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Lots of fun games

Posted by Miss W. on 22nd May 2012

I was checking my Google reader for the blogs I subscribe to and found a link to this games site.

Check out the games for a certain grade group.  For example you might look at the grade 6  games.

Play at least three different games from different subject areas.

Do you agree with the star rating they have provided?

Which game did you enjoy the most and why?

Leave your answer in a comment.

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Week 1 – Ready to blog

Posted by Miss W. on 19th February 2012

Now is the time to begin your unknown journey into the world of blogging. Read and follow instructions carefully. Ask members of your team if unsure.

During the first week of the new semester, you will need to check if you have completed the following things.

Activity 1: Change your email signature.

Log onto your computer. Then from the school intranet page, right click, open email in a new tab. Change your signature by click on options> edit your signature> make it look like this

  • John Doe – your name
  • 6/7H Mrs Stag – your class and home group teacher’s name
  • 2012

then save and close twice.

Activity 2: Create a Blogging folder on your home drive.

Click on start icon on bottom left corner> click on computer> double click on your own network drive> right click then open ‘New’> Folder>name folder as blog2012

Activity 3: How to open a new document

From inside your blog2012 folder> right click on new>choose now which type of document you will be using eg Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Excel

To rename actually open the document, now go to top left Office button>save as whatever you will call your document.

Activity 4: Create an ‘about page’ that will be put in your blog later.

Check out these student about pages. Notice they have been aware of  internet safety – not mentioned surname, school, town they live in, email address

  • Teegan from New Zealand age 11
  • Katy from USA age 13
  • Anna from Australia age 12
  • Daniel from Australia age 12
  • Alanna from Australia age 12
  • Georgia from Australia age 12

Open a Word document, rename as an “About Page” for you to use in your blog when you have one. Remember every three or so minutes to save your work. When you have completely finished your ‘About’ page activity, save your document.

Write your own ‘About’ page or if you already have one, update your ‘About’ page in your blog.

Activity 5: Email your document to your classroom teacher

  • Open a new email.
  • In To box, put in your  teacher’s email address. New students, please add Miss Wyatt’s email address too.
  •  In Subject box, put my about page.
  • In the body of the email, mention what you are sending your teacher. Also include a sentence asking for a blog to be created or telling your teacher that you already have a blog. eg
    • Hi Miss W, I am sending you my about page. Could you please create me a blog to start using next week? Thank you.
  • In icons, find the paperclip and click, choose your file to attach by clicking on browse, (go to folder and find your document), click attach, then close.
  • On your email, you should now see an attachment underlined, click send.

Activity 6: Change our ‘Kids in the Mid’ about page

Look at these class blogs ‘About’ pages. What do you think would need to be included in our ‘About’ page for ‘Kids in the Mid’ to represent us in 2012?

Still got time left this week? Check out the links under challenges on the left sidebar.

  • Visit the student blogging challenge for March this year and visit some students who will be taking part.
  • Visit Downunder Squirrel’s blog and create an avatar using paint or something similar. Attach to an email and send to Miss W.
  • Visit Davo the Devil’s blog and leave a comment about a visit to a student.
  • Visit the blogs of some of your friends in other classes. Leave them a comment on a post you found interesting.

Leave a comment at the end of this post telling us three things we should include in our ‘About’ page for Kids in the Mid. 

Image: ‘Long Train Home – Explored!

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The Malware Menace

Posted by Mrs H. on 23rd November 2011

Computers are like people…they can get sick with viruses, malware, spyware, adware.
Malware is one of the reasons Tasmania’s Education Department blocks certain websites so we can’t use them.
What is malware? How does it get into our computer and what can we do to stop it?
The powerpoint below was created by Tami Brass for her students. It gives a basic explanation of what malware is, how our computers can be affected by it, and how to avoid it.
After looking at the powerpoint presentation and discussing it with your class, write a post telling your readers what malware is and the sorts of things you need to do to prevent it attacking your computer.

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Posted by shaynec1 on 7th November 2011

In the Dictionary all words are organised under in alphabetical order. In your wardrobe at home clothes are placed in particular draws and hanging areas…in other words ‘organised’. At school your work is organised into specific books for each subject. On your IPOD music is stored in categories for ease of retrieval.

This is what we call ‘categorising’ which effectively enables us to more quickly find and retrieve things we are looking for. This is even more important as we collect ever more material and store it! Well organised ‘bloggers’ also categorise all their posts.

Some students have already found this mechanism for placing their posts etc into categories.Have a quick check on some of your friends blogs who have already created categories to see how effective  using categories is can be.


When you write a post your final action is to hit the blue coloured  ‘Publish’ button on the right hand side of your Dashboard so it is saved on your blog. If you LOOK carefully just under that blue button you will  a section named ‘Categories’.  You will see various suggestions for ‘categories like; Home, Friends, School, Sport, Music and others. You can also make up other names for post categories that suit your posts. So when you write your next post, and  BEFORE you ‘Publish ‘it, click on the required category and the post will be saved under that heading. SIMPLE!


Again, this is quite easy. All you need to do is go to your Dashboard and bring up ALL POSTS. Then select the post you want to’ categorise’ by clicking the ‘QUICK EDIT’ button. Then you can click on the categor/ies you require and finally hit the ‘UPDATE’ button.  Now, go through your posts and place them in categories you choose……

WEll DONE TO EVERYONE for completing this task today!

Mr Clark.

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Post from Davo Devil

Posted by Miss W. on 5th October 2011

G’day students at Kids in the Mid. Thanks very much for promoting my blog while I am travelling around Canada/USA with Miss W.

We have already visited some classes. Check out the posts they wrote about us with Ms Thordarson, Mrs Hembree and Mrs Smith .

Since we visited all those classes, they have been asking lots of questions especially about Australia here on my blog. I was wondering, if any of you had time, if you could research the questions and leave some answers for the students.

If you have any questions about Canada or USA then add your questions on those pages.

Also one student from Mrs Hembree’s school has only just started his blog – perhaps you could visit him especially if you like star wars.

Breaking News Breaking News Breaking News

Miss W bought another little Tasmanian Devil that she is going to give away to the student at her school who participates the most in leaving comments, asking questions and answering questions on my blog. In the lead so far is Chloe aka Clem.

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Pingback Pressure

Posted by Mrs H. on 21st September 2011

Ayers Rock/Uluru Sunset, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory, AustraliaA pingback is when you are notified that someone has put a link to your blog in their blog. This means you can tell when you have been linked and can make a comment on their blog or just read what they have written.

Your job is to complete the following task, with a link to Mr Devil‘s post, ‘See the Sea’ , so he receives a pingback and can respond.

Mr Davo Devil recently wrote a post on his blog about some of the amazing places he has been visiting in the USA. Some of the places even reminded him and Miss W. of places they have seen in Tasmania!

Imagine you are in charge of organising someone’s holiday in Australia.

Where would you recommend they visit?

What activities would you recommend they do?

Using the internet to help you, find some places and activities for a visitor who has never been to Australia before.

For each place and activity you will need the following information:

* location

* brief description of the place/activity

* reason for visiting the place/doing the activity

* images of the location/activity

Post the information to your blog, remembering to mention Mr Davo Devil and his post with a link.

If you are not sure how to add a link, take a look at the post Miss W. put up last term ‘Adding links to posts’.


Image: ‘Ayers Rock/Uluru Sunset, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory, Australia’ by Digital Reflections

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Adding images

Posted by Miss W. on 31st August 2011

Last week, you learnt how to create a link on your post. Your readers could click on the link and it would take them to another website or blog.

This week we are going to look at linking images in your posts. Images certainly make posts more interesting to read especially when the image relates to the information in the post.

Can you use any images that are on the internet? The answer is definitely NO!!

But can’t I just go to Google search and use images from there? The answer is definitely NO!!

Not all images on the internet are free for everyone to use. Some newspapers have paid a lot of money for a photographer to take images for their newspaper articles and if you want to use these images, you might have to pay money to either the newspaper or photographer. These photos or blog/website articles are usually called COPYRIGHT.

But there are some photographers who take photos that are free for others to re-use or mix or use for public display. These images have a CREATIVE COMMONS license. Check out this website for information about Creative Commons. Each country has slightly different licenses.

If you get images from Flickr, then here are what the different licenses mean (Thanks Sue Waters from Edublogs for this image)

Notice, whatever license you use, you HAVE to attribute the original author. This means you have to acknowledge the person who created the original image. At the end of your blog post, or linked within the post,  you must attribute the image and you must link the photo back to its original photo page.

Well, how can I safely find images to use in my posts?

Check out Miss T’s blog for lots of places to get photos. They might not all be creative commons so be careful to check out the license involved.


When using flickrcc, you right click on the photo and copy the image location or image URL. Paste this in first when you upload. Then choose where photo will be on post: left or right are good choices. Now go back to the image on flickrcc and copy the http:// part above the photo. Put this in the section: link image to. Remember finally to add the attribution at the end of the post.





When using Compfight, make sure on the left sidebar you have the following in black: tags only, creative commons, show originals and safe.

Once you have found an image you want to use, click on it. You will now go to the image in flickr. Make sure you only use the small or medium size image.






When using Pics4Learning the images are often very large. You might have to download to your computer hard drive, then resize. Remember still to give attribution about where you found the image.


Now for some fun with images

1. Write a post explaining the differences in creative commons licenses. Include an image from Flickrcc giving correct attribution.

2. If you have used images in posts already, go back and give correct attribution or find new images to use with attribution.

3. Write a post about your favourite colour. Find three images and include them in a gallery – check here how to upload and insert a gallery into your blog.

4. Write a sentence using only images – give attribution at end of post.

5. Write a post explaining how to insert images in a post. Include some good sites to find images that are creative commons.



Attribution for images used in this post.

Creative commons license by Sue Waters

Los Angeles from the air by Marshall Astor

Establishing Shot: The 405 by Atwater Village Newbie

Mission Beach Boardwalk by Melinda Kolk


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Adding links in posts

Posted by Miss W. on 24th August 2011

One of the most important skills you need to know when blogging is how to:

  • link to other people’s websites,  blogs and photos

Let’s look at creating a link.

You recently visited another blog such as “The Blogger’s Cafe” , “Student Blogging Challenge” or “Travelling with Mr Davo Devil“. While you were there you got a great idea for a post you could write about on your blog eg the parks we have in our local area.

When you write your post about the parks, it is polite to acknowledge that you got the idea from another blog. To do this, you include a link back to the post  where you got the idea.

So how do you add a link? Sue Waters, from Edublogs, does this very well, so I am going to have you visit her post about linking.


To prove to your ICT teachers that you can add links in your posts (this is part of your checklist activities), write a post about linking and why it is important. Add links in the post to both this Kids in the Mid post and also to Sue Water’s post.

Also write a post about visiting three of your school friends’ blogs. Write about a post you enjoyed reading in their blogs and create a link back to that post.

This might start like this:

Today I visited Isabella’s blog and read her post about the Scout and Guide regatta. Reading that brought back memories of the times I also went to Snug for the regatta when I was in Guides.

Looking at Isabella’s blog, did she link correctly in her posts? How can you tell if she did or not?

Or maybe you could write a post about joining the student blogging challenge. Make sure you include a link to the post about registering and also a link to the page with the student participants (Check in header area). Mention some activities you think we should do in the challenge. Maybe you have started visiting other student blogs from overseas. What did you enjoy about their blog posts?


Image: ‘Rust n Green

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Create your own story book

Posted by Miss W. on 17th August 2011

Miss W. showed her literacy class a great website for creating your own stories. If you want to join Storybird, then see Miss W who will add you to the middle school account.

Here is the book Miss W. created.

Sleeptime countdown on Storybird

What genre of book would you create? What would be the basic storyline?

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Week 3 involves avatars

Posted by Miss W. on 7th August 2011

Your first seven activities included:

  • creating an email signature
  • learning how to create folders and documents on your school computer hard drive
  • looking at student about pages and creating yours on Word
  • attaching your Word document to an email asking for a blog to be created for you to use and sending it to your ICT teacher
  • looking at class about pages and recommending in a comment what we should include on our ‘Kids in the Mid’ about page or for Mr Devil’s about page

Your next six activities included:

  • learning to log into your blog
  • changing settings such as password, appearance and widgets
  • editing your about page
  • writing a post
  • leaving a comment

Now someone else is going to help you this week to create an avatar.


Once you are starting to create online, you often need to have a special identity. This is usually in the form of an avatar. You created them for World Maths Day, you have them in Facebook and, of course, you have them when leaving comments on blogs. So, this week’s activities relate to avatars and online identities including creating a positive digital footprint.

Activity 1 – make an avatar

Step 1. Create an avatar for your blog and for you to use when leaving comments.

Avatars are a representation of yourself. Check out this post about avatars.  Create your avatar using one of the websites below. Sue Waters from ‘The Edublogger‘ has written a great post about avatars, including giving instructions on how to save them and then upload to an ‘Edublogs’ blog. Many of the sites mentioned below are included in her post.

Most important is remember to save as a jpeg file if using Edublogs.

MyHero[1] avatar2 avatar3 avatarbig

Any age can use these avatar sites:

From abi-station:

But over 13, need parental or guardian permission for these.

14 or older with parental permission

Step 2. Using printscreen to save your avatar or use the snipping tool

So you decided to create an avatar like “Hero Factory” or “Build your wildself” or “Mini Mizer” where you can’t save it easily. You need to take a picture of the screen first. Most computers have a printscreen button on the keyboard or if using Windows 7 you have an icon called “snipping tool”.

When you press printscreen or use the snipping tool an image of your screen or part of it  is now copied to your clipboard. You will still need to crop and resize to get an avatar that fits well on your blog.

Open MS Paint and click control V to paste your image from the clipboard. To save, you need to go to File>Save As> change the name of the file to yourname with ava eg  sueava then underneath change the file type to JPEG. Make sure you save your avatar to your drive.

Go to your drive, right click on the icon for your avatar image and choose “Open with” choose MS Picture Manager. This might be in Microsoft office tools.

In the icons at the top, go to View> task pane.  On the right go to edit pictures > crop.  Now move the black bars on the side of your image in, to crop your picture to what you want in your avatar.

Click OK, then back to edit pictures. Now click on resize. In the box “custom width and height” put  97 in both boxes. These numbers might be slightly different but one has to be 97 and the other smaller than 97. Click OK.

Back up to file>save as> call it sueava2 or similar> make sure it is still JPEG. Make sure you have saved it to your drive again.

Step 3. Upload avatar to your Edublogs blog

Now to upload to your blog.  Go to your dashboard> users>your avatar> browse to find your image on your school H drive>alternate upload.  This is your comment avatar.

Now for your blog avatar. Dashboard>appearance>widget> blog avatar drag to your sidebar.  To upload the avatar, dashboard>settings>blog avatar> browse to find your image on your school H drive>alternate upload. Go to your blog page and refresh. Your blog avatar should appear on your blog now.

If it now looks like a black coloured square then you haven’t cropped the image to the correct size in step 2 using printscreen. Or maybe you didn’t save the image as a JPEG in step 2 using printscreen.

Activity 2 – Write a post describing your avatar.

How much does it look like you? What sort of personality does your avatar have? What makes it typically you? Remember to include your avatar as an image in your post.

Activity 3 – Register for the student blogging challenge

The first set of activities will soon be published for the blogging challenge. There could be over 1000 students from 16 countries taking part, most of them your age. Make sure you get ready to complete the first activities.

Activity 4 – Visit 10 student blogs in the challenge where you have the same interests.

Write a post telling me who you visited and what post you commented on in their blog. Why did you comment on that post?

Extra activity – Create 9 different avatars and save them to your H drive.

Now create an animoto with your images to embed in your blog – remember to get a special code from Miss W. if you create lots of avatars.

If you don’t want to create an animoto, then add the avatars in a gallery to your blog post. Check out how Max created his animoto.


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