to write in your own words. Don’t copy and paste from another website. Add one video to your post – find this in youtube. Here is a post explaining how to add a video to your post.
In this week’s lesson, you each added a clock widget to your sidebar. Here are the steps you followed, in case you need to change the clock:
Open student blogger’s blog and right click open in a new tab on Miss W’s clock in the sidebar.
This takes you to this website. In the top header, hover over free fun and click on make a clock for your site.
Make any changes you need to the clock and keep clicking on Continue. You can see what the changes are as you make them by looking at the clock on the right.
When you have finished creating your clock, you need to copy the embed code. This is also called HTML code.
Now come back to your blog dashboard> appearance> widgets to embed the code in a text box which you have dragged across to your sidebar area.
Put in a title for the widget them paste the embed code and save.
There are many different widgets you can add to your sidebar. They all work the same way – create the widget on their website, copy the embed or HTML code then come back to your dashboard and add the code in a text box under widgets. If you can’t find the embed code easily look for these words or icons:
This week’s lesson is all about adding widgets. Some are very easy to do, others are a bit more difficult. I will be writing separate posts for how to add certain widgets like a cyber pet, a clock and the weather widgets.
There are hundreds of widgets you can add to the sidebar of your blog. But you need to think about the design of your blog as well.
some widgets are noisy- music, games, pets
some take up a lot of space – games, shelfari
some distract your readers – noisy games
There are some widgets I would like to see on your blog and these are provided by Edublogs so are easy to add to your sidebar.
How to add Edublogs widgets
Go to blog dashboard> appearance> widgets
Open your sidebars
Now just drag and drop into the dotted boxes
Move widgets around, just drag and drop within the sidebars
Widgets to add: class blogs, links, recent comments (10), recent posts (10), categories If you can already see it in the sidebar, don’t add a second time.
Now you need to do the following to get marked off on work finished page.
Leave 2 comments on the student blogger’s blog. You might want to leave a comment on this post and the previous post about the online classroom. Make sure they are quality comments like in the video.
Write a new page (not post) about what you expect when someone leaves a comment on your blog. It doesn’t have to be as long as Felix wrote. Here are some class examples to look at. Remember to write it in your own words. Huzzah from Canada, grade 5/6 class from Victoria,
Visit three blogs from other students in our online class and leave one comment on each blog. Again I will be moderating the comment, so make sure it is a quality comment. The list of students to visit is on the sidebar of our student blogger blog.
G’day Kailee, Logan, Angus, Jake, Shakiya, Kirstyn, Ebony, Jack, Mathew, Tom and Cody,
Our first lesson is to find out how the online classroom works.
It is like being in a classroom normally, where you are expected to put up your hand when you have a question or else you can write it in the chat area. In the online classroom, I will often put a timer on so you know how much time you have to complete a certain task.
Here are the icons used in the online classroom.
In this first row, clicking on the drop down arrow at the smiley face gives you more icons including clapping hands. The second icon on this row is clicked if you have to leave the room for some reason, the third icon is putting up your hand if you have a question and want to use the microphone, the fourth icon is if I take a poll in class.
When you are allowed to talk, you need to have your hand up then press the talk button. When you have finished talking press the talk button to turn it off and then turn off the hand as well by clicking it again.
This third row shows what you are allowed to do in the class – microphone, video, chat area, write on whiteboard, share your computer screen, take a web tour. These last two you probably won’t use at all.
These are the icons when using the whiteboard.
Play on the whiteboard for five minutes to find out what you can do with each icon. Which icon allows:
clipart to use on screen – add a cup of coffee or globe or smiley face
writing on the screen – write your name in a colour not black and size 18
draw a thick line in a different colour
take a picture of something on your computer desktop
use a star or pointer on the screen
There are 12 activities to be completed by end of Easter which begins 18th April.
Check the work finished pageeach week to see what else you need to complete. Posts showing you what to do can be found in the Getting Started page in the header.
Be able to login quickly to your own blog and class blog if you have one.
Update your profile including change your password and the display name.
Settings – blog title, tagline, timezone, add teacher as administrator
Plugin – activate compfight plugin and change settings for short side
About me page for your visitors to read – remember no personal information
Left two comments on the main student bloggers blog
Changed your theme
Written at least two posts
Edublogs widgets organized on your sidebar
Make at least 3 comments on other student blogs from this online class
Added your clustrmap, a clock and a pet widget
Create and upload your avatar
Good luck with your blogging and remember the online classroom will be open every Monday from 1.30 until 4.30 so you can also use it at home if you have any questions. You can also email me any time any day of the week.
Leave a comment on this post describing your first experience in the online classroom.
Today I spent time at a school on the North West coast of Tasmania (with a fabulous view), teaching a new group of students how to create their blogs. They looked at the student bloggers blog and the how to get started section.
They learnt to login, change their profile, add the compfight plugin, change themes and write a new post. In the next few minutes they will also add an image from compfight.
After lunch, I headed to another school where five more students will be taking part in the student blogging course. They had blogged last year with their principal so they already knew a bit about blogging. Hopefully they will catch up the activities completed at the first school so both groups are ready for our first formal online classroom on March 17th.
Leave a comment on this post explaining what you have enjoyed most about blogging so far. Remember to address your comment to Sue, be polite, check your spelling and punctuation before submitting the comment.
There are many different comic creation websites on the internet, but we are going to use one that has no registration. This means it doesn’t save your comic. You will need to use the snipping tool to save each frame into a folder on your computer drive.
The website we are using is called Make Belief Comics. First you need some playtime to find out what you can do at this website.
1. Choose how many frames for your comic. You can also choose a background colour but I think all the scenes are just black and white drawings so you could end up with everything blue or green. Test this out during the lesson before actually creating your comic.
2. Check out the background scenes and objects you can use. Use the arrows to move through all your choices. Think about what you can be adding to your scenes in your comic.
3. Look at the different characters available. What types of expressions do they have? What do they look like? How are they dressed? What gestures (hand movements) do they have? Scroll along the line to view your choices.
4. Make sure you look at the other tools available like moving in the scene, making bigger and smaller (scale), bringing item to front or back, flipping, dialogue boxes and prompts for each frame.
OK playtime is over, now to the serious stuff.
What is your comic going to be about?
retelling a story – something that happened at home or school – don’t use real names though
showing your understanding of something – digital etiquette, lifecycles, a book you have read
Many of you have been taking part in the student blogging challenge and have been visiting other student blogs.
What has made you read a post on that blog?
Are there any things in particular, that make you want to stop and read?
Are there any things that put you off reading a post?
Your task this week (as I won’t be having an online lesson) is to visit at least 10 of the student blogs nominated for the Edublog Awards in 2012. Link to them here.
Have a new post open in your dashboard and as you are reading the blogs, take note of what made a post great in your eyes.
Add to your blog post by mentioning three posts in particular that you enjoyed and give reasons why. Make sure you link to that post in your post.
Here is an example:
Today I visited Davo’s blog and a post I really enjoyed was when he visited the whaling station at Albany. I like the way he tells a story in his posts and they always have appropriate pictures which Miss W has taken. It was easy to read because it was written in paragraphs. I did notice though that the name of the ship wasn’t in quotation marks or italics. I would love to visit a whaling station to see the huge skeletons left by the whales.
This post should be at least three paragraphs long – one for each blog post you are writing about. You should have a link to the post in each paragraph. You should be giving your own opinion about the post.