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Senior Blogging Project: Animoto Video Example

Posted by Sasha Johnson on May 12, 2011

Before the school year comes to a close, I’d like to help you all add videos to your class blogs. I will be asking Josh and Cody today to help set this up and direct the production while the rest of the class works on developing their blogs, researching or writing new posts. Here is an example of a video I created with Animoto, a free online video maker.

You’ll have to let it buffer before you play it.  Can you find my one typo?  (Oops!)

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Senior Blogging Project: Create a cartoon

Posted by Sasha Johnson on May 11, 2011

Today you’re going to use a new online tool to explore your future with humor.  You will use ToonDoo to create a cartoon about your goals and plans, or your future in general.  After you create your cartoon, post it on your blog by copying the code into a new post.  Ask me for details.

Enjoy!

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Senior blogging project: Using Popplet to organize your plans

Posted by Sasha Johnson on May 9, 2011

Today we are going to learn how to use Popplet, a free online mind-mapping tool, to help you organize your ideas. I have an example below which I created just this morning. To make one for yourself, just go to Popplet to try it out!

For our class purposes, you will be using Popplet to create a outline of your immediate plans for life after high school.  What will you do?  Break it up into three or four steps, then add small goals to each one of the steps.  Include pictures from Find Icons.com.

When you have completed your mind map using Popplet, you can take the html code and embed it into your blog and display it for others to see!  When you get to that step, see me and I’ll give you a how-to on that.

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Senior Blogging Project

Posted by Sasha Johnson on April 27, 2011

Hi everybody,

I would like to remind you of the various steps you should be following as you create your own blog.  I would also like to share with you a website where you can get free-use images (the use of which doesn’t infringe on copyright laws) to use on your blogs.  Images are an important addition to creating an interesting blog.

  1. By now, you should have created a user name and password.  If your site gets labeled as spam and you can’t access it, just let me know and I will take care of it.
  2. By now you should have customized your blog by choosing a theme from either the free or Pro themes.  Because I have a pro account, I can disable all the advertisements on my students’ blogs and give you access to the Pro themes, so be sure to pick something amazing.  Note:  Be sure to pick a theme which has a two-column design.  I am adding links to your classmates’ blogs to all of your blogs.  If your theme has a single-column design, this is impossible and the links will not show up.
  3. All of you have had at least one day to create your first blog post.  In it, you should have introduced yourself and your topic.  I will let you know if your blog post should be amended by leaving a comment on your post.  You can then go in and edit your post and delete my comment.
  4. If you have completed steps 1-4, you are ready to begin researching your profession and adding posts and links about it to your blog.  Spend time online looking for other websites which help you learn about your chosen profession.  You might find professional websites, school websites, personal blogs by people who write about their job, or newspaper articles online related to your job.  When you find interesting information, write a post about what you found or learned and link to the website you found by creating a link within your blog post, like this:  Check out this cool website for learning German vocabulary!
  5. Here is one website where you can find free-use images for your blog:  Wikimedia Commons. 
  6. Check out the Best Student Blogs for examples of what you can do with your blog. 

Enjoy blogging on your research!

Mrs. Johnson

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