You will create your own avatar to represent you. You can choose to make it look like you -- or not! Making a digital avatar is a fun way to create and express yourself online. Click on one of the sites below to get started!
We will use your avatar throughout the year for certain projects. When you create your own blog, you can upload your avatar to display in places where you leave comments and next to posts you publish. Avatars can also be used to develop characters for your writing, to create an image to illustrate a story, song or poem or to help demonstrate learning in a presentation.
When you're finished creating your avatar, leave a comment explaining your choice. Why did you create it the way you did? Were there other things you wish you could've added? Make sure you write the computer's number that you worked on.
Which information is okay to share online? Staying safe on the Internet is a lot like staying safe in the real world. There are certain kinds of information you should keep to yourself when you use the Internet -- just like you would if you met a stranger.
Private information is PRIVATE and should only be shared with people you trust, like your parents. If there is someone else you trust like an aunt, uncle or teacher, you should always ask a parent or caregiver before you give out private information.
Private information includes:
Some information is okay to share. Information that teaches people more about you but does not reveal your identity is generally okay. Some examples include:
Can you think of more examples of personal information? If so, leave a comment below sharing personal information about you. What are your likes and interests?
This year I registered our school to participate in the student blogging challenge! What is it you ask?! And why?! The Student Blogging Challenge (STUBC) runs from October 6 until the end of November. It is made up of a series of 8 weekly tasks designed to improve blogging and commenting skills, while connecting students with a global audience. It's a great way for students to develop their understanding of the world while authentically learning about digital citizenship and how to use technology safely and productively.
The challenge has run twice a year since 2008. It's a safe and fun experience for everyone. The challenge is hosted by Australian educators/bloggers, Kathleen Morris and Sue Waters with support from founding teacher, Sue Wyatt, and Edublogs.
A challenge will be posted each week on the Student Blogging Challenge website. Classes will then publish their responses as a blog post and/or comment. A team of approved commenters who work in education will systematically comment on the students' posts to offer an authentic audience.
We welcome families to get involved. Feel free to read posts and comment.
The Weekly Process Explained
Leave a comment to let me know your thoughts about the STUBC. What are your thoughts about the challenge? Who are you most excited about connecting with?
This year all students and their parents will need to read the technology contract and sign it in order for students to begin working on the computers. A hardcopy will be sent home with students during the week of 9/16-9/20. If you have any questions about this, please let me know.
It's going to be a great year! If you're as excited as I am and want to tell me what you're MOST excited about, leave a comment below. You could also let me know if there’s anything specific you’re interested in learning this year. Looking forward to seeing you in September.
About this Blog
This blog is used by students in grades 2-4 -- though their families may comment as well.
Class Blog Benefits
Blog Comment Guidelines
1. Ensure your comment is relevant, appropriate and kind.
2. Do not reveal any private information about yourself or others in your post.
3. Use correct spelling, punctuation, grammar and spacing.
4. Always proofread your comment before posting. If you're writing a comment at home, have a parent proofread it with you.