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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.

  1. Add your category –  blogging tips
  2. Add your tags –  comments, visiting

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

Jena – leaving comments and writing a post

Thanumi – how to leave a comment and commenting guidelines video she created

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.

 

Let’s add an image

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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

You are now ready to start adding creative commons images to your blog posts.

This week’s task

To practice adding an image to your blog post, I would like you to write a post about your favourite animal.

  • 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.
  5. Save your draft again.
  6. Preview your post (next to save draft button) – this will now show you what the post will look like on your actual blog.

Adding categories and tags

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.

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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?