Edublogs Blogging Challenge: Week 2 Highlights

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Each week during the 10 week long Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge, Sue Wyatt (also known as Miss W) will be posting the Challenge guidelines for that week. I will, in turn, do a post to ‘highlight’ what’s happening in the Challenge including what’s been happening at SIS regarding the Challenge. This week’s challenge (It’s a Small World) is centered around the connections we make with others around the world 

Individual Student Participants REMINDERS

Student List
PLEASE check the student list. Is your name on there more than once? If, yes then leave a comment on Miss W’s Week 2 post. She will need your name, URL, country and age to make it easier for her to find you on the list.

Sharing Challenge Activity
Do you think you did quality work on a Challenge activity? Leave a comment including the URL of your blog post in the comments of Miss W’s related post on the Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge blog.  In April, Miss W will start a new Flipboard magazine and adding the great posts from both students and classes.

Can you answer these questions?

How do you know if someone has left a comment on your blog?
(all comments are moderated; check Dashboard and/or email notification)
How do you know if someone replies to a comment you left on someone else’s blog? (email notification)

Now let’s get to the challenge…

This week’s challenge is to tell the world about the area you live in – your town, your state or province, your country in general. But hopefully you will also be having international visitors coming to your blog, so you need some way of knowing where they are coming from. There will be many options of what to do this week ranging from adding widgets, creating avatars, writing posts, leaving comments by visiting international blogs.

Geckos: There are many options for the Week 2 Challenge. I recommended you choose at least one option from each section:
>Blog Appearance: 
Activities 1 and 2  (Widgets and Avatars)
Activities 3 through 5 (related to your country – this could be China or your home country)

Other suggestions:
*Activity 6 is a prompt for a creative writing opportunity
**Visit other student and class blogs and read the About Me pages. Leave quality comments.
***Check out these maths challenges from
Ms Hutchison’s class.

Remember, go back to Miss W’s Week 2 post and leave a comment when you have written your post or embedded your quiz. Include the URL of the actual post not just your blog in general.


Activity 1 Adding widgets

• To tell people about your area – check out the widgetbox for weather, news and clocks

• Tracking your visitors – Sue Waters from Edublogs has included in the user guide lots of widgets to add.

• Translate your page in case readers do not speak your language.

**If the widget is too wide, you will have to adjust the number next to ‘width’ in the embed code. (This might appear more than once in the code.)**

Activity 2 Avatar

So that you are known globally, you need to have an avatar that represents you.

Here is a post with links to lots of different avatar sites for you to create an image that looks like you and here is a post for Edublogs or wordpress explaining how to upload your avatar.


Activity 3 Global Events

Being such a small world now, many classes take part in global events such as Earth Hour (coming up very soon, so register this week), Safer Internet Day (back in February), Global Read Aloud Day (ideas for books needed), Pi Day (just passed) and Clean Up Day (just passed in Australia).

**Write a post or posts about special global events you or your class have taken part in. What did you learn from the event? Why should it be global?

Activity 4 Must See Places

If I were to visit your state or province, what would be the ‘must see’ places and why?

Activity 5 Quiz

Create a quiz about your state, country: Check out this quiz Ms. Beabout created about Colorado (USA) using MyQuizCreator.
(**Ms. Beabout’s quiz is embedded in a Page as an example. If you create a quiz for your blog, embed it in a Post)

*Activity 6 Creative Writing

Finally, just for fun, if you have completed one of the other activities perhaps you could try this activity.
When “daddysitting” my father who is just out of hospital, I asked him to give me an activity relating to the topic for this week. He said what about a story about the journey of a small animal like an ant. Remember be creative, use a different webtool and embed into your blogpost.

Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Dimitris Papazimouris via Compfight

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