Welcome back!

Howdy Year 7s!

Hopefully you have had a relaxing and enjoyable break, and are keen to get back into your learning.

One thing we would like to remind you of is the guidelines for blogging, which are available in this page of our blog. Don’t forget about these as they are one of our strategies for staying safe in cyberspace.

Voki and clustrmap instructions

Here are the instructions for how to add a:

Voki: http://help.edublogs.org/2009/08/10/adding-a-voki-speaking-avatar-to-your-blog-sidebar/

Clustrmap: http://help.edublogs.org/2009/08/10/adding-a-clustrmaps-to-your-blog-sidebar-using-the-clustrmaps-widget/

It is easiest if you work with a partner – one have the instructions on their screen while the other adds the widget, and then swap.

How to really liven up your blog

There are lots of things you can do to make your blog look interesting and appealing. Some of them involve adding “widgets” to your side bar – these are in the dashboard under “Appearance”.

Have a go at creating any of these:

–          an avatar (use www.doppelme.com or similar)

–          a voki – an avatar that moves and speaks (www.voki.com)

–          flag counter (http://s09.flagcounter.com/)

–          clustrmap / revolver map (www.clustrmaps.com and www.revolvermaps.com)

Brain basics

In the next few weeks in iLearn, you will be learning a bit about the brain and how it influences learning.

One thing you will do is find out about your learning style. You will do this by completing the survey at this link:

http://people.usd.edu/~bwjames/tut/learning-style/stylest.html

If this link doesn’t work, then you can try the link below instead – you’ll need to put your email address in but you won’t need to check your email to get the results:

http://www.howtolearn.com/learning-styles-quiz

iLearn – Wednesday 9th May

Here are the links to the blogs that you should have a look at. You then need to make a post on your own blog, commenting about the pros and cons of some of these blogs. Include a link in your post to the blog that you are reviewing.

Check out some of these:
http://sportingjournal.com.au (Australian teenage sports reporter)
http://rdart.tigblog.org/ (blog about overseas volunteer work by a teacher from our school from last year – Rob Dart)
http://skekyl2011.global2.vic.edu.au (random student blog about AFL)
http://charliemcdonnell.com (young English blogger / youtuber and musician)
http://chloe95219.global2.vic.edu.au (student blog from Hawkesdale P12)
http://huzzah.edublogs.org (grade 6/7 blog from Canada)
www.footytragic.com (AFL Dream Team blog)
https://twittgoesafghan.wordpress.com (blog about Afghanistan by Mr Twitt’s brother)

 Once you have made a post or two on your own blog, see if you can add a “Flag counter” to your blog. You will need to:

  1.  Go to http://s09.flagcounter.com/ 
  2. Copy the code for websites that appears once you have created your flag counter (Note: you do NOT need to register – skip that step)
  3. Go to your blog –> Dashboard –> Appearance –> Widgets
  4. Add a “Text” widget to your sidebar
  5. Paste the code into this widget
  6. Save changes and view your blog to see if it worked

Hawkesdale students run a master class

Thanks to the year 7 students from Hawkesdale P-12 College, our year 7 students have started off their own blogs!

In a mammoth session of blogging, the Hawkesdale year 7 class helped approximately 130 Warrnambool College students activate their blogs, make their first blog post, and comment on each other’s blogs. Thank you so much to the Hawkesdale students and their teachers, Britt Gow and Melissa Davey. (Ms Gow wrote about the lead up to the event here: http://brittgow.global2.vic.edu.au/2012/04/19/blogging-buddies-at-warrnambool-college/)

Some photos from the day: