Wednesday, May 22, 2013

"LOOK WHERE WE'VE BEEN"

 "LOOK WHERE WE'VE BEEN"

 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.

COUNTRIES IN BLOGGING CHALLENGE

ARMENIA        NEW ZEALAND       GERMANY         PAKISTAN
UKRAINE        FRANCE            RUSSIA        POLAND
TUNISIA        IRELAND            HONDURAS        AUSTRALIA
BELGIUM        UNITED KINGDOM        VIETNAM        CHINA
SPAIN         SINGAPORE            ROMANIA        SERBIA
NEPAL        ARGENTINA            BULGARIA        UNITED STATES
CANADA        JAPAN            TURKEY        MEXICO   
INDIA            NETHERLANDS        MACEDONIA    GREECE
GEORGIA        CUBA                MALAYSIA        EGYPT
NIGERIA        CZECH REPUBLIC        AUSTRIA        FINLAND
PHILIPPINES    BRAZIL            SOUTH AFRICA    INDONESIA
VENEZUELA        CHILE                DENMARK        BELARUS
SOUTH KOREA    ALGERIA            PUERTO RICO    SRI LANKA
KAZAKHSTAN    SWEDEN            DOMINICAN REPUBLIC          COLUMBIA    MOROCCO    ITALY    

 

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


 

 

 

Monday, May 20, 2013

BLOGGING CHALLENGE 10


Challenge 10 – Evaluation

bye!
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.

FINALLY-

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

BLOGGING CHALLENGE 9

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.      

GAME 2-
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

COME "TWEETING" WITH US TODAY 5/8


 JOIN US TODAY (5/8) FOR A LIVE "TWEET-UP"

READ OUR "STORIFY"- SOUND OF THE CALL
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.   

COME "TWEETING" WITH US!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

BLOGGING CHALLENGE 8

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!
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