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
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
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!