by alonicahusac on June 2, 2012

Here’s what you’ve all been waiting for – The BBB Prizes! I’m sure you’re wondering what all the goodies are….

Prizes: Super Surprise Technology Gear!

Many other small prizes, including: headphones, headphone wrappers, 4GB USB drives, MacBook iSkin keyboard protectors, Case Logic MacBook cases, and MORE!


Challenge # 8

by alonicahusac on March 21, 2012

We’ve had a little break from the challenges, but now it’s time to get back to blogging! A big part of blogging is sharing information and bringing issues and ideas into your posts. You have the power of the media when it comes to your readers and you have a responsibility to share your views and opinions.

Earth Hour is happening in just over a week. Here is the promotional video.


What do you think about this project? Do you support it? Do you participate in it? Why or why not?

Your eighth challenge this week is to post about something important. Take Action! This is a way to inform your readers about something that you think is important – something that you want other people to know about or participate in. Your issue can be related to Education, Poverty, Children’s Rights, Animal Rights, The Environment, etc. You can also use Earth Hour if this is something that you’re excited about. Just remember to pick something that you are truly passionate about – something that you want to raise awareness about. Your post needs to:

inform your readers (give them some facts and information)
inspire your readers (use pictures/videos to make it exciting)
empower your readers (tell them how to get involved)

* Don’t forget to label your post with the category BBB so that your mentor can find it easily.


Challenge # 7 – Photo of the Day

by alonicahusac on February 27, 2012

Here is your (long awaited) 8th challenge. From now until the end of the school year there will be extra challenges to work on before participants are nominated and voted for wining spots and prizes! Good luck to all Better Blogging Battlers!

Photo of the Day is simple. Choose a photo from the internet that really captures something and invokes a response from its audience. It can be funny, sad, beautiful, scary, etc. Make sure you choose something interesting. Then write about it. A paragraph describing what the picture is about and another paragraph describing why you chose the photo.

Remember to credit where the photo came from!

Photo Credit: Aloni Cahusac

This is a picture that I took recently with my iPhone app caleed camera+. I really like taking pictures with my iPhone because I can edit them and makes changes to them immediately, then share them with the world right away. This picture was taken from the Lamma Island ferry as I was on my home on Buddha’s Birthday – May 10th  2011. It was a beautiful day and I was very happy to have enjoyed a holiday with my friends.

I love this picture because the dark edges make it impossible to tell where the frame of the image is. I also like the colours created by the sunset and the black silhouette of the barge on the ocean. This photo makes me feel very calm and relaxed, just as I do everyday when I take the ferry to my peaceful island home.

Here are some sites to help you find interesting photos:

National Geographic
The Globe & Mail
Earth Shots
Photo of the Day


Challenge # 6 – Spring Into Reading Digitally

by alonicahusac on February 16, 2012

Spring into Reading is upon us at CDNIS and “we’ve gotta keep reading… ’cause this books gonna be a good book!”

This week’s challenge involves getting your audience involved in your reading. Do you know of any widgets or apps that allow you to share your reading lists with other bloggers? Want to know what other people are reading and enjoying? Ever need a good book recommendation? Well here’s your chance to share your favorite books and help us all Spring into Reading.

Challenge # 3: Install a Shelfari Widget

1. Sign up for an amazon account
2. Design your own personal widget (this is harder than you’d think, but you can figure it out if you read carefully! pay attention to width and size so that it fits into your side bar neatly)
3. Activate a Shelfari widget on your blog to showcase what you are reading
or have already read
4. Check out other people’s bookshelves

Have fun becoming better bloggers!

Check out my Shelfari widget on the right —–>


Challenge # 5

by alonicahusac on February 1, 2012

Are you getting noticed yet?

This week’s challenge is about getting noticed and attracting more readers from around the globe. I’ve noticed that a lot of us need to broaden our audience and get some new readers interested in our blogs!

Ever feel like the only person who reads your blog is your teacher? Or better yet, your parents? Or grand-parents? Do you want to have friends and pen-pals from classrooms all over the world? You could read their blogs and they could read yours!

I happen to have the perfect solution to finding kids just like you!

There is an international Student Blogging Competition which starts every year in September and March. It is hosted by a teacher, the amazing Ms. Wyatt from Australia, who organizes thousands of student blogs and classroom blogs. Last year, some of the CDNIS Gr.5 classes took part in the September Challenge.

So this week, you’re going to use The Blogging Challenge’s incredibly long list of Global Student Bloggers from the September 2011 Challenge to find kids just like you! Simply check out the loooooooooong list of blog participants from all over the world. This chart tells you the name and age of the blogger as well as their home country and their current interests. Awesome!

Your task:

1. Figure out how to add new links to your blog – see the left-side menu in your dashboard.

2. Add at least 10 student blogs from anywhere around the world. To add a blog link you must give them a name and then copy/paste their URL into the link form.

3. Organize your links by giving them categories (for your new friends think about something like My Global Friends or My Global Community)

4. You will need to make a comment on these student blogs to say hello, introduce yourself and let them know that you are putting a link to them on your blog because you like their blog and/or you have common interests. I bet that they will also want to put a link to your blog and then even their friends will check out your blog. If you make 10 new friends and they have 10 friends each who check out your blog – that’s 100 NEW visitors right there!

5. Go into your widgets and place a “links” widget in your side bar – select which categories you want to show up

6. You’re done :) Now, check out other BBB participants and see who they choose for their links!

Great Work Better Blogging Battlers!


BBB Special Club!

January 10, 2012

Calling all BBB participants and teacher mentors. Ms. Cahusac will be hosting a special – and optional – BBB Club Meeting next Wednesday, Jan. 18th at lunch in room 806. A few people have been asking Ms. Cahusac for help with the challenges. Usually this battle is a 100% independent student activity, meaning that you […]

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Challenge # 4 – Making Categories

December 13, 2011

It’s time to meet your teacher advisors. These mentors are helpful and knowledgeable people who are interested in learning about blogging through your work as well as eager to help you succeed and become a better blogger. Your teacher advisor is going to visit your blog regularly to see your challenges, give you feedback through […]

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Challenge # 3 – Word Clouds

November 28, 2011

What is a Word Cloud? Well, Wikipedia says, “A tag cloud (or word cloud) is a visual representation for text data, typically used to depict keyword metadata (tags) on websites, or to visualize free form text. ‘Tags’ are usually single words, and the importance of each tag is shown with font size or color. This […]

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Challenge # 2 – FeedBurner

November 13, 2011

Thanks to Nicole from 5A for making this cool BBB logo –> It’s always nice to know when a new challenge comes out (every second Monday) and there’s a cool way to get an email notification telling you about the newest challenge. We’re going to use a very sophisticated RSS feed called Feed Burner. This […]

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Challenge # 1 – Welcome!

October 31, 2011

Wow! Almost 50 students have already signed up for this year’s BBB! It’s going to be an exciting competition full of interesting challenges and strategies for becoming better bloggers. Challenge # 1 PART A: Please take the time to check if you have signed up correctly. I have made a blog roll on the right […]

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October 25, 2011

We’re so excited that you’re stepping up to BATTLE! Signing up for the Better Blogging Battle is easy! Simply visit the Sign-Up tab above and leave a comment saying that you’d like to become a participant in the Battle. Introduce yourself with the following information: – Name – Reason why you’re signing up – Current […]

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Attention Bloggers!

August 28, 2011

The new Better Blogging Battle (BBB) we begin in October 2011. The new year will provide opportunity for new skills and fun, to make your blog even better! I really hope you sign up and participate in this new challenge. Stay tuned for information about signing up and registering your blog. The First Challenge will […]

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Congratulations Bloggers!

June 20, 2011


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Challenge # 10

May 31, 2011

This Challenge has 2 parts. It’s getting closer and closer to the end of the year! Spring is here and it’s so fun to think about the summer holidays and adventures before everyone moves on to their next grade. Oh, how you’ve grown 😉 For the 10th challenge I’d like you think back on the […]

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Challenge # 9

May 26, 2011

Let’s get back to widgets! How about this Spring weather we’ve been enjoying in Hong Kong? I sure love the mix of sunshine, rain storms, thunder and lightning, early morning brightness and late sunsets. The warmer temperatures are really nice too. Summer is my favorite season! So I propose that you set up some weather […]

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Challenge # 7 – Making Polls

March 30, 2011

Ever wonder who is reading your blog? This week’s challenge will give you a taste of how many readers you have and what their interests are. You are going to think of an exciting and intriguing question to spark their curiosity and imagination. Instructions: 1. Think of an AWESOME question with at least 5 possible […]

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Challenge # 6 – MAKEOVER!

March 15, 2011

It’s time to jazz up your blog a little bit! Since we don’t have theme options on our school blogs, sometimes we run the risk of looking the same as everyone else…. how boring! So I was thinking that this was a great time to make your blogs a bit more personalized. Here are some […]

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Challenge # 5 Feed Burner

March 4, 2011

Have you ever wanted to get updates in your email that notify you exactly when there is a new post on the BBB blog? Well this week’s challenge is to learn more about Feed Burner. Feed Burner is a service that lets you input your email and then receive emails every time there’s a new […]

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Challenge # 4 – Your Global Community

February 23, 2011

Hello Better Blogging Battlers!! I’ve noticed that a lot of us need to broaden our audience and get some new readers interested in our blogs! Ever feel like the only person who reads your blog is your teacher? or better yet, your parents? or grand-parents? Do you want to have friends and pen-pals from classrooms […]

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Challenge # 2

February 7, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai! 新年快乐! This week’s challenge is about something I love (and I hope you do too): maps and geography. Tell us about how you spent your break! This week’s challenge is to write a brief post about how you spent your time over Chinese New Year. Try to […]

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Challenge # 1

January 23, 2011

Part A: Sign-Up If you’d like to participate in the Better Blogging Battle as a classroom blog or an individual student blog, then the first thing you must do is sign up. Within 24 hours of signing up, you will receive a message from Ms. Cahusac to confirm that you are registered and you will […]

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It Begins…

January 23, 2011

This battle is designed to improve your blogging expertise, challenge your writing skills, while constructing connections and community amongst CDNIS bloggers and Teacher Advisors. Through this process we will learn about each other, learn from each other and open doors to a broader community, making new friends and acquiring readers from around the world. WHAT IS THE […]

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