Week one activity in the Student Blogging Challenge suggested recommending three blogs and reasons for it. I thought I’d complete the activity along with the students.
Blog 1: http://hagansworldofawesome.blogspot.com/ The first thing that caught my attention was Hagan’s title. Here’s a kid with a positive attitude; and it intrigued me enough to want to visit his blog. So lesson learned…a title is important. The next thing that I noticed was his use of pictures to tell a story. The angle shot in his images is interesting. After exploring the blog a bit I noticed that others must have felt the same way; Hagen’s blog was nominated as one of the best student blogs of 2011 by Edublogs.
Blog 2: http://luis-thesombreroblog.blogspot.com/ The title grabbed my attention first; the blog design kept me there. Luis chose a deep blue background that makes you feel comfortable.
Blog 3: http://thescienceof8thgrade.blogspot.com/ Morgan has a way of getting you to participate in her blog. The latest blog post has the reader answering questions to find out what jobs they would be good at.
While completing another challenge I came across Jaden’s blog http://jadensawesomeblog.blogspot.co.nz/. His blog was the winner of the Best Student Blog of 2011. Interestingly, he uses screen shots to enhance his blog. I especially like that he has developed a blog mascot. Makes me think that I should resurrect one of my bulletin board characters as my mascot.
Last week I was given the chance to become a mentor for a group of students participating in the Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge. It’s my responsibility to visit their blogs at least three times and post comments. This week I worked on my first “All About Me” blog posts. I’ve managed to leave an all about me post on almost all of the blogs for my participating students. After spending some time reading the posts I must say that I’m fairly impressed with what these individuals have written.
I’ve never been much of a blogger before this. However, since beginning this mentor program I’ve spent more time with my own blog in two weeks than I have in the last two years. This has inspired me to take a leap of faith and plunge into blogging. I plan to experience the program the way the students are.
Week one challenge students were to do the following:
- Update or create an ‘all about me’ page or post.
- Visit ten blogs and leave a comment on one of their posts.
- Write a post suggesting/recommending at least three other blogs and why.
Personal goals include creating a blog roll.
Thank you to the Edublogs team for giving me this opportunity.