This week we are going to explore what others are doing on their blogs.
Make sure you have completed your Week 1 SBC so others are able to give you their feedback
Make sure you have given the 6 girls from the 2 other classes in Year 6 appropriate and meaningful feedback.
Check your own feedback that you have received from others in Year 6, make sure you have approved all of your comments in your Dashboard.
Go to this list of students competing in the SBC and think about which blogs you would like to visit. Remember you are not allowed to visit blogs made by students who are over 13 years old.
Choose 3 different blogs to visit and explore in detail. Read all of their posts and look at the different designs of their blog. You might want to make some changes to your blog. It’s important to make sure people are still able to leave comments on your blog when you make changes. How will you check this?
Comment or leave feedback on something on each of their blogs. Make sure you introduce yourself and leave the URL to your blog so they can come and visit you.
Remember you are representing your school. Proof read and edit everything and remember the importance of making useful, relevant, well thought about comments!
Now………Create a post on your blog about your experience visiting other blogs.
–Did it inspire you?
–Did you see any cool designs or posts and what were they?
–Were you surprised by anything and WMYST?
–Include the links to any blogs you think are worthy of others visiting and why you chose them.
Write an A-Z about yourself (e.g. I am an athletic and brave child who decided that saving the environment is one of my future goals). Check out how commenter Dinah created her A-Z About page especially for the Student Blogging Challenge a few years back.
Zaprina made a creative About post that’s an acronym of her own name. It includes paragraphs and coloured text.
Student Rajyashori wrote a creative interview script.
Year 5/6 Class at Westwood with Iford School made a Thinglink.
Task 3: Visit other blogs
For students or classes: Start making connections!
One important aspect of blogging is commenting on other blogs.
Remember: The more you put in to making connections during this challenge, the more you’ll get out!
There are two places you can find other participants’ blogs to visit:
The pages at the top of this blog. There is a page for student bloggers and a page for class bloggers. These are sorted by age. Student bloggers have hobbies listed so you hopefully can find someone who is not only a similar age to you but shares some of your interests.
The green link on the right-hand sidebar of the blog (available from Tuesday/Wednesday). This will show you the spreadsheet of students/classes who have submitted their posts in the weekly Google Form. Note: You won’t need to request access — it’s “view only”.
Don’t forget to fill out the Google Form at the end of this page.
I have added a table with 2 cells and put one photo in each cell. If you cant see the button in the tool bar that allows you to add a table, go to plugins in your dashboard and search for tables and add an easy table.
Create a new post and rate these comments from the above link in order from the least helpful to most helpful.
Which is the most helpful and WMYST?
Which is the least helpful and WMYST?
Next make a comment about what you have learnt in this activity on our class blog, in the post called, “We have been learning about making comments on other people’s blogs”.
Commenting is what brings a blog to life. Comments are also a significant reason why people write blogs – they want to get people thinking and communicating.
Your comments should aim help to keep the learning going, to keep the conversation going.
Here are some important guidelines to follow when you are making comments. Thanks to ‘Guidelines’ written by the 2009-2010 bloggers of Huzzah!
Make your comment worth reading.
Start a conversation.
Be positive, interested, and encouraging.
If you disagree, be polite about it.
Connect with the post: be on topic.
Re-read your comment before you hit submit–think before you send!
Aim for correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
Don’t use chat or texting language like lol, i, or u.
No “Hi! Visit my blog! Bye!” comments. Be thoughtful.
Keep your privacy: no personal or identifying information about you, your family, or your friends. Don’t give out last names, school name, phone numbers, user names, or places and dates you can be found.
Together we will practise commenting and create our own set of guidelines to help us write really appropriate and effective comments.