Yes, that’s me

Yes, that’s me
Look and you’ll see
My hair is brown
My eyes are blue
My arms are white
My hands small
My heart is kind
I’m nice
I never want to be asleep
My friends are Alexis and Makaio
I live in
I hope that I will
I dream of me and Alexis to be cool
It’s all clear as can be.
That’s positively, absolutely me

Yes, that’s me

Yes, that’s me
Look and you’ll see
My hair is brown
My eyes are brown
My arms are tan
My heart is kind
I’m a kid
I never want to wake up
My friends are Kararaina and Raiden
I live in Turangi
I hope I’m rich
I dream of Nanny Emma
It’s all clear as can be.
That’s positively, absolutely me

Yes that’s me

Yes thats me
Look and you’ll see
My hair is like my baby’s hair
My eyes are green
My arms are brown
My heart is happy
I’m clever like my friends
I never mess my room up
My friends are Annie and Summer
I live at Motuapa
I hope I am a princess
I dream I am a princess
It’s all clear as can be.
That’s positively, absolutely me

About our place!

This is a short video created to show you a little bit about our town.  These mosaic tiles are created by various artist.  Sadly, the mosaic tiles are damaged.  I took photographs of the tiles and used cartoonizer to give them new life animoto_360p click on the link to view the video.

All about our place!

Artist: Will add this as soon as I know…

Week 2: About our place

Last week, you introduced yourself to your readers.

This week we look at telling them about the place you live in

• such as your school,

• your town,

• your state or province

 You also get a chance to add widgets and to create an avatar for your blog.

When you leave comments this is called your user avatar in Edublogs.

 

Blogging

Create your avatar – Done

 

Students – lots of choice this week

1. Visit other student and class blogs – check out what widgets they have on their blog.

 Do some of the widgets detract from the blog?

I added widgets but I would have to say that the widgets make my class blog look untidy. I removed them.

 Do some of the widgets overlap into the writing area? Yes

 Are some widgets too noisy? Yes

Widgets and blog layouts are a personal choice. For me personally I prefer a clear and easy blog to read. I tend to click out of cluttery blogs.

 Are there too many widgets on some blogs?

Like I said it is a personal thing about how you want your blog to look.

 

Write a post about the extra widgets you have added to your blog and why you chose them.

I added some widgets then decided they made my class blog look busy and untidy so I removed them.

 

Remember to add a link back to where you can sign up for that widget. Did you check the minimum age for having that widget on your blog?

No

 

2. Widgets – add some to your blog

1. About your place: This could include weather, time, history

2. About your visitors: could be a clustrmap, feedjit, flag counter: Too cluttered

3. To help your visitors with translating your blog to their language

4. When adding widgets to your sidebar:

 

1. Go to your dashboard> appearance> widgets.

2. Drag a text box to your sidebar.

3. Copy and paste the embed code into the text box.

4. Save then close.

5. 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.

 

If your blog is an Edublogs free blog, you might not be able to put all the widgets in your sidebar. Instead put them in a post, but remember to change your post tab in your dashboard to HTML instead of visual when you are pasting in the embed code.

 

If using another platform rather than Edublogs, then check out the “Get Help” section in the sidebar of this blog.

3. Avatars Done last year

1. Write a post describing your avatar. How much does it look like you? What sort of personality does your avatar have? What makes it typically you? Remember to include your avatar as an image in your post.

2. Create more than one avatar that represents you. Put them together in a slideshow of some sort – what Web2.0 tool could you use to do this? Perhaps animoto or an app on your phone.

3. Create your family in avatars and include them in a post. How does that avatar represent your family member?

 

4. Your place

 Write a post about tourist attractions in your state. Try to include at least five places that Miss W , Davo the Tasmanian Devil or Squirrel would like to visit.

 Write a post,

create a glogster,

make an audioboo tape,

create a Storybird or

add a Voki telling your readers about the festivals held in your town throughout the year.

Which festivals do you enjoy the most and why?

Remember to include the date of the festival in case your reader might want to visit.

If under 13, check with your teacher or parent if you want to use a web 2.0 tool rather than writing a post in your blog.

 Visit at least five other blogs from students or classes around the world andask some questions about their town, school, country in your comments. We have participants from 24 countries taking part in the challenge.

 Create a game or quiz about your town, state or country. A few places to do this include: Quiz Revolution, Class Tools, Remember to check with your teacher or parent before using these web 2.0 tools. Sometimes your teacher or parent will create an account that is moderated by them and is therefore safe for students to use. Do you know any other places to create games and quizzes?

Teachers

Widgets

1. Which widgets do your students consider should be on every class blog? Why? Write a post about your class widgets.

2. Create a poll asking visitors to your blog to vote for their favourite widget on your blog? Why do you think that widget was so popular?

Avatars

1. Display your student avatars in a slideshow such as Animoto. Did you allow students choice of website to create their avatars?

2. Where else could you display your avatars? Perhaps in your header like the 26 Bay Bloggers have.

Your place

1. Create a slideshow about your school and embed on your blog. Check out examples from Miss T and Mr Lamb. Maybe you could use a Prezi as suggested by Justin from Penbank.

2. Write a post with questions you would like your visitors to answer in a comment. Try to find out some interesting information about where they live.

3. Create a quiz about your state/province/country. Embed in your blog and see how well your visitors or locals know your area.

Commenting

Create a class poster or video about your commenting guidelines

Commenting is one part of our digital footprint, so it is important students know how to comment in an appropriate way.

 Check out this video by Mrs Yollis and her students.

 Check out this page by Ms Edwards.

 Check out this pdf by Kathleen Morris.

 Check out this glog by Mrs Allen.

It is also important that you don’t just copy and paste the guidelines from someone else. Discuss with your students, show examples, then come up with your commenting guidelines. We must teach the students not to plagiarise by setting the example ourselves as teachers.

Involve parents and other family members in leaving comments on your class blog

 How many parents are involved in your class blog?

 Do they check it out regularly or is the blog just something you and the students do at school?

 How could you involve parents more in the blogging process?

 

http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/2012/03/11/week-2-about-my-place/