Whenever we do the Student Blogging Challenge we have a free choice week where students are welcome to talk about topics that interest them.
This task involves writing a blog post about your own passions, interests, hobbies, recommendations, or curiosities. It’s basically a free choice post to write about anything you like! Your post might include text, images, videos, diagrams, a quiz, a slideshow, or any other sort of media.
💡 Here are some example posts from former Student Blogging Challenge participants:
Ally wrote about her passion for physics and philosophy of the universe.
I notice that quite a few of you are making quizzes, polls, videos, and other exciting content for your blog visitors to engage with.
Below are some instructions for you to follow to help you embed content into your blog post, rather than just post a link.
I would like you all to embed something of your choice into a blog post, either a quiz that you have already made or perhaps a slideshow of images that allows you to copy a code.
CREATE CONTENT USING ONLINE TOOL
There is a wide range of online tools and apps that you can use to quickly create content that can be embedded into posts.
Many of these tools require an account to be created and some don’t allow the site to be used by a person under 13 years of age. You need to check their Terms of service or privacy page to make sure you are allowed to use the site before creating an account
EMBED IN POST
Once you’ve created your content using one of the above online tools you embed it into a post as follows:
1. Copy the embed code.
Usually when you create something online there is an option to copy the ’embed code’ or something similar.
then copy the story embed code.
2. Go to Posts > Add New
3. Place your cursor where you want the video to appear and then click on the Add Media button.
4. In the Add Media window click on the Insert Embed Code tab.
5. Paste the embed code into the Insert Embed code box and click Insert into post.
6. When you have finished writing your post click Publish.
7. You should see your video/quiz when you view the published post.
Here is a link to Steph’s blog where she has made a tutorial video on how to add widgets.
I have added a table with 2 cells and put one photo in each cell. If you cant see the button in the toolbar that allows you to add a table, go to plugins in your dashboard and search for tables and add an easy table.
Please create a new post on your blog explaining what you have changed/added with your widgets, as well as including two photos from Unsplash in a side-by-side table as has been done above.
Create a new post and rate these comments from the above link in order from the least helpful to the 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.