March Newsletter

I have added a new page to the blog – a Monthly Newsletter page. I will be putting the monthly newsletter here as well as sending a hard copy home with each student. In case the newsletter gets lost at the bottom of your son/daughter’s bookbag, here is a place you can find the newsletter. Click on “Newsletter” at the top of this page to see March’s newsletter.


Vote for Best Student Blogs


Congratulations to all of you on the outstanding work you’ve done for the 2013 Edublogs Student Blogging Competition. All of you have come so far since starting to blog in September.

This year is a first for me. FOUR of you have been nominated as Best Student Blog. You obviously have been recognized worldwide as having an awesome blog.

Our nominees for our class are: Abby, AlexHailee and Rachel.

Visit The Edublogs Student Awards Site to see a list and current ranking of all of the nominees. Make sure you VOTE everyday until December 18th. You should vote from HOME, not school as they track individual IP addresses. You’re only allowed to vote once a day.

You should send this out to your social media friends and ask them to vote for our nominees. (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) Make sure you leave a link to the voting page which is linked to HERE as well as the four nominees’ names.


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2013 Year in Review

The Year in 60 Seconds is a video from Reuters featuring images and some sound bites of the year’s biggest global news stories. I found this video on The English Blog. As Jeffrey Hill mentioned on his post, the video makes you wonder if anything good happened in 2011. (There hasn’t been one made yet for 2013).

Your Task:

Creat your own “Year in Review” video using Animoto.

Try to find a variety of images / video clips of important and major events from Canada and around the world.

Post the video on your blog with a brief description of why you chose the images you did.

Then, write a paragraph responding to this question and post it on your blog:

What was the most world changing event of 2013?

Here are some samples last year’s videos and responses from my Grade 7/8 class from a few years ago.

Olivia – Surviving 2011 in 48 Seconds
AlexandraV – The Year of 2011 in 46 Seconds
Alexandra – We Survived 2011 – In 48 Seconds
Alex – 2011 in 43 Seconds
Simone – We Survived! 2011 in 51 Seconds
Jared – 2011 Year in Review
Dawson – Famous Deaths in 2011


Challenge 10 – Auditing Your Blog

10Challenge 10 has finally arrived! It’s hard to believe we’ve been blogging for 3 months already!

There are two parts to this week’s challenge 10:

  1. auditing your own blog (create a post for your blog)
  2. evaluating the challenge (fill in a form on the Challenge website)

Part 1 – This is an audit of your blog since the beginning of September 2013.

  • How many posts did you write?
  • How many were school based, your own interests or set by the challenge?
  • How many comments did you receive from classmates, teachers or overseas students?
  • Which post received the most comments? Why do you think that happened?
  • Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why?
  • Did you change blog themes at all and why?
  • How many widgets do you have? Do you think this is too many or not enough?
  • How many overseas students do you have on your blogroll?

Now ask another student and teacher/parent from your school who might not have read your blog to do an audit.

Sit beside them while they navigate around your blog, record what you observe as they interact with your blog. When finished, ask them the following questions:

  • What were your first impressions of this blog?
  • What captured your attention?
  • What distracted you on the blog?
  • What suggestions can you give me to improve my blog?

Write a post about your blog audit.

Part 2 Evaluating the Challenge

Go to the Challenge 10 post (link above) and fill in the form. This is to give Ms. W feedback on the Blog Challenge you’ve participated in. Make sure you thank her for organizing this for us!

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Nominations Now Open for 2013 Edublogs Awards

466980013_82bd44590a_oPlease make sure you nominate the sites you want to this week. Nominations close NOVEMBER 30.

You MUST have a post that explains WHY you want to nominate the site(s) (student and/or class blog) you have chosen.

CLICK HERE to fill in the form for your nominations. Make sure your post is finished and posted before doing this.

Here are some things to remember from Ms. W’s post on the Challenge site:

  1.  Nominate in both categories if you want!
  2. You can’t nominate yourself ;)
  3. Nominations must be made somewhere public – your blog, a forum on a ning, a school website, etc.
  4. Even if  your favourite has already been nominated, it is best to nominate them again
  5. Categories are competitive, and only the most nominated will make it to the voting round

You must also have the URL of the blog you’re nominating to put in the form as well.

Good luck!

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Using Audacity and Adding Royalty-Free Music to Podcasts

musicPart of your Culminating Activity for Science is creating a PSA (Public Service Announcement).

You’ll be using Audacity to create the PSA.

You may add a short clip of music at the beginning or end (or both) of your PSA.

I have a few links to sites on my site that have royalty-free (legal) music which you can download and include in your PSA.


Freeplay Music and Incompetech are excellent places to find free music.


Remember, your PSA only needs to be 30 seconds to 1 minute long, so don’t fill up the entire PSA with music. Use it as background if you wish.

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To Do Today (November 18)

to do listBefore you begin working on your nomination posts for the Edublog Student Challenge awards, please complete the following activities in Blended Learning.

Remember, your login and password are THE SAME as you used to log in to the computer.

When you’ve finished the Blended Learning activities, you can start on the Challenge 9 B activities for this week. (The post is below).

There are no written assignments to go with these tasks; they are Interactive Learning Activities. Please make sure you spend enough time on each activity. These are excellent review for your upcoming test (especially in Science!)

I’ve put this post on the Grade 7 home page in the Blended Learning site as well.

Blended Learning Geography:

Unit 1, Activity 4 – Movement

CONTENT – Barriers to Migration Interactive Learning Activity

Blended Learning Science:

Unit 1, Activity 4 – Nature’s Recycling

CONTENT – Earth Cycles – Interactive Learning Activity

Unit 1, Activity 5 – Activity 5 – Change in Ecosystems – Ecological Succession

CONTENT – Primary and Secondary Succession – Interactive Learning Activity

CONTENT – Primary Succession on a Glacial Moraine – Interactive Learning Activity


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Student Challenge – Week 9 – Part B

9This week, you’ll be nominating a blog for the Edublogs Student Challenge. You can nominate up to four blogs for an award. Each blog is nominated by you writing a post about the blog you’re going to nominate. Read VERY carefully the instructions on this post at the Challenge website.


In order for your nomination to count, you MUST do the following.

  1. Write a post on your blog nominating one blog.
  2. Give reasons for the nomination, why you think it is a great blog.
  3. You cannot nominate your own blog.
  4. In your post, include a link to the blog of the person you are nominating.
  5. When you have published your post, go back to the Challenge 9 Part B post and fill out the form at the bottom of the page for EACH POST / NOMINATION. Your nomination will not count, unless you fill in the form below.

You may only nominate one blog for each category. There are other categories you could use such as new blog and individual blog.

Look at for a list of the categories.

Once you nominate a blog (or blogs) the results will be compiled. Then, a short list of nominated blogs for each category will be posted in a week or so for everyone to vote on.

Getting nominated is a great honour. Please make sure you nominate a blog that is truly a good blog.

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