July 23, 2015
by msnathan

Connecting with other blogs


Image found here

The whole idea of blogging is that you can connect with people around the world, developing friendships, collaborating and sharing ideas. We have gotten pretty good at writing blogs, so today I would like you to think about the connecting side of things. Below are some links to various student blogs for you to explore and comment on.

Think about the why of blog commenting. What is the purpose? How can you compose an effective comment? Does it need to be long to be good? What information must be included? Use our commenting guidelines to help keep you on track.


Student Blogging Challenge participants

Our Student Blogs (an Australian class).

Mrs Rombach Reads

You could also go and check out the blogs of people that have commented on yours or our class blog!

Extra for Experts

– Write a blog post sharing some of the new blogs you’ve found.

– Add a blogroll of favourite blogs or sites not from our class to your blog

May 24, 2014
by msnathan

Homework Week 3-4: Due Thursday 29th, May

international-herald-tribuneImage found here.

For our homework this week we are going to analyse the news. As a critical thinker is important that we engage with the news, ask questions, look deeper, reflect on and even disagree sometimes with the news we read. That is how we can have a deeper understanding of what is going on in the world around us. This is participating and contributing and that is one of our key competencies. Remember, that even the most unbiased news article is still only one persons version of events!

1. Choose an online news article* to analyse and make sure that it either has a photo or you can find one elsewhere that relates to the story. Here are some places to look: Stuff, Scoop, NZ Herald, Dominion Post, The Guardian, The Wireless, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, A Mighty Girl, TIME For Kids, The Learning Network (NYT), Nick News, DOGO News.

2. Write a blog post on your blog that includes an image about your news story, a link to the original story and a brief summary of the story in your own words. You can include your ideas, thoughts and opinions in your summary.

3. In the blog post, after your summary, use the thinking hats to analyse the story. You can talk about the news event itself but you also might want to talk about how the journalist has written about the event. What messages were they trying to get across and how do you know? Do you agree or disagree with how they’ve reported it? Why?

4. Include a ‘call to action’ in your blog post either at the end, beginning or even more than once that encourages the reader to comment on your post and engage with what you’re writing. It could be a general ask for peoples thoughts or you might have something more specific in mind.

5. Comment on 5 other blog posts about the news from our class. Use the blog commenting rubric below to make sure the comments you leave are interesting, engaging and are thinking beyond just what you read.

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 11.08.12 pmImage from Mrs Bradshaws Class, click to enlarge.

*You could also chose or link to multiple articles about the same issue, if you want to show more than one point of view. You can also include more than one photo or even video in your blog post.

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