Week 10 – Almost done

From Sue

This is our last post for the Student Blogging Challenge until we start again in September/October 2016. I hope you have enjoyed the activities and the chance to make connections with other students and classes around the world.

We have had a great 10 weeks of blogging. You have learnt so many skills to help you improve your blogs. Many of you have improved those writing skills or maybe digital skills with using a variety of tools to embed on your blog. But it is now time to evaluate your progress as well as the progress of the blogging challenge itself.

This week there are two things to do:

  1. Evaluate your own blog
  2. Evaluate the actual blogging challenge

1. This is an audit of your blog since the beginning of March 2016.

  • How many posts did you write?
  • How many were school based, your own interests or set by the challenge?
  • How many comments did you receive from classmates, teachers or overseas students?
  • Which post received the most comments? Why do you think that happened?
  • Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why?
  • Did you change blog themes at all and why?
  • How many widgets do you have? Do you think this is too many or not enough?
  • How many overseas students do you have on your blogroll?
  • Which web tools did you use to show creativity on your blog?

Now ask another student and teacher/parent from your school who might not have read your blog to do an audit.

Sit beside them while they navigate around your blog, record what you observe as they interact with your blog. When finished, ask them the following questions:

  1. What were your first impressions of this blog?
  2. What captured your attention?
  3. What distracted you on the blog?
  4. What suggestions can you give me to improve my blog?

Write a post about your blog audit.

2. Evaluating the challenge.

This is the sixteenth challenge and sometimes I feel like the activities are getting stale especially for those students who have taken part in more than one set of challenges. So over the next few weeks I will be adding new pages that you all can contribute to. Every month of the year, there are special events, festivals, birthdays of authors etc. Which ones do you think it would be interesting to write about? Find the post ideas page for that month and add your ideas in the comments. (These are found above the header area)

I usually have a form to fill in here but this time I would like you to leave a quality comment giving your opinion of the challenge. You might want to mention some of the following things:

  • the most interesting challenge for you
  • how often you visited other blogs and left comments
  • whether you read the challenge flipboard magazine
  • a PMI or plus/minus/interesting point about the challenge
  • the most important thing you learnt while doing the challenge

Thanks again for taking part in this challenge. Hopefully you will take part again in October this year. If you have taken part in at least two sets of challenges, you can also become a mentor, so watch out for the mentor post in September.

Week 3 – Catch up – be creative

Week 3: Free Choice

Because we had two posts last week and I know many students from the northern hemisphere  are on Spring Break around this time, I have decided that this week will be free choice.

You might want to:

  • catch up on the posts from the last couple of weeks – about me, avatar, commenting, guidelines, visiting and commenting, earth hour
  • comment on other student or class blogs
  • write your own post about something of your choice – use #16stubc somewhere in the post so I know it relates to the challenge

 

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Students

We are coming up to nearly a month of the challenge and as I mentioned in one of the earlier posts, some students will be taken off the student list over Easter (next weekend) if they have not completed certain activities.

Why do I do this?

We have over 2500 students registered for the challenge but less than half of them get to have a mentor. So if students are not doing the challenge activities I feel they don’t deserve to have a mentor.

Which students will be taken off?

Students who already have mentors need to have completed the following to be left on the list:

  1. An about me page or post
  2. One other post related to the challenge
  3. Settings on their blog must allow comments to be left by anyone
  4. The URL of their blog must be correct on the list

Who am I ?

The first challenge included a suggestion to write an Alphabet paragraph as an About Me page. Who do you think wrote this ? Someone in your school !

I am athletic and beautiful! I do not like cats but I do like dogs. One of my favourite foods to eat is fish and chips. I like gymnastics. One of my hobbies is eating ice-cream and when I get excited I jump up and down. I am kind and like maths.  I am neat and optimistic. I like to paint. I am quiet sometimes but I can also be really loud and super crazy. I once tried to undertake surfing and now I find it very fun and I love the waves. I have never tried playing the xylophone but I wish I could. My third favourite colour is yellow and my third favourite animal is a zebra.

If you work it out , leave a comment on the post and maybe write one of your own on your blog!

Also, have a look at the comments the author has already received ! A teacher in NZ is using it as an example for her students!

Extra tasks

When we are part of the challenge, it makes it easy and more fun to add a few things to your blog:

  1. A flag widget
    https://www.flagcounter.com
  2. or
    A Live traffic feed 
    http://feedjit.com/
  3. A widget with links to all the other class member blogs
    There is a special widget for that ! Add widget – CLASS BLOGS (make sure you increase the number of blogs to 56)
  4. Also, please remember to include mention of the task you are completing eg Challenge task Week 1
  5. Add the Challenge badge to your blog .  See instructions here 

 

 

SBC – Week 1 2016

Here we go again…. each week I will summarise the tasks Sue sets here.  The full version is on the Challenge site.  Some of you have done some of these tasks before, so either pick another task or revise your previous post eg update your About me page etc, explore another avatar site and write a post reviewing it.

Week 1 – I am ……

avatarbigWhen online, you are usually represented by an avatar – these are used in gaming as well as on blogs. An avatar is supposed to represent the real you. Check out mine – I am a white haired lady with reading glasses. I usually have a cup of coffee in my hand and I always wear thongs on my feet – yes that’s where we wear them in Australia.

Activity 1. Create an avatar to use on your blog when leaving comments. Here is a post including some avatar sites . To add your avatar to your blog, if using Edublogs, check here.

Did you find a great avatar site not mentioned here? Write a post about your avatar and how it represents you. Include a link to the website where you created the avatar.

Some students have mentioned the following as great avatar sites as well: Avachara,Chibimaker and Pocoyo

Activity 2. On your blog you also need a page or post telling us about yourself. Again you could use a variety of tools to embed on your blog. If you already have an About Me page, you might want to create an About my State or Province page as well. Be creative:

If using Edublogs, below are instructions for creating your page.

IMPORTANT :  please leave a comment on this post, with a link to your blog  when you have completed the task