I happened to see a commercial on television that ties into this week’s Edublog challenge: Global Issues.
Everyday we hear or read about some group of people that asks for our help; or some cause that seeks our support. The need can be overwhelming. Who do you help? How do you help?
“You can lift the weight of caring by doing.” Sometimes it is the little things we do that can make a difference. We don’t need to do it all; just start by doing something.
So, if you go to the site you can plug in your cause and zip code to find opportunities to help others. For my international readers try using
It’s a zip code for Washington D.C.
I’ll be linking this post to my group of students and I’d be interested in what cause you’d like to help and why.
A new Edublog Student Blogging Challenge has begun! Each season I volunteer I’m challenged to introduce myself in a different way. This time I opted to make a video using Animoto.
The idea came from a vision board I created for a pen pal. I think maybe it needs some images. What do you think?
A new Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge has begun! In week one students will be asked to introduce themselves. I’m using Glogster to share a few things about myself.
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 be 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 technology; and 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! Thanks Chad! He suggested that I might be xenodochial.
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!
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.
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.
Sorry folks. My comics went away due to Bitstrips closing:)
Can you think of other commenting rules? For more information on commenting check out the Week 2 Challenge: Let’s Comment. Thanks!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.