Creating a poll

So you want to ask your readers to vote on something like favourite music or favourite animal. I have been looking for a great web 2.0 tool you can use easily and embed in your blog.

Here is my poll about blogging.

What do you enjoy most about blogging?

What do you enjoy most about blogging?
pollcode.com free polls

How to create a poll

Step 1. Here is the website to visit.

Step 2. Make sure you make all your changes on the left hand side before hitting the big blue button. You can see on the right hand side what your poll will look like as you make the changes.

Step 3. Once you hit the blue button, you will then have a choice of tower or drop down embed code. Choose tower and copy the code.

Step 4. Return to your blog post which you have already written (including tags and categories). In the top right corner, change from visual to text or HTML and paste in your code.

Step 5. Hit the submit button immediately then close your post page. DO NOT change back to visual. Do that next time you open a new post.

STOP PRESS     STOP PRESS     STOP PRESS

I noticed that the poll looks different from the edit post area and what actually appears in your post. I will have to work out how to change this.

Adding widgets

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:

  1. Open student blogger’s blog and right click open in a new tab on Miss W’s clock in the sidebar.
  2. This takes you to this website. In the top header, hover over free fun and click on  make a clock for your site.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

embed code      HTML     publish     share    application,xml,code,html

Try now to create one of these widgets:

Here is a video about how to create a Voki, start at about 1.00 minute.

Visit other student blogs to see what widgets they might have like a flag counter, bookshelf, brainpop riddle, wonderopolis question.

Can you find any other great widgets to add to your blog sidebar?

Write a post about widgets.

Creating with Animoto

Today we are going to make a practice animoto.

You will need at least 4 photos which you have saved on your computer.

Now check out this video and page of information from Animoto website.

You should have received an email with your email/password for animoto. Check your school email.

Login at this link.

  1. Choose a style for the video
  2. Upload your images/photos
  3. Add text
  4. Rearrange to order you want
  5. Change your music
  6. Check the settings to personalize your slideshow
  7. Preview and produce – I will get an email when it is ready to be embedded on your blog

We will do that next week after you have created your own animoto

  • about your holidays
  • your favourite things
  • your family

What other things could you create an animoto about?

Sue's Video

 

 

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.

 

Links, pet and comments

If you didn’t get into our online classroom this week, then here is the new link to join us. The blackboard collaborate link is now on a server in Australia, rather than in Europe so the URL will have an au at the beginning rather than eu.

Each week, check the “Work completed” page in the header of this blog. You can see what you need to do by the end of this term. As you complete the work for the work completed page, you could tell me while in the online classroom lessons on Fridays or you could leave me a comment on this post or the work completed page.

This week’s work

  1. Add the new link to our classroom onto your sidebar links area. Read this post if you have forgotten how to add a link to your sidebar. Steps 4/5 are the important ones to read. Add it under the Get Help area. Seth – also add link to Mr Samphier’s students Zac – add links to Mrs Moore, Mrs Coe, Mr Fenn’s students as well.
  2. Luka – go to next activity. Seth – finish football on the oval draft. Zac – finish ANZAC Day march. Boys – to get to your draft, dashboard> posts> all posts, then hover under your draft and click on edit. This will open into your post area for you to finish the post. Remember to explain things well and take note of anything I have written in red. Delete my red writing before submitting.
  3. Luka and Zac – go to next activity. Seth – you need to change your blog theme to something that is mobile friendly – dashboard>appearance> themes, choose mobile friendly category then choose theme.
  4. Create a pet for your blog sidebar. Here are the instructions.
  5. Visit some student blogs listed on the sidebar and leave some comments.
  6. Write another post maybe explaining why you chose that pet, or explain the comments you left on other student blogs.

Notice you all need to complete an “About Me” page. To do this copy what you wrote in the about me post and paste it into a page instead. Refresh your own blog once I have published it and it should appear near sample page in your sidebar.  If you can’t see sample page on your blog anywhere, then go to widgets and drag across the pages one.

How to … add a cyber pet to your sidebar

Here is a post with step by step instructions for adding a cyber pet as a widget on your blog sidebar.

1. Go to this website

2. Choose the pet you want by clicking on it.

3. Now customize your pet by changing colour, adding a name for the pet and putting in your name as the adopter.  You should be seeing on the left of the page what your changes will make your pet look like. It wont accept Capital Letters for names though.

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4. Now choose other sites and click on copy code button.

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5. Now the last step is to copy the code into your blog widget area. Go to your blog dashboard> appearance> widgets

Drag a text box to the sidebar where you want the pet to appear. Put in a title if you want and paste in the code that is on your clipboard – use control V.

Save and then close. Go to your blog, refresh the blog and you should now have your pet in the sidebar.

 

What other widgets would you like on your blog?

 

All about commenting

Have you seen this great video by the grade 3 students in Mrs Yollis’  class in California? If not, watch it before doing the rest of the activities.

Today you are going to go out and leave great quality comments on each others blogs. But first check out this fantastic post by Jennifer, who wrote about some comments she left.

  • Why are her comments quality comments?
  • What has she included at the end of each comment? Why?

Now it is your turn.

1.  Visit each others blogs and leave comments on at least three of them.

Luka, Seth, Zachariah – all from this online classroom – check the sidebar for the links

Jason, Monique, Sarah, Travis, Chelsea, Shaun – from Mr Samphier’s class which is linked on the sidebar of this blog

2.  Now write a post showing the comments you left.

Make sure you include a link to the actual post where you left the comment.

3. Leave a comment on this post about commenting.

  • Do you enjoy it?
  • Was it easy to find 3 posts to comment on?

Each of you now can moderate your own comments left on your blog. If there is a number in the comment icon in the black bar at the top of your blog, then you know someone has left a comment.

 

How to … add links to sidebar

You have started visiting other students and classes and there are some you want to go back and visit often. Or you have some teachers leaving comments on your blog  and you want to visit their class blog easily. You want to get to our online classroom  or student bloggers blog quickly.

How do you do that?

Answer: You add a link from their blog to your blogroll on your sidebar.

Step 1. Decide on some categories for your links eg Get Help, Global Classes, Global Students, Tasmanian Classes, Favourite Websites

Step 2. Dashboard> links> link categories Fill in the name, click the add link category button and make sure it appears on the list on the right hand side. Repeat this for each category.

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Step 3. Now to add your actual links to the blogs.  We are going to add the link to our online classroom first. We will put it under the category Get Help.

Step 4. Go to student bloggers blog, down the sidebar to find the link for the online classroom. Right click on link then copy link location or copy shortcut if using Internet Explorer.

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Step 5. Dashboard> links> add new

(1)Type in the name, (2)paste in the web address, (3)choose category to add it into then (4)click big blue add link button.

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Step 6. Adding other links is very similar. Go to your class blog. Copy the URL from up in the address bar. Come back to your blog and follow step 5 again.

Step 7. Some themes don’t allow you to group your links into categories. Instead they are just listed in alphabetical order.

Step 8. Refresh your personal blog. Have the links shown up in the sidebar? If they haven’t, dashboard>appearance> widgets and drag across links.

Make sure you have added at least five new links to your blog : online classroom, students as bloggers blog and three others. Have at least one in each link category.

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.