Mrs. Campagna's Class

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Blogging Challenge #3! Adding Images




My new laptop: Black Asus EEE PC Nathanael Coyne via Compfight

Think back to when Mrs. Martin visited our class. Do you remember what she said about adding images to your blogs?  She emphasized that adding images to your blogs makes them 80% more likely to be read!! Wow!

This week’s blogging challenge centers around safely and responsibly adding images to your blog.  What do you think I mean by safely and responsibly?

By safely , I mean that you need to be adding images that do not reveal any personal information about you that is not safe to share on the web.

By responsibly  I mean two things: 1) That you are not sharing any images of people who may not want their images shown and that you are generally being kind and conscientious to those you may blog about.  2) That you are sharing images that are ALLOWED to be shared.

Let’s talk more about that!

One way we are going to learn to share images responsibly is to understand that not all images shown on the internet are yours to use for free! We learned about this in Digital Passport also!

This week, we added the PLUGIN “Compfight” to our blogs so that we can try to use these plugin to add images responsibly. 

Use this plugin to help you complete your challenge for this week. The other option is to add your own personal images.

Now, for the challenge!  There are two parts!!!

Part 1: Choose one of the two options below to blog about:

Write a post about a favorite time with your family.

Include an image using the COMPFIGHT plugin or a personal image from home.  If using an actual image of your own family, you need permission from your parents and everyone shown in the image. Make sure you mention in the post that you have permission to use this and that it is copyright to your family so no one else may use it without your family’s permission.

Write a post about your parents or grandparents

You could interview your parents or grandparents and find out more about their life growing up- maybe even as a 3rd grader!   Find an image of something that was happening in the world during that person’s lifetime. Remember to give credit!


Part 2: Widget Crazy!

I know many of us have gone crazy with our widgets. Check out this post with a list of 42 different widgets!  Try to add a new widget on your blog (Mrs. C. can help you do this!)  and write a post about it! 



Blogging Challenge 2: Commenting!


One of the first things we learned about in blogging was how to write quality comments. We are still practicing writing strong comments !  Here are some guidelines that we discussed about writing strong comments:

  • Use a friendly letter format (greeting, body, closing)
  • Read the post carefully before you comment.
  • Add some new information or make a connection to what the blogger is talking about!
  • give a compliment!
  • Ask questions to keep the conversation going!
  • Check your comment before you publish it for C.U.P.S.

Every time you write a comment, try to include these elements!

For our 2nd Blogging Challenge, your task has 2 parts. Follow along carefully to complete the WHOLE  challenge!

Part One:

1. Follow this link to see the list of other students participating in the Student Blogging Challenge.

2. Find 3 people that you have something in common with and comment on their blogs!

3. Remember to add your blog address (URL) to the end of your comment so that your new friend can reply to the comment you made by visiting YOUR blog!  For example, I would add  after the closing of my comment.


Dear Student,

What a nice job you did on your post! I loved the way you checked for CUPS! I wonder what you did after this event? I can’t wait to hear more!

Mrs. C.

Part Two:

Write a post on your blog about how to write good comments!  Please title this post: “Blogging Challenge 2: Comments” so that I can easily find it! 




Using Google Forms to Create a Complete List of Class Blogs

Hello Students!

Your Photopeach slideshows turned out so beautifully!  Your posts were very detailed and thorough. They really were a chance for me to see what you know about fractions! Way to go!

Mrs. Carlin, who you all met when we learned about, and many parents met on our Tech Night, was kind enough to create a Google Form to compile a complete list of student blogs addresses.  She suggested that she could share this with other school districts and even students at our very own high school so that they could visit our blogs and learn all about what we are doing in Room 815!  I’d like for you to complete this survey by Friday so that I can send a copy  of the list home with each of you. This will make it very easy to continue to blog with your friends over break!

Click on the link below to complete the survey:



Digital Passport

Our class has begun having a discussion about internet and technology safety. As a fun way to practice what we are learning, every student has created a Digital Passport account. The students will move through stages in Digital Passport and in each stage will learn about a different way to be safe on the internet and with technology. The first stage is about when it is unsafe or rude to talk or text on your cell phone. We had a fantastic discussion about good times and not such good times to be on your cell phone. The second stage is about what kinds of information it is safe to put on the internet and what kinds of information we should avoid sharing. As the students pass each stage they earn a badge. When they have achieved each of the 5 badges they will receive their digital passport and be able to begin learning how to blog! Below is the link for Digital Passport. The students received login information today at school. Have fun, learn and explore! The sooner you earn your badges, the sooner we can begin blogging!


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