Blog Challenge Activites

Activity 1: Set up your blog

  1. UPDATE YOUR PROFILE
    • Update your name.
    • Change your password.
    • Update your contact information.
  2. UPLOAD YOUR AVATAR
    • Select a photo or create your avatar using an online tool.
    • Resize your image to 200 pixels wide by 200 pixels high.
    • Upload and crop the image
  3. CHECK YOUR SETTINGS
    • Select your timezone
  4. CUSTOMIZE YOUR BLOG THEME TO YOUR COURSE
    • Change your theme, header (course name)and background.

Activity 2: Create your first blog post (sensemaking artifact) and comment on other blog posts.

  1.  Create a blog post (sensemaking artifact)that provides some understanding of why you love to teach. What gets you up in the morning? What’s your core reason for doing what you do? Everybody has a reason WHY, but we can lose sight of our WHY, and so we want you to reclaim and embrace it!
    • Write an attention grabbing title
    • Insert a link
    • Use short paragraphs
    • Write the first sentence of each paragraph to make your readers want to read the rest of the paragraph.
  2. Comment on another learners blog post by analyzing OR asking a question that proposes answers.
    • Your comment takes something from the artifact and analyzes it. It might make a criticism, an observation an interpretation, or draw a conclusion
    • Your comment is a question that proposes answers. The good question asks “why” and “how” and demonstrates you have thought about, and have done some research, on the question. Answers are proposed and asked for feedback.

Activity 3: Share your WHY in a visual format.

  1. Create a blog post that includes a still image you create (this could be a photo of you holding up a sign – or something more imaginative, of course) that provides some understanding of why you love to teach.
  2. Tell us a bit more about your WHY.
  3. Comment on another learners image blog post.
    • Your comment takes something from the artifact and analyzes it. It might make a criticism, an observation an interpretation, or draw a conclusion.
    • Your comment is a question that proposes answers. The good question asks “why” and “how” and demonstrates you have thought about, and have done some research, on the question. Answers are proposed and asked for feedback

Activity 4: Embed a video in a post.

  1. Create a short clip, around 3-5 seconds in length, that provides some understanding of why you love to teach
  2. Upload your clip to YouTube.
  3.  How to upload a video to YouTube 
  4. Embed your clip in a blog post, and tell us a bit more about your WHY.
  5. Embedding Videos from Video Sharing Websites
  6. Comment on another learners blog post.
    • Your comment takes something from the artifact and analyzes it. It might make a criticism, an observation an interpretation, or draw a conclusion.
    • Your comment is a question that proposes answers. The good question asks “why” and “how” and demonstrates you have thought about, and have done some research, on the question. Answers are proposed and asked for feedback.

Activity 5: Create Pages and Menus

  1. Create a Course About Page that includes your course syllabus.
  2. Create a personal About Page that includes your posts about why you teach.
  3. Create a custom menu and add the pages you just created.

Activity 6:  Set up your widgets, tags and categories

Please complete the following:

  1. Setup your blogs sidebars and make necessary changes.
    • Remove unnecessary widgets you don’t need.
    • Add the custom menu widget. Add the menu to the custom menu widget that contains your 2 about me pages you create in activity 5.
  2. Create categories- go to Posts > Categories and set up the names of the new categories. Name one catagory about me.
    1. Assign your about me category to your why I teach posts using the Quick Edit action link menu in Posts > Edit.
  3. Add your Category widget t to your blog side bar
    • Remember categories won’t display in your Category widget until they have been assigned to a post
  4. Create a blog post called “Set up your widgets, tags and categories” and describe step-by step what you did what you did.