Thursday, July 11, 2013

Join our Class 365 Blog!

The world is a magical place! 

If you are observant, you can capture some great images on your digital camera or phone. Here at Mrs. Yollis' Classroom Blog, we invite you to be a part of our class photo-of-the-day blog called

Yollis' 365 Project ~ Daily Digital Documentation

To contribute to this online digital community, just email a photo to Mrs. Yollis at:

Be sure to include the following FOUR items:

1.  An interesting photo.
It does NOT need to be taken on a specific day. However, the photo must belong to you. Only submit photos that you, your family, or your teacher has taken. (A smaller file is better, around 200 kb is a good size.) Try not to include too much personal information in your photo.

Not sure how to take a good photo? Here are some tips from my third graders:  How to Take a Good Photo or Video

2. Attribution.
Who took the photo? Who wrote the text? It is important to credit the photographer and writer of the photo-of-the-day. Feel free to include a hyperlink back to your blog! This helps build community!

3.  Text to complement the photo.
Write a few sentences explaining the photo. Here are some possible questions to include when composing your description:  Where was the photo taken? When was it taken? What is special about the subject of the photo? Are there any facts you could share so we can learn something new via your photo and text?

4. End with a question.
Think of a question or two you could ask that would start a conversation in the comment section. Ask OPEN questions that cannot be answered using yes or no.  This is a great opportunity to get some feedback on your photo or gather new knowledge about the subject of the photo. Invite readers to make up a story about your photo.

Be sure to check back and see if your photo received a comment. It is good blogging netiquette to respond to a comment.

Here is a fabulous annotated example from Kathleen Morris, our blogging buddy in Australia. (Click to enlarge.)

*Photos and text must be approved by Mrs. Yollis.  :-)

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For bloggers who are interested, the above email will set up a post in the Blogger platform. This is an easy way to collect and publish photos. 

To set this feature up in your Blogger account, go to: settings>mobile and email>email>posting using email. Add a "secret word" and you will have an email to share with others. As you can see, I set my setting for "Save email as a draft post". I approve everything before publishing. 

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Here is a link to the Yollis' 365 Blog
Check out some of the photos and text for examples and ideas. Feel free to leave a comment on a photo that you liked! 



  1. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    Happy holidays to you Mrs Yollis do hope you are having a wow of a time.

    I just can't wait to see what photos will be sent in to this post. I hope to send one or two. Maybe another one of Hack smiling.
    Mind you he hasn't been smiling to much these days as that it has been rather cold and wet. So wet that we were meant to take him for a walk to day but it has been raining all day.
    So I have got one very sad dog. I bet Buck is enjoying the warmth of your summer.

    Happy holidays.

    Sincerely AA

  2. G'day Mrs Yollis and students,

    Thanks for registering for the September 2013 blogging challenge. Make sure you visit the blog every week starting 8th September, when the first challenge is published.

    If you want a reminder sent to your email each week, use the "Subscribe by email" on the right sidebar of the challenge blog.

    Also make sure you visit blogs from other classes around the world with similar ages - see list in blog header.

    Feel free to add the 2013 badge to your blog.

    Miss W or tasteach - challenge organizer

  3. Hi Mrs Yollis,

    We really enjoyed looking at your photos and reading your blog. Each of us chose a photo to look at with our class. We would like to say 'Thank You!' for sharing your blog.

    We have started a blog this year too. It would be great if you could visit our blog too:

    Thank you very much,
    Stage 2 Primary Intensive English Project - Sydney, Australia

  4. Hi Mrs Y♥llis,

    Thanks so much for leaving a comment on our class blog. It was so nice of you and I should have seen it before. I have been in QLD though so I couldn't get on.

    I am a crazy blogger and I have left several comments on your blog before. I am Olivia. (Liv.) I think that blogging is a wonderful thing.

    I love to connect with all of our blogging buddy's especially you guys and Ross Mannell. I am sre he has left a comment on your blog before I am not so sure but anyway.

    I love your blog it is good to see all of your work and I can't wait to see more from you all. Keep studying and working hard everyone.

    Got 2 Gallop,
    Liv :lol: ;) :cool:

  5. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    I'm Ava, Alec's little sister, and this is my first blog! I like to learn new things like my brother, and I'm really excited to see Alec blogging all the time. He really seems to enjoy blogging and I've been learning new and exciting things as he shares his entries with me. I hope when I get to 3rd grade I can also be in your class so I can learn all about blogging and quality writing.

    I can't wait to see what other comments will be made this year.
    Ava (Alec's sister)


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Getting feedback is important to our writers. Let us know what you liked or what you learned.

Steps to Comment:

1. Write your comment in the box below. Be sure that you have proofread it for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and capitalization. Students should have a parent check it!

2. Choose an identity. (If you have a gmail account, use it. If not, choose name/url. You can leave the url blank if you do not have a blog.)

3. Click "Publish your Comment". You may preview your comment before publishing if you'd like.

Important: All comments MUST be approved by me.
:-) Mrs. Yollis