Tuesday, December 10, 2013



Congratulations to 8th grader, Lexi Ramariz, and 7th graders, Gillian Robertson and Breana Poirer.  These three girls from Mrs. Neidlinger's classes, have been nominated for the 2013 International Edublog Awards.  You can vote one time each day from your phone or home computer now through December 18.  Do not use school computer, unless your school does not run all traffic from same IP address.  You can actually vote once from school if that's the case.  PLEASE VOTE every day!!

Please support the efforts of these girls and vote.  The links can be found below.  They need our votes- so please visit the voting site daily and cast your vote.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

How Would You Make a Difference?

How Would You Make a Difference?

*  Question:  If you had one jelly bean for each day the average American will live, how many jelly beans would you have?


*  After watching the following video, answer the two questions below in the comment tab:

1.  If you had one day to truly make a difference in this world, what would you do and why?

2.  Would your idea require time, money, or both?  Explain how time and/or money would be needed.  What's your plan?

November 2013


Read their posts...................


*  I know you can believe in yourself!

*  Just keep practicing!

*  You will get the hang of it- I know it!


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Richie Incognito Deflects Blame

Updated: November 10, 2013, 8:15 PM ET
By James Walker | ESPN.com
Richie Incognito spoke in-depth for the first time since his indefinite suspension, describing the Miami Dolphins' locker-room environment as a place where threats and racial slurs were considered acceptable and jovial behavior.

Incognito deflected blame for many of his harsh actions against teammate Jonathan Martin during an interview with Fox Sports.
Incognito A week before this went down, Jonathan Martin texted me on my phone, 'I will murder your whole family.' Now, do I think Jonathan Martin was going to murder my family? Not one bit. He texted me that. I didn't think he was going to kill my family. I knew that was coming from a brother. I knew it was coming from a friend. I knew it was coming from a teammate.
-- Richie Incognito, during interview with Fox Sports
Incognito also accused Martin of using equally crass language, claiming that was the nature of their relationship.

"When words are put in a context, I understand why a lot of eyebrows get raised," Incognito told Fox Sports during the interview, which aired Sunday. "But people don't know how Jon and I communicate to one another. For instance, a week before this went down, Jonathan Martin texted me on my phone, 'I will murder your whole family.'

"Now, do I think Jonathan Martin was going to murder my family? Not one bit. He texted me that. I didn't think he was going to kill my family. I knew that was coming from a brother. I knew it was coming from a friend. I knew it was coming from a teammate."

Incognito, meanwhile, staunchly denied bullying Martin and claimed to be Martin's most supportive teammate. Incognito said he was genuinely surprised that Martin left the team and it became a national media firestorm.

"You can ask anybody in the Miami Dolphins' locker room who had Jon Martin's back the absolute most, and they will undoubtedly tell you [it was me]," Incognito said. "Jon never showed signs that football was getting to him [or] the locker room was getting to him."

Incognito confirmed that he did leave the controversial voice mail message to Martin last April that included a racial slur and a threat to kill Martin.  Despite the scathing language, Incognito said his actions "came from a place of love" and that vulgar communication was normal among Dolphins players.

"I'm not a racist, and to judge me by that one word is wrong," Incognito said. "In no way, shape or form is it ever acceptable for me to use that word, even if it's friend-to-friend on a voice mail."
In a transcript of the voice mail message from April, Incognito referred to Martin as a "half n-----  you're still a rookie. I'll kill you."

"It's thrown around a lot," Incognito told Fox Sports. "It's a word that I've heard Jon use a lot. It's not saying it's right that I did it and used it in a voice mail. But it's a lot of colorful words that are being thrown around in a locker room that we don't use in everyday life."

The NFL is investigating the troubled relationship between Incognito and Martin, who left the Dolphins two weeks ago because of emotional issues stemming from alleged harassment and misconduct.

"All this stuff coming out, it speaks to the culture of our locker room, it speaks to culture of our closeness, it speaks to the culture of our brotherhood," Incognito said. "And the racism, the bad words, that's what I regret most. But that is a product of the environment."

"[Martin] texted me and said, 'I don't blame you guys, I blame some stuff in the locker room, I blame the culture, I blame what was going on around me,'" Incognito said. "And when all this stuff got going and swirling and bullying got attached to it and my name got attached to it, I just texted him as a friend and was like, 'What's up with this man?' And he said, 'It's not coming from me. I haven't said anything to anybody.'"

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

After our recent study on bullying, stereotyping, and peer-pressure, what is your view on this situation in the NFL? 
a.  Which player is a victim?  Why or why not?
b.  Are both players responsible for the outcome?  Why or why not?
c.  Is the coach responsible?  Why or why not?
d.  Is it okay for bullying to occur under certain circumstances in our society?  
e.  Have there been other instances of bullying/stereotyping in professional sports throughout history?  If so, explain the circumstance and compare the situation to this event.

Post your comment below.  Cite evidence in the article or video to support your views.  Follow the guidelines of Digital Citizenship as you comment and reply to other posts.



Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Neidlinger LA Ezine

Neidlinger LA Ezine
Classroom Paper is Out

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Halloween Web Hunt

  Discover the history of Halloween traditions and learn about mummy burials, vampire bats, and other frightful facts.

What gets buried along with a mummy? What do vampire bats eat for dinner? And whose brain is behind Frankenstein? Search for these and other frightful facts and discover the history of Halloween traditions in this web hunt.

*  Read the following facts and click on the link provided.  
*  Begin a new BLOG POST - titled- "History of Halloween Traditions."
*  Answer the questions in each category in the blog post.  You will want to include the basic question as your topic sentence for each question.
*  You may write more about a particular topic other than just the question(s) asked.
*  You may research more about a particular topic or another Halloween tradition that you would like to learn more about and add to your blog
*  Add pictures to your post (morguefile.com)

1. Mummies


The ancient Egyptians developed a method of preserving bodies so they would remain lifelike even after death. Today we call this process mummification.
Visit the British Museum and x-ray a mummy. 

*  Write about two items you find.


2. Vampire Bats


There are more than 1,000 kinds of bats. How many of those are vampire bats, the kind that drink blood? Make a guess, then find the answer in our Bat Library.

*  What kind of blood do these bats usually dine on?
*  What's another bat fact that surprised you?


3. The Frankenstein Monster  

Long before this monster landed a starring role on the movie screen, he originally came to life through another art form. Read about it at the National Library of Medicine.

*  Was Frankenstein originally brought to life in a painting, a book, or a play?

*  Who is the original creator of the Frankenstein monster and how old was she when she introduced this classic monster to the world?

4. Halloween History

Bonfires, treats to eat, and dressing up in costumes all play a major part in the history of Halloween. To find the original thinking behind these traditions, read the first section of this Halloween article.

*  What is a Halloween tradition in your family?
*  Why do people dress up for Halloween?- you might have to do further exploring for this one!


*  I know you can believe in yourself!

*  Just keep practicing!

*  You will get the hang of it- I know it!


Thursday, October 17, 2013


 Student Blogging Challenge

Week 5 – BAD and commenting

Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Pablo Flores via Compfight

Not much this week regarding choice of activities as I want you to concentrate on writing a fantastic post for Blog Action Day on Wednesday 16 October. Remember the topic is
Human Rights
Here is a link to the actual Human Rights document from the United Nations. There is also a convention on the rights of a child and here is a link to that.

Remember to include an image in your post and give references or link back to where you found your information. Write in your own words, don’t copy and paste from another website. Try to be very factual in what you present but also be prepared to give your own opinion and justify that opinion. Think of an original title for your post, not just Blog Action Day. Try to include the hashtags #BAD13  and #13stubc in your post somewhere. This will make it easier for me to pick up some posts that might not be included in the form below.
We have started a special Flipboard magazine called One World, Our World  We will be including great posts about global issues from week 4 challenge and also those well researched and informative posts from Blog Action Day.


*  I know you can believe in yourself!

*  Just keep practicing!

*  You will get the hang of it- I know it!


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Explore. Imagine. Laugh. Share. Create. Learn. Smile. Grow.

“Welcome to Wonderopolis®, a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery.”   

Each day, there will be an intriguing question that is explored in a variety of ways.  The Wonder of the Day both informs and encourages new questions and sparks new paths of wonder and discovery.  


1.  Watch and listen to the video
2.  Read the short story about the Wonder of the Day
3.  Respond on your blog- What are you thinking about after learning about the Wonder of the Day?  What are you wondering?  Make sure you identify the Wonder of the Day in your Blog as you respond.  


*  I know you can believe in yourself!

*  Just keep practicing!

*  You will get the hang of it- I know it!


Thursday, October 3, 2013


 Student's Blogging Addresses Societal Concerns
Students addressed important issues into today's blogging topic in relationship to the novels, The Outsiders and Lord of the Flies.  Their insights into these topics can be viewed by clicking on the "Student ePortfolio/websites" tab above.  We'd love to hear your views on these topics.  Join in the conversation!  Blog with us.......
*  How can peer pressure from your group force you to be someone you do not want to be?

*  Why do people make judgments about people based on stereotypes that exist in their minds?

*  Discuss society's expectations for boys as they grow into adulthood.

*  How do societal views of boys influence the amount of power and control each boy has or is perceived to have by other boys? 


*  I know you can believe in yourself!

*  Just keep practicing!

*  You will get the hang of it- I know it!


Friday, September 6, 2013


Check out highlights from last spring in the Student Blogging Challenge Magazine 2013.  Students from Lincoln Junior High, as well as students from all around the world, are highlighted in the magazine. 
The challenge will run twice a year- ten weeks during each challenge.  Students will be given a new writing challenge each week.  All student links are located on the tab above, titled- "Student ePortfolio/websites."  Students are looking forward to the challenge ahead.

We look forward to blogging with you!  


*  I know you can believe in yourself!

*  Just keep practicing!

*  You will get the hang of it- I know it!


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Believe in Yourself!


What are some
ways you can use
your online power
for good?

 THEME- 2013/-2014



 *  I know you can believe in yourself!

*  Just keep practicing!

*  You will get the hang of it- I know it!


Wednesday, May 22, 2013



 International Blogging Challenge 2013
These are the countries that my 7th grade students from Plymouth, Indiana, have been blogging with over the course of the last ten weeks through the International Blogging Challenge.

Each week a new challenge is presented, in which students blog, reply, comment, write, read, and exchange ideas through their websites with students from around the globe. This has been a true classroom Global Connecting "real world" learning experience for all students.


UKRAINE        FRANCE            RUSSIA        POLAND
SPAIN         SINGAPORE            ROMANIA        SERBIA
CANADA        JAPAN            TURKEY        MEXICO   
GEORGIA        CUBA                MALAYSIA        EGYPT
VENEZUELA        CHILE                DENMARK        BELARUS


(see the map below or click on the "Look Where We've Been" link above, for full size map)




Monday, May 20, 2013


Challenge 10 – Evaluation

Well here we are – the final challenge for the March 2013 student blogging challenge.  I think everyone who has taken part has enjoyed most of the challenges and learned some new skills. Many of you have visited lots of other students posts, and I have seen some excellent comments on posts.

But like all topics you study at school, you generally have to have a test or evaluation. We do the same here at the challenge – mainly to see how you have improved in your blogging over the past three months but also to evaluate the challenge.  So there are two things we would like you to complete this week – a personal blog audit and a survey about the challenge itself.

Survey of your blog
This is an audit of your blog since the beginning of March 2013.
  • 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?

Write a post about your blog evaluation and audit.


Click on the CHALLENGE 10 - EVALUATION link at the top of this post.  The link will direct you to the Blogging Challenge 10 site, where the Blogging Challenge Survey is located.  Complete the survey and submit.  

Friday, May 10, 2013


Challenge 9 – Game Week

Wanna play? 

Game week is all about visiting other blogs.

Student and class blogs – new bloggers and old hands at the blogging – mentors as well as participants, remember -one of  the main aims of blogging includes commenting and carrying on conversations with the author of posts and their other readers.   A good commenter will have read the post carefully, checked out the links in the post and have read the previous comments before they leave one of their own. Good commenters add to the conversation with a quality comment.

GAME 1- allows you to connect globally.
This game is titled-  ‘Count Out Three’.
Here are the instructions:
  • click on a blog on the student list – count one
  • now click on a blog from their blogroll – count two
  • finally click on a blog from that blogroll – count three
1.  Leave a comment on an interesting post at this third blog.
2.  Do this activity at least three times
3.  Write your own post saying which blogs you visited and which posts you left a comment on.
     -Why did you choose that post?
     - Remember to include a link back to the post you left a comment on so that student gets a pingback.      

We have many mentors helping you with your blogging.  Most of them are busy teachers with their own class blog or else they are students who have taken part in many prior challenges. I have asked some mentors to write a post highlighting what they consider interesting posts for students to read. Here are the instructions for this game:
  1. Choose at least two of these mentor posts to visit.
  2. Read their post and visit the links they include.
  3. Answer the question left on their post by leaving them a quality comment. This should show you have visited the posts they link to.
  4. Now write your own post including three posts you have found interesting while taking part in this March blog challenge. Could include posts you have written or ones you have read while visiting other students.
Mrs Norton‘s class blog, Mrs Coffa as a guest post on Middle Matters blog, Ethan student mentor, Jakob student mentor, Isaiah student mentor, Astaneh who mentored the older students, Merrybeau class blog, Mrs Tharp‘s class blog.

While checking out these blogs look at the layout of the sidebars as well as the layout of the posts. Compare to yours. This might help with the evaluation week activities next week.
If using Kidblog or blogger, leave a comment on this game week post with a link to the post you have written.

More time left: Continue on with your favorite things post especially if you want to be included in the list of thirty who have included the images, tags/category and using another tool.

Still more time left: Miss W is travelling around the southern states of USA during June before going to a conference in San Antonio. Recommend 10 places she should visit as she is interested in history and nature.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013



results of "Tweet-Up" 

Today, each class will be participating in a live "Tweet-UP" focusing on 'Survival of the Fittest' and The Call of the Wild.  Each class will have 7 minutes for each of the 3 questions. 

Check out our class Call of the Wild website:  

Join us at:  #Neidlingerla7 

Times today:

9:25- 9:46 a.m.
10:30-10:51 a.m.
11:35-11:56 a.m.
1:15-1:36 p.m.
2:20-2:41 p.m.   


Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Challenge 8 – Favorites

Swinging in the sunset
This week was going to be the game week but, it has been postponed until next week. 
This week is going to be the last week for you to prove to your teachers, readers, peer, and yourself what you have learned about blogging.

The activities this week will prompt you to construct the following items:
  • adding hyperlinks so your readers can find out more on the topic
  • adding images with correct attribution
  • adding categories and tags to your posts
  • being able to write in paragraphs about a topic
  • stretching your imagination by using a tool other than writing
Again this activity relates to the number 10.

Write a post about 10 of your favorite things. It can’t be ten movies or ten games, but must be about ten different things.

Some examples could be:
  • movie star
  • book to read
  • place to travel in the future
  • invention ever made
  • blog post you have written
  • etc, etc, etc
This post will be ten paragraphs long; one for each of your favorite things.

*  In at least three of your paragraphs, include a link to another website.

*  Include at least two images related to your favorite things.  Make sure you have tagged and categorized your post. (proper attribution)

*  Use a tool other than writing to tell us about one of your favorite things- eg include a video or Voki or audioboo or slideshow – the list is endless.

As I am expecting fantastic posts for challenge 8, you will have two weeks to do this.  Next week will be the two games, and the final week will be an evaluation of the challenge, so really make a great effort on this post.

Good luck everyone on this post!!! Show off to your readers what you are capable of doing using your blog!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Freedom Again

Our last three challenges have been fairly serious – adding images to your blog posts, how to get comments and visitors to your blog, and looking at your digital footprint. 

This week your sole activity is to make sure you are ready for a game we will be playing next week – in fact, there will be two games happening. 

To play either game you will need the following:   -  (Make sure everything is up-to-date).

*  a user avatar if possible 
*  an ‘about me’ PAGE 
*  a clustrmap or flag counter widget 
*  at least four interesting posts – from the challenge or topics of your choice ( we already    have completed six, so everyone should be good to go)
*  your ‘Recent Comments’ widget on the sidebar
*  your ‘Pages’ widget on the sidebar or pages in the header 
*  at least 10 student and/or class blog links on your blogroll - our class link is one- you will need to link at least nine student links as well.  Our student links can be found under our 'Student Blogs' tab at the top of our class site.  Title the link as "Student & Class Blogs."
*  at least three overseas blog links on your blogroll - You will need to find at least three students and/or classes from overseas that you have been corresponding with and link their blogs to your site.  You will title the Link Section as "Student & Class Overseas Blogs."
*  the more students or classes you have linked on your blog, the more fun the game will be 
*  the most important of these are the links to other student blogs on your sidebar. 

**You might title these special link titles as:

*  Links- Friend Blogs
*  Links- Class Blogs 
*  Links- Overseas Blogs

 Having lots of links to student blogs from other countries will help spread the game.  Have you written lots of interesting posts for your visitors to read next week?  Let the games begin!!!

Sunday, April 14, 2013



When does your digital footprint start?
  • When you start putting information online in your blog?
  • When you join Facebook or Twitter?
  • When you join Animoto or YouTube?

This week, you have several choices.  Choose the activity that provides you with the biggest challenge.  STEP OUTSIDE THE BOX!!!!
Activity 1: Do you have a different personality when you are online? Think about your avatar, your status updates, music you upload, your images and your blog. Would someone who knows you in real life recognize you online?  Write a post about your personality online. Why do you think some people exaggerate or change their identity when they are online?
Activity 2: What can strangers learn about you online? Could your friend Google your name and find out lots of information about you? Do you have your birthdate, your email address, your home address, your cell phone number somewhere online? Google yourself. What do you find out? In your post, don’t give out the private information you found.
Activity 3: Are you on Facebook? Have you checked the privacy help pages? Read through them and write a post about something that surprised you about the settings? Did you change some of your settings after reading the information? Why? Here is another article on Facebook privacy settings.
Activity 4: Write a post about your favorite tool to embed on your blog
Many students mentioned they wanted to know about some more web2.0 tools they could use on their blog. So here is your chance to promote a favorite web2.0 tool. Remember to create a link in your post so your readers can visit the site you are recommending. 
Activity 5: What is digital citizenship?
Play this game about digital citizenship. How well did you go? Write a post telling your readers about digital citizenship – what you should do rather than what you shouldn’t do. Maybe you would prefer to create a book, poster or video about digital citizenship. Some web2.0 tools you might use with parental or teacher permission glogster, goanimate, audioboo or flipbook.
Activity relating to number 10
What 10 educational games or iPad apps should all students be able to use at school? Give reason why it is considered educational.
Activity relating to blogging
One way to find information easily on the internet is using tags. Photos, geocaches, maps and posts are all tagged in some way. For example this post has been tagged by me with ‘digital footprint’ and ‘Facebook’. This means when I want to write a post again about a digital footprint in the next blogging challenge, I can just click on the tag and up will come all my posts about footprints.
On your blog, you need to start using tags and/or categories. Here are some examples:
  • Category: Book Reviews   Tags: names of authors, genres, name of book
  • Category: Special events  Tags: athletic carnival, birthday, Earth Hour, Dr Seuss birthday
  • Category: Holidays  Tags: Easter, Spring Break, ANZAC Day, Martin Luther King Day
  • Category: Student posts  Tags: name of each student

You can add categories and tags on the main page when you are writing your post. These are usually found on the right side under the big blue publish button.
If you have already written a post and haven’t included categories/tags, then go to dashboard>posts>all posts  Under the post find the quick edit and click on that. You now have options to add categories and tags without opening the whole post.

Monday, April 8, 2013


This sign was seen in the forest, so this week’s number 10 challenge relates to this image.

What could the secret be that is hidden in the forest?

You could make a list or write a story about the image, maybe use a comic strip with 10 frames or a flip book with 10 pages. Get creative.

Check out some of the options in our 2.0 tools tab.  Try Storybird, as an option for a flip book.  There are also several comic strip tools out there.  Regardless, you must focus on the number 10- 10 pages, frames, chapters, etc....