We are “gearing up” for a new year, so you will see lots of changes on my blog over the next week before my new students start their blogs. As you can see I have a new class name this year. Last year we were ClasstapKids and this year we going to be SMARTeKIDS! I thought it was kind of clever! Choosing a name for the blog is kind of like choosing a name for a child! Whew!!! The first thing I want to learn this year is how to add a RSS feed to my blog and how to get feeds from others! We are “gearing up” to learn! We hope you stop back again!
A widget is an object that is found on the sidebars of a blog. This is a widget that Shane found. Just for fun have the spider follow the cursor below!
The following slide show was created in Animoto and then it was embedded in my blog. Animoto is a really cool tool that you can use to create quick slide shows that automatically add transitions. You can choose music and other settings as well if you choose. I thought I would share one of my favorites that I created of the Equestrian Team having fun! Enjoy the show!
Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.
Digital Design 7 students created their self portrait in ArtRage! We then took these and put them in a photostream in Flickr then embedded it on our blog. Students in Digital Design 7 are just beginning their individual blogs and learning all about photography. They will be adding their artwork to their blogs! Watch these students’ blogs blossom and always feel free to leave a comment! 7th grade blogs are located on the right sidebar.
This week in my teacher challenge I learned that it is important to spice up your post with a picture. I thought I would try the same idea of posting 1 picture and having my students and online visitors describe the picture in 5 words or less. I am gathering this data in a Google Form (creating a Google Form was new to me, so I wanted to learn how to do this too). I used Paint.net to change the size of the image (width = 500 pixels, height = 375 pixels, resolution = 100) then I licensed my picture by uploading it to flickr – for this picture I chose to embed the small size from flickr. If you do not want your picture licensed then you can directly upload it in your blog post. In addition, I got some great tips that I wanted to share with my students by Murcha. My students also need to follow these guidelines – If you are using pictures of people, do not include their names, and make sure there is more than 3 people in each picture. Also remember to get their permission 🙂
Quick Tips By Murcha :
- Use original images or photos where possible
- If using online images, ensure you follow creative commons requirements (Flickr Creative Commons)
- Remember images may need to be resized for online use
- Make sure the file extension is jpg or png not bmp. bmp is too large for online use.
- A good image size in blogs is 500 pixels wide by 375 pixels high.
- Search for online converters or if you use a PC, try downloading irfanview (a personal favourite). This free tool allows many editing functions.
Here is my picture… Can you give it 5 words?
Fill out the survey below the picture then
Click Here to see what other people have said!
While I was working in my teacher challenge I came across this post by pmniewman I thought my students would like to try the puzzle that pmniewman created! Give it a try while learning something new!
Do you want to write a really great blog that people will love to read?
Just put the pieces of the jigsaw together and YOU can solve the puzzle of how to write an effective blog. Note: He made the graphics for the puzzle at Bubbl.us and the puzzles at Jigsaw Planet and Jigzone.
CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO START
Digital Design 8 Students – Below is a sample of what your animation of your playground on your blog should include – (1. Writing, 2. Link to uploaded .avi file, 3. embedded file linking to Vimeo upload)
My last project in Google Sketchup was to design a park. It could be any kind of park really. I needed to demonstrate that I could download 5 or more component created by others and then build some kind of structure to attach these to. These are the components that I downloaded: (list these here – Ie. Playground by Sketchosaurus, etc…, These are the components that I built: (list these here). I then needed to create an animation in SketchUp and export it as a movie. I hope you enjoy it!
Mrs. Jorae’s Award Winning Blogs!
Check out the following Digital Design 8 Award Winning Blogs for the week of January 7th!
In addition look at these too! Mrs. Jorae’s Most Improved for the Week of January 14 – WOW!
As a teacher I am always learning new things! This past September, my students entered in the Edublog’s Student Blog Challenge however, since I was just learning too and my elementary students only meet with me once a week we are not though all of it yet. Well, to help me be better at blogging I have now signed up to participate in a Teacher Blog Challenge! Thus, some of my posts will relate to my class and show what I am doing with my students! It is my hope that other teachers will help me to become a better blogger thus helping me to become a better teacher! As part of my Teacher Challenge I wanted to show off some of the things that YOU, my students, are doing:
- 4th grade – created holiday Voki’s then I posted them on a page for all to view. To create your own Voki click here.
- 5th and 6th grade – creating blog posts and commenting
- 7th grade Digital Design Class – in the process of creating their own blog and then will be posting their work. The first project is in ArtRage. To see what ArtRage can do click here and download the DEMO.
- 8th grade Digital Design Class – created a blog, adding posts, commenting on others, adding their Google SketchUp projects on their blog. In this course we have awards each week that students can earn. We encourage people from all over the world to visit our blogs and vote each week and comment on what you see! (look for the award winning blogs in 8th grade – they have an award badge on their page) To try Google Sketch, click here to download the DEMO.
In addition to learning how to blog, I am also learning SketchUp, Scratch, Twitter, Skype, Google Chat, and I got a new Android phone! I am especially thankful to all of my students who are always challenging me to learn more! Learning is so much fun!
Photo courtesy of Flickr and Tony Netone
Digital Design 7 students are creating a self portrait in ArtRage! These are the ones that have been handed in so far! Keep watching to see more or go up to the Digital Design Tab at the top to view this anytime!
Click on the tab above that says, “VOTE HERE!”. Vote for your favorite blogs and Sketchup Projects in Mrs. Jorae’s class every week! The voting is every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday so come back every week and vote! The students earn badges that they can proudly display on their blog! The LINKS to view our class blogs are located on the right sidebar!
This weeks awards are:
Digital Design Award Winning Blog for the week January 3 – January 7 (Overall Best Blog for Layout and Design)
Digital Design Award Winning Blog for the week of January 3 – January 7 (Overall Best Blog Postings for Interesting Stories and Writing)
Digital Design Award Winning SketchUp Project for the week of January 3 – January 7 (Overall Coolest Independent SketchUp project embedded in your blog)
Digital Design Award Winning Advanced SketchUp Project for the week of January 3 – January 7 (Overall Coolest Independent Advanced SketchUp project embedded in your blog)
This is my first project using Google SketchUp 8. Which is really pretty basic. If you want to see some really cool, creative SketchUp projects go to the Digital Design 8 Blogs over the next 8 weeks and watch what they can do! Also, every Friday we host our very own little contest so stop by this blog each Friday and cast your votes for your favorite blogs, posts, and Sketchup Projects!
Students from all schools participate in the Homecoming Parade. In this picture St. Joesph Elementary students are riding on a wagon behind a truck. It sure beat walking for a half mile to the courthouse!
Picture By R. Jorae (To create this effect I used www.paint.net to reduce the image size to 5 pixels wide and the resolution I made 100, however any image editing program can change the image size and resolution. I then saved it and opened it in www.befunky.com . Both programs have some really cool effects to try. Remember that if you are using pictures of people on your blog, the people are in groups and you are not providing their names on the photo or in the upload name)
Since so many students want to create surveys or polls I thought I would try this simple one to see if it works. I created it using www.polldaddy.com. Let me know your thoughts.
I am going to say this straight up… I am not a winter person at all! I miss walking on the shore and hiking through the woods. I like the feel of sunshine on face and taking a dip in a lake! In Michigan, winter lasts too long and summer is way, way to short. Today when I woke up it was dark. When I came home from work it was dark. When I am at school it is light out, but often it is cloudy. We are only in December and I am already wishing it was May! This picture is a good reflection of how I feel about winter, I do not think this cat is enjoying it much either. Who can convince me that their is something good about this cold, dark season I would love to know?
I would love to see every one of my students going to our blog everyday and writing! You can do this from home or from school! Write, write, write! Publish work that you have created in another class, or something that you wrote last year or the year before! Share your thoughts, your ideas, your stories, your experiences, your knowledge, your interests! Let your friends and family know to come to our blog and add comments! Who knows maybe you will become a famous reporter or author! You’ve got to love it!
What are your thoughts about posting pictures of yourself or others online? If someone takes a picture of you would you like them to post your picture without your permission? When is it okay to post pictures online and when would you not want your picture posted? Is there ever an age that it is okay? Add your comments below.
- Create an Avatar for your comments – Use the ArtRage picture you created of yourself last year or create another one. The size of the Avatar needs to be 97 pixels by 97 pixels.
- Writing Idea – When do you think it is appropriate for kids to use real photos of themselves on their blogs and why? Andrea wrote a great response in March this year.
- Ignite to Write – Visit this website and leave a comment on the topic posted. Look at the other topics to write about at Ignite to Write. Comment below letting me know if their is a writing topic that you would like to see us use on our blog.
- Create a Voki – Visit this website and have the Voki talk about a place you would love to visit. Give at least three reasons why. Try to use an appropriate background for the Voki relating to that place. Don’t actually tell us the place eg Egypt, let your readers guess from the information you mention.
- Update your profile – change your password. Under the “Info About Me” come up with at least 5 descriptive words to describe your character or personality.
- Nuts and Bolts of Blogs – Learn all about Categories,Post Tags, and the difference between Draft and Submit. Leave a comment here about what a well written post looks like.
- Guidelines – What do you think should be some guidelines we follow when we post to our blog or others? Leave a comment here.
- Think about something important you have learned outside of school – remember we should all be life long learners not just learners while at school. How did you learn it? Why is it important to you? Who or what taught you about it? How has this learning helped you in your life? Create a post to share.