Student blogging challenge

Today Grade 4 students ran a Google Hangout with me, asking questions about registering their blogs and adding the badge to their blog sidebar. Well done girls in 4BC!

Are you and your class interested in

  • connecting with other blogging classes around the world?
  • adding interesting yet educational widgets to your blog?
  • using more web 2.0 tools in your posts?
  • reading what other students around the world are writing about?

Your answer is YES

Then join the October 2017 student blogging challenge.

  • First challenge posted on Sunday 1 October so you won’t be behind.
  • Each week is a different topic with a variety of activities to choose from.
  • Spreadsheet to find other classes and students to connect to by just clicking on a link to their blog.
  • If on holiday one week, miss those activities and come back to them later on.
  • No winner, just a chance to make connections and improve your blogging skills.
  • Add the challenge badge to your blog if you decide to take part.

Click here to register your class blog. If any of your students have their own personal blog, they can register here.

Maybe you would prefer to mentor a group of students. You might be able to connect each of your students to one, with their own blog,  taking part in the challenge.

Taking part in the student  blogging challenge covers many of the ISTE standards for students

2. Digital citizen

6. Creative communicator

7 Global Collaborator

Travelling bloggers

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Matt via Compfight

A great way to use your blog is when you are travelling.

Add some images and write about what you have been seeing and doing.

We have one teacher Mrs Wilson who is using her class blog to connect back with her students in Tasmania. Why not follow her journey in Europe?

You’ll notice Mrs Wilson has a little buddy with her. When I go on big trips overseas, I also take a buddy and he keeps a blog here. Sometimes he also comes on my Australian trips. He has been known to disappear and go travelling around America on his own.

We also have a grade 6 class who has recently been on camp to the capital city of Australia. Check out what they did there and leave a comment or question one one of their posts.

I will also be going on holidays in a week or so for 10 days cruising on the Murray River. I use a blog to show my journeys. You might like to check it out as well.

Thanks teachers

Thank you card – handmade Rainbows style!

Sarah Joy via Compfight

Thank you to those teachers who got in touch with me about starting their students with their own personal blogs. We now have 31 primary school students (mainly grades 4/5) with their own personal blogs. We also have some secondary students using blogs as part of their English programme.

When reading posts and comments on this blog’s sidebar, we also have at least 12 keen posters and commenters contributing well on their class blogs.

To find all these student bloggers and posters in one place, visit our Students as Bloggers Blog.

It would be great if some teachers and parents could visit these students, read a post and leave a comment.

I have also been out and about visiting at schools both in the north and the south of the state. Remember I am available to visit and to run PD with other interested teachers during school or after school.

I will be available throughout term 4 which is a great time for teachers to learn how to blog, get a class blog set up ready to use from the beginning of next year.

I am already booked though on the day after Show Day here in Hobart.

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.

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