Make sure you check out some of the student About Me pages mentioned in this post. If you want to add to your About Me page, ask me to change it back to draft so you can improve it.
It was also about creating avatars. Most of you have added your user avatar, but you can also add a blog avatar. It can be the same avatar and to upload it, go to your dashboard> settings> blog avatar.
Also have a look at activities 5, 7 and 9 You might be interested in trying one of these.
If you haven’t seen Mrs Yollis’ video about commenting, then spend some time now watching it. It is at the bottom of the commenting post.
Visit Mrs Yollis’ postabout commenting. She also shows some interesting HTML code you could be using in your comments.
You might want to have a go at one of the activities about commenting. They all sound great and one includes how to add to your blogroll and another is adding a widget like a flag counter.
Each week I will add on to this post about the activities you might want to have a go at from the challenge blog.
Remember to ask for help by leaving a comment here, especially if you are doing anything on your blog over the holidays. I will be travelling to Canberra and Hervey Bay for the next two weeks. Enjoy your holidays too.
PS If leaving a comment try to use some HTML code as shown in Mrs Yollis’ post.
I noticed on the weekend, there were lots of odds and ends students needed to finish on the work finished page. Look in header to find this.
So today will be a time for catching up.
I will give links to posts that give you instructions to complete certain things. As you get a couple of things completed, leave me a quality comment on this post. If some things are already marked off on the chart, no need to mention them in your comment. Just the new things you have completed. Here is an example:
Hi Miss W or Sue,
I have signed up for the blogging challenge. Looks like it might be lots of fun. I have also finished my comic about students rights.
In your widgets, drag the class blogs across and in drop down menu, change number from 10 to 30. Save.
Finish your comic post about student’s rights.
Visit three other students in the blogging challenge and leave quality comments on their blogs. Now write a post telling me who you visited and what you left as a comment. Why did you leave a comment on that particular post?
Finished all these?
Write a post of your own choice about something you are really interested in. Assume your readers know nothing about your topic, explain things well and add an image using the compfight button on your post icons.
Miss W has been following a twitter chat all about children’s rights. She found this photostory which you need to watch. Think about which rights you have at home and/or at school. Then think about those children in Syria, Gaza or Afghanistan. What rights do they have? Is there anything you can do to help them?
Your task this week is to create a three frame comic strip about children’s rights. Here is the link to a post I have written about making comic strips. Spend today’s lesson playing with the website and creating your three frames. Use the snipping tool or printscreen button to save each frame as you finish it. Save to your drive at school remembering to give each frame a different name eg johncom1 and johncom2 and johncom3.
Next week we will crop, resize your comic frames and add to a post about children’s rights. So make sure you have those three frames saved ready for next week’s lesson.
My name is Mrs Cole and I am helping the students at my local primary school every Monday until the end of the year. Sometimes I will be helping in this classroom and will post a blog when I can.
I live on a farm that has 114 acres. We have cows that we keep until they are two years old as well as sharing some of our land with the dairy farmer who is our neighbour. He milks the cows and the milk goes to Cadburys.
What do you think Cadburys would make with the milk?
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.