About Me: Student Blogging Challenges

This is a short story about me and my participation in the Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge #16stubc.  Students and classes from all over the world participate in a series of activities to help build their confidence in blogging.

The first challenge is to introduce yourself.  I’ll start by telling you my name – it’s Dinah. I found out about this excellent opportunity a few years ago and was fortunate to selected as a mentor. It’s given me a chance to learn about blogging and to help others in the process.

One of the first challenges was for students to introduce themselves. There are so many ways and it’s difficult to choose just one.  I kept coming back to the A-Z activity after reading several posts by students.

Here is a list of hobbies I enjoy:

  • making different types of arts and craft projects.
  • collecting Buckeyes. (Did you know that holding a “buckeye nut” in your pocket is considered good luck?)
  • camping outdoors.
  • writing letters to pen pals.
  • quick walks or running. Not a fan but I do it for my daughter.

My main job is to work with teacher education students.  They know that I love all sorts of technologyand I enjoy finding unique ways to make their visions become realities through the use of web-based tools.

X is a tricky letter.  Can’t find a word that fits my story so I’ll just move on.  If you think of something please leave me a comment!

Finally, at the end of a long day I find that it is important to find ways to relax.  I’ve tried lots of things like Yoga, but I prefer to Zentangle.  It’s a mix of art and meditation.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my story.  Now to visit other blogs and see what the students have created!

Visiting blogs and sharing favorite foods stories

In weeks 5 and 6 of the #stubc15, the challenges are to visit other blogs and discuss favorite foods.  I’ve always found that food and conversation go well together.  This should be fun.

As the Christmas holiday gets closer I’m reminded of my favorite food made by my Grandmother who emigrated from Czechoslovakia.  The family loved her Walnut Roll Bread.  Well, that’s what we called them.  Later I found out that the official name for them was Orechovnik.

Nutroll

Zidel333 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

It seems that different cultures have similar walnut roll recipes.  In some regions its called Potica, Povitica, Bejgli or Kolache,.  Sometimes the filling is different.  Sometimes the shape is different.  Sometimes the rolls are glazed.

In my grandmother’s version the log-shaped walnut rolls were not glazed.

So, I’m curious.  Have you ever eaten a Walnut Roll?  If so, can you tell me about it?  I’m using VoiceThread to share thoughts on this holiday recipe.

And now I’m off to visit different blogs to see what other great foods people are writing about.

If you’d like to leave a comment click on the bottom of the picture to select your choice.  You’ll need to have a VoiceThread account.  

 

 

Student Blogging Challenge: October 2015

A new round of the Edublog student blogging challenge hosted by Miss Wyatt has begun.  In the first challenge students are asked to develop an avatar and compare it to themselves.

In my previous blog post on the topic I shared a few of my favorite avatar creation tools.  Well, there is a new tool on the block that has been gaining momentum as my favorite.

Get Peanutized!

In time to promote the new movie coming out November 7th visitors can create a Peanuts character avatar.  Love this!  I grew up watching the movies and reading the comics.  To be a part of the group taps into my sense of nostalgia.

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In this blogging challenge participants are asked to share how this character represents you.

  • I love Autumn.  It’s my favorite season of the year.  I really enjoy the colors and walking through the dried leaves to hear them crunch.  We had so much fun building leaf piles to jump in.
  • I prefer the cooler weather so that I can dress down and wear a fleece sweater.
  • I like that this scene has me with my friends.  Our neighborhood was filled with kids.  We didn’t play alone much.

 

For more information on how to create and upload an avatar check out step 5: Avatars by Miss Wyatt.

Student Blogging Challenge – Commenting

In this week 2 challenge students are asked to think about what it means to comment on blog posts.  I’ve found a few articles on the subject that might be of interest to readers.

I applaud the Student Blogging Challenge for bringing awareness to the importance of teaching commenting skills.  I’ve started a Padlet to share ideas on what goes into making a good blog comment. Feel free to add your comments.

Week one – Student Blogging Challenge

Student Blogging Challenge 2015

Student Blogging Challenge 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once again I have the privilege of participating as a mentor in the Student Blogging Challenge #sbc15.  The challenge has three parts: create an avatar,  update my all about me page and visit other blogs.

I’ve updated my student blog list and begun to visit them.   For this challenge I’ve a group of 15-year old students and I look forward to getting to know them. 

Sometime ago I was introduced to Tellagami.  “Animate your life. Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated video called a Gami.”  I’m excited to learn how I can use this tool in my job.

Samantha Morra at EdTechTeacher.org has some great ideas for using Tellagami in the classroom. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/09/a-handful-of-ideas-for-using-tellagami.html

EdTechSandyK shared her thoughts on Tellagami.  http://edtechsandyk.blogspot.com/2013/10/create-short-animated-videos-for.html

Steve Woods has created a tutorial on how to create a gami. http://justonesandzeros.org/pedagogy/presentation/tellagami

Check out my gami and feel free to share ideas on how you might use these types of avatars.

https://tellagami.com/gami/AA9QSH/

Challenge about the number 10

In the first week of the Edublog’s Student Blogging challenge: Who Am I? students were encouraged to name 10 people, alive or dead, and and think of a question to ask each individual.  There have been many wonderful responses from the student bloggers so far.  I thought it might be fun to give the challenge a try.

Like many of the students I would like to meet some of my relatives.

1. My grandmother: I’d ask her how she made her wonderful Walnut Bread.  Every Christmas we looked forward to visiting her home and sampling this sweet treat.  I’ve since learned that the official name is Potica.  I haven’t tried to make it yet; someday I will- in honor of her.

2. One of my distant ancestors: Genealogy interests me.   I’d like to meet one of my ancestors and discover what we have in common.  I suspect that some of them were nomadic wanderers.  I’d like to ask one of my relatives if he or she could explain why I have a deep need to tote all of my stuff everywhere I go.

Some of my favorite people are no longer with us.

3. John Denver:  I’ve enjoyed his music every since I was a teenager and I admire his passion to protect nature.  If I could meet JD I’d ask him what one thing I could do to continue his dream.

4. Lady Diana Spencer: Lady Di has always been one of my favorite royals and I’ve always wished that I could have met her and become her friend. As many people as she had in her life, Lady Diana seemed lonely.  I’d ask her how would she define true friendship.

Some people I’d like to meet.

5. Donald Trump:  I’d like to sit down and share a cup of coffee with Mr. Trump.  After sharing a bit of my life, I’d ask him for one piece of advice that would help me become a more successful person.

6. Cesar Milan:  I have a Lab-Great Pyrenees mix dog.  He’s over 100 pounds and loves to bolt after geese, deer, squirrels, etc.  I’d ask Cesar  to tell me what I can do to do to stop this behavior.  We’re tired of being dragged across yards or into ponds.

7. Diana Gabaldon: She’s one of my favorite authors. I’d like to know what inspired her to create the main characters (Jamie and Claire) in her Outlander stories.

8. Bobby Flay: He’s one of the America’s Iron Chefs.  I’d like to find out what he considers to be the one dish that every good cook should know how to make.  (And perhaps he’d volunteer to teach me.)

9: Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: Jr. is one of my favorite NASCAR drivers.  I’d ask him what one piece of advice would he give to rookie drivers.

And finally…

10.  One of the places I’d like to visit someday is Stonehenge.  There’s some mystery surrounding the purpose of this structure.  So to the individual who designed the monument…Why?