# Hour of code practice

I’m getting into practice for Hour of Code in December

Here is my picture with Elsa

At level 9, this was my picture.

Puzzle 12 and it is starting to look like a snowflake.

Wow by puzzle 15, I have added circles.

Puzzle 17, overlapping circles and changing colours.

Nearly finished, I made 8 snowflake branches.

I then created a winter wonderland with this code

drawSnowflake(‘square’);penColour(colour_random());
turnRight(90);
jumpForward(120);
drawSnowflake(‘parallelogram’);penColour(colour_random());
turnRight(90);
jumpForward(150);
drawSnowflake(‘line’);penColour(colour_random());
turnRight(90);
jumpForward(120);
drawSnowflake(‘fractal’);penColour(colour_random());
jumpForward(150);
drawSnowflake(‘flower’);penColour(colour_random());
turnRight(90);
jumpForward(150);
drawSnowflake(‘spiral’);

This is the drawing it made:

Here is a link to the website where you can do lots of coding activities.

Which coding activity did you do?

An easy week this week in the challenge. It is time to visit some Tasmanian class blogs listed on my sidebar here.

I suggest you check out 2/3 Moore, 4 BC and  4/5 Hortle – they also have student blogs attached to their blogs. Look for the heading Class Blogs.

Read a post and leave a quality comment.

Also check if you have been receiving any comments on your posts. Have you been replying to any questions that might be there? Your comments on your own blog will go straight through without a teacher moderating them so make sure they are good enough.

2. Go to your dashboard> comments> all comments  You should now see all the comments left on any post of your blog. If there is a comment you want to leave an answer on then hover and click on reply underneath. Remember to click the big update button when finished that comment. The comment you have written will now be at the top of the list of comments. Using this method is more difficult if you have already left some comments on some posts.

Source for image:  sergio santos via Compfight

Comment: Did you find something interesting on the class blogs that gave you an idea for a post on your own blog?

# Catching up

How have you been going with the challenge activities?

Have you:

1. Created an avatar and uploaded it to your blog as a blog avatar and a user avatar? dashboard>settings>blog avatar – make sure blog avatar widget is in your sidebar first. dashboard>user> your avatar
2. Created your About Me page and post – if the page doesn’t appear along the navigation bar in your theme, you will need to add the pages widget to your sidebar. Some themes have widgets at the bottom others you have to click the three lines near the top of screen.
3. Left some great comments on other student blogs – why not visit some mentioned on the sidebar of my blog here? Perhaps you could write a post telling me who you visited, the comment you left and why you chose that post to comment on.
4. Written some posts including images with attribution
5. Created a jigsaw puzzle to embed on your blog – instructions on my previous post

Complete the five activities above before starting on the next lot of activities in the student blogging challenge. These relate to the topic of school and will be published tomorrow (Sunday) During this week, I will be writing a How to post about using polls and surveys on your blog. This might be helpful for this week’s challenge activities.

Remember to leave me a comment here telling me which activities you have finished so I can mark them off on the work completed spreadsheet.

# Using images and visiting

Week 3 of the student challenge was using images. So today’s activities are:

1. Create a jigsaw puzzle from an image and add it to a post on your blog
2. Visit other children’s blogs to leave comments

### Create a jigsaw – make sure you have saved an image to use on your computer

1. Visit the following website
2. Click on create in top bar
3. Select image that you have saved on your computer that you want to make into a jigsaw
4. Decide how many pieces, what type of pieces and whether they rotate or not
5. Give the jigsaw a name and then click create at the bottom

Now you need the code to embed on your blog

1. Top right corner is Share – choose the option of embed
2. Now to the bottom of the page where it says Game
3. Select the code underneath and copy it
4. Back to your blog and start a new post
5. Top right corner of writing area is Visual or Text – choose Text
6. Paste into the writing area the code you copied earlier
7. Save draft
8. Check by right click preview to see if the puzzle is there
9. If yes then submit for review or publish.
10. Next time you start a new post, you will need to make sure it is in Visual not Text – only use Text when embedding code.

### Visiting other blogs

Check out the jigsaw puzzles and stories that need an ending from the students listed below. Visit 1 from each group and leave a comment. Remember to include the URL of your blog in the comment, so they can come and visit you as well.

Some great stories to finish:

Some jigsaw puzzles to try are found here:

# Back to blogging

Hope you all enjoyed your two week holidays. While you have been swimming or fishing or visiting relatives, the student blogging challenge has been happening.

• Week 1 was creating your comment or blog avatar and writing an About Me page
• Week 2 was to watch a video about commenting and to leave a comment on the challenge post explaining what you learned or what other activities you completed from the challenge.
• An extra activity was to add a visitor widget to your blog.

All these activities are also mentioned in the Work Completed page above the header.

So this weeks work:

1. Make sure you have completed the week 1 and 2 activities,
3. Leave a comment on this post telling me what you have finished and what I need to mark off on the work completed page

Once all this is done, then have a look at Week 3 of the challenge. This is a fun two weeks where you get to do things with images and videos.

Marco Verch via Compfight

As the blogging challenge starts Sunday next week when you are on holidays, you might want to get your blog ready.

1. Have you registered for the challenge?
3. Have you written a great post about yourself and your interests?
4. Have you checked who the other students are who have similar interests to you?

A couple of settings and widgets you need to fix are:

Compfight

Dashboard> settings> compfight – change small setting to 240 on longest side. Save.

Time zone

Dashboard> settings> general> time zone – choose Hobart or Launceston. Save.

Class blogs widget

Dashboard> appearance> widgets> drag across class blogs to your sidebar – if there are more than 10 students with personal blogs attached to your class blog, then you might need to make some changes to number of blogs. You might want to have the blogs alphabetical rather than random. You might want to include blog avatar as well as title of blog.

If you are not joining the challenge, you still need to do the settings and widget mentioned above. You should also be writing posts that are of interest to you.

Poetry, reading, minecraft, dogs, gardening, swimming, astronomy etc

# Catch up and join challenge

Sam via Compfight

October through December, I run a student blogging challenge. There are often over 2000 students from about 20 countries of the world taking part. Each week I write a post with activities for students and classes to choose from. So this week there are two things to do if you want to join the challenge and connect with other children around the world that are your age and have the same interests. If you don’t want to join then go down the post to “Still got time for more work this week” and go on with activities from there.

## I want to join the challenge, Miss W!

First you need to fill in a form to register for the challenge. Here is a link to the post where the form is. Read the information at the top of the post then fill in the form. If you make a mistake with your URL don’t worry as I will be able to change it.

Second, so you can easily get to the challenge activities from your blog, you need to add the badge to your sidebar. To do this, find the big purple challenge badge on my sidebar. Right click on the image and save it to your computer. Now in a new window, open your blog dashboard> appearance> widgets> drag across the widget called “image widget”

When it opens click on select an image>  top left corner click on upload files> now click on select files> find the image where you saved it on your computer and click on it and open it. Your screen will now look something like this:

• Change the title to Connecting globally or I’m taking part in:
• Click on the big blue button at the bottom
• Now your screen will be back to your widget area and you only have two more things to do.
• There is a box called Link – put in the following URL    http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org
• Stay in window use dropdown arrow and make Open in new window
• Align  use dropdown arrow to make centre
• Finally click the Save button

Still got time for more this week:

• Check on the work completed
• Have you written an interesting post of your own choice?
• Have you finished work from last few weeks?
• Are you visiting the other student bloggers and posters on my sidebar?
• Are you leaving me a comment each couple of weeks telling me which work you have completed so I know what to mark off?

# Catch up week

heights.18145 via Compfight

Have you completed the following things from the last three weeks?

1. Written a post about yourself remembering to be internet safe
2. Written a post about your favourite animal and included an image from compfight – some posts I have changed from pending to draft because you hadn’t included an image yet
4. Suggest you create these categories – blogging tips, favourites, school work, passions – go to your dashboard> posts> categories
6. Watched the commenting video
7. Written your visiting blogs post including copy of the comments you left
8. Commented on three student blogs and one post written by a student poster
9. Visited Jena and Thanumi’s blogs to see their posts about commenting – see last week’s post

If you have finished this work, you are doing well. What could you go on with?

• Visit some other students blogs and leave great comments
• Has anyone left a comment on your blog yet? You might need to reply to them.

Leave me a comment on this post telling me what you have finished in the list of 9 activities.

Next week we will start to get ready for the student blogging challenge.

# Start commenting

## Previous work:

Have you finished last week’s work about adding an image? Have you left a comment on my post? I asked:

What was the hardest part about adding an image to your blog post? Why do you think it is important to add an image of some sort?

## This week’s work

What makes a great comment?

Here is a video made by a group of grade 3 students in Mrs Yollis’s class in California, USA. There is a link to her special photograph blog on the sidebar under global classes.

Now you have finished watching the video, I want you to visit at least three student blogs on the sidebar and also one of the student posters blogs. But you will need to be prepared first.

1. Start a new post on your own personal blog
2. The title will be something like Visiting blogs or Leaving comments
3. Write three or four lines about what makes a great comment – get ideas from the video – save your draft
4. Visit one blog and leave a fantastic comment – copy your comment and paste it in your post you have started writing – mention whose blog you left the comment on – save draft
5. Now visit two more student blogs and do the same – comment – copy comment, paste in post – mention blog again, save draft again
6. Visit a student poster
7. Find a great post you would like to comment on
8. Leave a comment – copy comment and paste in post mentioning blog and post you commented on – save draft

You should now have a great post about commenting.

Here are some examples of posts written by other students learning about commenting

Jena – leaving comments and writing a post

You have two weeks to get this post done. If you finish early then check the Work Completed to see what else you can do.

drzoidbergh via Compfight

Students in Mr Samphier’s class already know how to use the compfight plugin so this will be a refresher for you. But students in 4BC, you will need to do the following:

1. Go to dashboard of your personal blog
2. Look down the left for settings> hover over it and click on compfight (should be at the bottom)
3. This will open a new window . Make sure you change the small size image to 240 on longest side
4. Finally go to bottom of page to Save settings blue button again

• Describe it
• Where does it live?
• What does it eat?
• Why is it your favourite?

Now you have written the post in your own words (and saved the draft) it is time to add the image. Read the 7 instructions before doing it

1. Click your mouse cursor (black line) in front of the first word of your post. Press enter once.
2. Now put cursor in the empty space above the post you have written. This is where your image will appear.
3. Above the post area icons are two little buttons – add media and compfight
4. Click on the compfight button
5. In the keyword area type in the animal you have written your post about eg elephant or gorilla or crocodile or ….
6. Click the search button
7. A lot of images will appear. When you have decided the image you want in your post, click on the S underneath the image.

Your image will now appear on your blog post with a few symbols and words after it. These symbols and words are the ATTRIBUTION for the image – it tells who owns the image and where you got the image from.

1. Very carefully put the cursor immediately after your image and before the symbols. Click the cursor in place.
2. Make sure the image doesn’t have little squares in the corner. You just have a long cursor line on the right hand edge of the image before the words.
3. Now hit enter again so the symbols and words are on a new line.
4. Highlight the image and symbols/words then decide if you want them to appear on the left, centre or right. Click the icon you need.
6. Preview your post (next to save draft button) – this will now show you what the post will look like on your actual blog.

So your readers can easily find posts you have written, you need to learn how to add categories and tags. These are found on the right side of your post area.

Categories – you might want to include schoolwork, favourites, 17SBC, family and whatever your passions might be eg stamps, flowers, bushwalking, minecraft etc

To add a category, click on Add new category> in the box which appears write in your category then press the add new category button. Notice the category will now be in a list with a tick in the box in front. If uncategorized is also ticked, click in the little box to untick it. So for this week’s task, you might have the category animals or favourites or you could have both of them as categories.

Tags – these are like the keywords you search with – science might be the category and the tags could be magnets, magnetism, microscope, energy, power and so on. This week’s task means your category could be animals or favourites but the tag will be crocodile or gorilla or elephant etc.

To add a tag, write your tag in the box and click the Add button. You can add as many tags as you want that relate to the post you have written but tags are generally single words not phrases.

Now it is time to send your post in for reviewing by your teacher – the big blue button on the right side.

## Congratulations!

You know how to add a creative commons image to your blog post and how to add the attribution as well. This will be marked as one of your own blog posts on the work completed spreadsheet. Leaving a fantastic comment – correctly spelled and punctuated, including capitals and paragraph if needed – will mean this is also marked off on your work completed under comments.