October 14 2016

Week 2: Student blogging challenge

4191979465Commenting: This week it’s all about the comments!

(Copied & edited from this weeks Student Edublog Challenge post)

Blogging is all about having your voice heard and connecting with others who might like to read and comment on what you have written. But as in many things we do, there are some protocols bloggers in schools like to follow.

Check out this video about leaving quality comments. It was created for one of the very first blogging challenges  by Mrs Yollis’ grade 3 students

Your task this week is to visit 4 other class/student blogs on our blogroll. It might be the About Me page or another post you found interesting. Leave a quality comment on at least one post on each blog. Then to show that you visited them…

Write a SEPARATE post on your blog mentioning who you visited, which post you left a comment on and why, then include the comment you left. Hint: make sure you copy the comment before you hit the submit button. You can also do one at a time, “save” your draft, and come back to add another copy/pasted comment as you visit each site. Here are two examples from previous students in the challenge: Allegra and Meghana

Remember also to leave a link to your blog in the comment. I hope you make some great connections this week.

Happy blogging!

October 11 2016

Week 1: Student blogging challenge

Create an avatar AND a post about it

As we have already created an ‘All about me’ post we are going to begin the challenge by creating an avatar to use on our blogs.  There are many different avatar creation sites on the web. I have explored many sites on the symbaloo of websites provided by Miss W on the week 1 challenge. Below are some of the avatars I created and links to the sites I used.



























All of the sites I have included above did not require any registration. I found the easiest way to save it when complete was to do a screen shot or capture by selecting the Print Screen (PrtSc) button on the keyboard, open Paint, paste, crop and save the image as a JPG. From there it was as easy as going to the dashboard, selecting users, your avatar and following the steps from there.

Once you have created your avatar and uploaded it to your blog I’d like you to write a post about it explaining how it represents you. See mine below for ideas. Don’t forget to include a link to the site you used to create it. Have fun!

My Avatar

pick-a-faceI chose this avatar to represent me because of all those I created, this was the one that looked the most mature. (Note I didn’t say the oldest) I gave my avatar reddish brown hair, hazel eyes and a broad nose. I also decided to put glasses on my avatar even though I don’t wear them all the time. I do need them when I am reading and working on the computer which is most of the time when I am in the library. I selected a green dress as it is one of my favourite colours to wear. The background I chose has flowers as apart from reading, gardening is my other passion. What do you think? Did I choose the right one?

I created this avatar using https://pickaface.net/create-avatar.html



October 9 2016

Global blogging challenge!


I’m excited! Why? Because this term we are joining 135 classes from 16 countries across the globe who have registered in the student blogging challenge.

The challenge will involve weekly tasks all designed to improve blogging and commenting skills while connecting with other classes and students. Click on the badge in the sidebar to see the latest challenge.

Four students, Chloe, Emily, Lavinia and Sarah have also registered to take part in the student blogging challenge. They will join thousands of students from 40+ countries who have registered individually.

Happy blogging!

August 16 2016

Activity 6 – Write a Book Review

Okay my brilliant bloggers. With book week just around the corner, I thought it timely to ask you to review one of your favourite books or one you have read recently. Remember to hook the reader with your opening sentence. You should include:


  • The book’s title and author

  • A brief summary of the plot that doesn’t give away too much. Discuss characters, setting, genre.

  • Your personal response to the book. Why did you enjoy it? What part? Give examples.




June 5 2016


Leaving comments is an important part of blogging. It allows you to engage in discussions, share thoughts and connect with your blog. It transforms your blog from a static space to an interactive community. You can connect with your classmates, friends, family or bloggers from across the country or the world. Blogging has no boundaries.

To create a great comment it’s important to keep a few things in mind.

  1. Write it like a letter with a greeting, followed by the content and then a closing.
  2. Always use correct spelling, punctuation and grammar. Remember no text talk.
  3. Add new, relevant information. Remember stay on topic, don’t write random stuff.
  4. If you want to continue the conversation, end your comment with a question.
  5. Never reveal personal information about yourself such as where you live or specific places you go.
  6. Always read over your comment and edit before you submit it.
  7. Only use one emoticon if you feel the need to use one.
  8. Remember, you are putting your best self forward, so polish your comments.
June 2 2016

Activity 5: Our amazing school


I think we have an amazing school!  What are the things about our school that YOU love? Is it your classroom, the teachers, our beautiful gardens, a special part of the playground, one of the many programs on offer, or perhaps the INCREDIBLE library and librarian!

I want you to tell the world about it. As well as a great description I’d also like you to add some images of our school.

Even though our school is great, as with all things, there is always something that could be added or improved to make it even greater. What is it? Write a paragraph detailing your ideas.

Take your time, give this some serious thought and above all, have fun!

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May 23 2016

Activity 4 – What are you passionate about?

Your next task is to create a post about something that you are really passionate about. It may be something that you included in your ‘About me’ page. Do you love to sing, dance, play an instrument, play a sport, paint or draw… ? Tell the world about it! Be sure to include images to make your post visually appealing. A great place to find images is at:


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May 23 2016

Activity 3 – Create an Avatar

Your task this week is to create an avatar to use on your blog when leaving comments. Your avatar is an online representation of you. It might have your hair colour, types of clothes you like to wear, a guitar or pet that you have. You may like to choose an animal or crazy, fantastic creature for your avatar.

Here are a few creator sites:









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May 23 2016

Activity 2 – All About me!

Create a page introducing yourself. You could write a short bio, a poem or create a list of things people may not know about you. You could include information about your family, your pets, your passions and interests, favourite books and authors, music and artists, food, movies, subjects at school…

Below are instructions for creating your page.

  1. Login to your blog, go to the dashboard>pages>add new
  2. Change the title to About Me or something similar.
  3. If you only have one row of icons above the box, click on the last icon called the kitchen sink or toggle. This opens a second row which allows you to change font colours.
  4. In the box, write a bit about yourself remembering to be internet safe.
  5. When you have finished click the big button on the right side of your screen –send for review.
  6. Once you have saved your about me page, go back and delete the sample page.
  7. If your theme doesn’t show pages in the header area, then you will need to go to dashboard> appearance> widgets and drag across the Pages one to your sidebar.
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