Blogging next year

Is your blog attached to a class blog?

Will you be having the same teacher next year so they can help look after your blog?

If you move on to a teacher who is not blogging, but you want to continue using your blog, then leave me a comment on this post and I will move you across to my students as bloggers blog. That way I can be moderating your posts and comments.

I hope you have enjoyed blogging this year.

We have had students blogging from the following schools:

  • Goulburn Street Primary
  • Riverside Primary
  • Sorell Primary
  • Deloraine Primary
  • Mount Nelson Primary
  • Rose Bay High
  • Hobart College
  • Elizabeth College
  • Ed Zone Online
  • eLearning Smartbots

I wonder how many will continue next year and how many new ones we might add to the list?

Readers: What did you enjoy most about blogging this year?

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


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?

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
  • Stay in window use dropdown arrow and make Open in new window
  • Align  use dropdown arrow to make centre
  • Finally click the Save button

When you next open your blog, your badge should be there ready to click on for the activities starting on 1st October.

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?

More new students



Creative Commons License Bill Smith via Compfight

We now have two groups of students working with their own blogs and another class where students are writing lots of posts on their class blog. You will see on the sidebar of this blog the list of students who have their own blog and another list of student posters. Please make sure you visit each other and leave fantastic comments.

Students with their own blogs

On Sundays I will post on this blog a suggestion of what you could be doing that coming week.

Monday afternoons at 2pm I will be available for a Google Hangout with students who want extra help or have a question about how to do something on their blog. If this time doesn’t suit Mr Samphier’s students, please get back to me.

Fridays I will be checking blogs and marking off what you have finished on the Work Completed section above the header.

Student posters on class blogs

You are also invited to join the Google hangout if you have a question or need some help. If this time doesn’t suit Mrs Hortle, we can organize another time.


Welcome new student bloggers

Welcome to the students blogging with Mr Samphier. I spent some time with you this week and I was very impressed with the amount of learning you covered in about a four hour period.

You will notice below the header area in this blog, there is a page called “Work completed“. This is where I will be keeping a record of the blogging you do over the rest of the year. Students who have completed all the work will receive a gold certificate at the end of the year and the students who have completed most activities will still receive a certificate.

If you are unsure about the work to do, leave a comment on the work completed page. I will either leave an answer there for you or I will direct you to a post which explains things.

Hope you enjoy blogging this year and remember

  • You can blog on any computer, anywhere in the world
  • You just need to know the URL of your blog and how to login
  • Remember to log off your blog though, if other people use that computer

Welcome to a new year of student blogging

It is great to see many teachers now having students with their own personal blogs.

Make sure you visit these blogs which include new student bloggers on the sidebar:

Grade 1/2 Mrs Moore

Grade 2/3 Miss Johnstone

Grade 3/4 Mrs Coe and Mrs McKibben

Grade 8 Ms Ferencz

Grade 9 Mrs Smith

Grade 10 Mr Waddilove

As more teachers get their students blogging on their own, I will add them to this list.



Creating slideshows

After the holidays we will be learning how to create a slideshow and how to embed it on your blog.

So your homework over the next three weeks is to take at least 12 photos and have them at school on our first lesson back. Make sure you have saved them to your drive at school or on a thumb drive that you have brought to school from home.

Her are some examples of slideshows I have put together:

Using Animoto: You add the images, choose your music, choose the theme and then it will create it for you. You copy the embed code and put into your blog.

On a trip overseas, I visited a zoo and took lots of photos of animals.


Still using animoto, but this was a display of avatars created.

Finally still using animoto, this was a maths/art display by students in one of my classes when I was teaching.


What can I write about?

G’day class,

There are some weeks when I wont be able to run the online classroom. I have family commitments on some Fridays now that my mother has gone deaf and can’t drive the car.

I will always try to write a post giving you some ideas of what to do for that week.

But remember your blog is yours, so if you have something interesting to add to your blog, then do that rather than what I suggest.

So for this week, your topics could be:

  • ANZAC Day and what it means to you
  • What you did in the Easter holidays …
  • Your goals in blogging for term 2

Blogging goals would be great to read because that way I would know what you want to be able to do on your blog and I could teach that in one of the online lessons.

Next Thursday I will be in Devonport with a group of students starting to blog and will be returning to Hobart on the Friday, so hope I will get home in time for the lesson.

As well as writing posts, you could be checking your comments to see if you have to reply to someone. You could also be visiting other blogs and writing comments on those posts that interest you. I will add some other student blogs to the links on the sidebar over the next week.

Let’s start blogging!

Are you ready to start your blogging journey?

This blog contains the basic skills needed for students learning to blog.

They may have done some work with other teachers, but this is all about setting up their own blog, step by step.

The best way to use this blog is to click on the “Getting Started” page in the header. The posts will be linked there in order of completion.

Once you have completed all the activities in this page, you might want to improve your blog by adding other widgets, using images, adding videos etc.

To find out about these choose the “How to …“page in the header.

You can also use the tags and recent posts in the sidebar of the blog.

Friday afternoons from 1pm – 4.30pm I have the online classroom open, for students and teachers to come in and ask questions or get help with their blog. A link to this classroom is found on the sidebar.If using an ipad for the classroom you will need to download the Collaborate app first.

To have your own personal blog, you need to do the following:

  • Make sure your teacher or parent sends me an email saying they are willing to be an administrator of your blog as well as yourself.
  • I will create the blog once I get the email from teacher/parent. My email address is a widget on the sidebar.