Students blogging

Now it is term 3, it might be time to begin blogging with your more talented students.

Do you have a student with a passion for horses, LEGO, Minecraft, netball, astronomy, reading etc?

If the answer is YES, then maybe they could have their own blog to share their knowledge with other class members as well as the rest of the world.

Students who have their own blog need to be keen and eager to connect with others as well as write about their passion. Here is an  example of a student showcasing their voice.

Penelope began in mid 2015 when in grade 2 and worked on her blog for about a year.

What did Penelope learn about being a good digital citizen when using her blog?

  • how to use creative commons image
  • how to add images and videos to her blog
  • taking part in a global blogging challenge
  • replying to comments from her viewers
  • writing posts relating to information in comments
  • using a variety of tools on her posts
  • how to add widgets using embed code (some of these are no longer working as they are not secure sites)
  • how to write great posts in paragraphs including images or videos
  • using her voice to express her opinion

If you have some students who might be keen to start their own blog, please get in contact with me (check the email contact on the sidebar).

I will need to know student name,  student email, grade student is in, school, teacher name and if teacher wants a class blog.

I will be running  afternoon sessions for those students who might need help. You will find this blog helpful and the classroom link will be found on the sidebar there from the beginning of August.

 

Lost some widgets

The department has recently added an SSL certificate to our blog domain and this now makes the blogs more secure. You will notice they now start with https:// instead of http://

But this means some of the widgets you have added to sidebars such as class pets from bunnyherolabs, vokis and feedjit live stream might not be showing properly.

I have been testing a way around this using Julie Moore’s blog and the only widget not working now is feedjit. I have contacted the website and will wait for an answer about how to fix it.

If you have a class pet or voki, the easiest way to fix is go to

dashboard>appearance> widgets> find the one with the code for that widget and wherever http:// occurs in the code, add the s to make it https://

This is occurring because of using the flash player to show the pet and voki on your blog.