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....  

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Challenge 4 – Using images in post

Even though this is a week of freedom, I feel we need a post about using images.

Can you use any image on the internet?
No you can’t!
You can use images that are creative commons where the owner has given you permission to use the image as long as you include attribution. Here is a chart about the different licenses for images. There are many websites and search tools on the web for finding images that are creative commons. Some of these give you the attribution in an easy format as well. The one I have found easiest to use is compfight.

If using images from Wikimedia, here is a post about their licensing and what is acceptable by them. Here is their post about using wikimedia commons outside of wikimedia.

You can still find images easily at the Compfight website.  


  • 1. Put in your search term.
  • 2. Once the images are shown, on the left sidebar make sure these words are in black – tags only, creative commons, show originals, safe and pop up on
  • 3. Choose an image below the dotted line – these are free and creative commons now
  • 4. Save the small version of the image to your computer – change the filename to something relating to the image instead of the numbers
  • 5. Copy the code in the box
  • 6. Back to your blog post which you have already written - at the bottom on a new line paste in the code using Ctrl V – change the tab from visual to HTML before pasting the code – then change back to visual to add your image.
  • 7. Click at the beginning of the line where you want your image to appear.
  • 8. Use the insert image icon at the top of your post, to find and download the image you have now saved on your computer drive.
  • 9. Once the image has been crunched and downloaded, you can align the image to the right.
  • 10. Click on the advanced settings tab of this page and put 10 in both the vertical and horizontal boxes. This will now give you a space around the image so your writing doesn’t run right into the image. Now update. 
  • Other websites or tools for images, clip art etc
    You will need to work out how to get the attribution to put on your posts.
    Open ClipArt

Activities relating to images

  • If you have used images in previous posts, go back and give attribution for the images. If they are not creative commons, GNU or fair play, then you will need to take the images out of your posts.
  • Write a post about your passions and find an appropriate image to include. Remember attribution needed.
  • Find a great image and write a post about it.
**** Activity relating to the number 10
Put together a pinterest board, animoto, slideshow, poster or collage, or thinglink on a theme using 10 images you have found- eg Animals at the zoo, sports, music, nature, etc....  Choose a topic that interests you. Remember to add attribution as an image at the end of the animoto or slideshow. Include attribution with each image on your collage or poster.

Do you have any other great sites for finding images, clipart, music, sounds etc?
Please leave a comment on this post so other readers can share your knowledge.