Wednesday, August 24, 2016

2016-2017 1st Blog Post

Complete the following steps.

1.  Go to your blog (or create a blog if you don't have one yet).  Check to make sure your links work.  You may change the title, but you MAY NOT CHANGE THE ADDRESS!  My own blog has an old address but a new title, so I feel your pain.

2.  Create a new blog post.  Give it the title "2016-2017 1st Blog Post."  Set some goals for yourself for this new year.  Set an academic goal, set a personal behavior goal, and set an improvement goal.  Explain why they are all 3 important areas for you to work on this year.

3.  Watch this video on how to leave good comments... I know it's cheesy for you middle school students, but these kids know what they're talking about.  Even if you've watched it before, watch it again!


4.  Go to the lefthand side of my blog in the section called Idleness Prevention Society.  Check out some of the links.  If you see any that don't work, include them in the comment you're going to write to this post.  Note the links that are blocked by the school filter instead of not working at all.  You can check these out at home.  Know any good sites for me to include?  Include them in the comment to this post!

5.  Go to the righthand side of my blog.  Is your blog listed in the correct grade level?  If not, tell me in the comment you're going to leave in step 6.

6.  When you're done with numbers 1-4, comment on this blog post.  Your comment should use the tips given in the video and also a link to your own blog's url.  Show me you learned something, or ask some questions... leave a good comment.  Then you may tweak the settings/backgrounds/fonts on your own blog and/or check out Idleness Prevention Society in detail for the rest of the period.  Get blogging!

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  1. I did notice that on the Idleness Prevention Society there they three links that were blocked by the school filter which were, Magnetic Poetry Online, Blockus, and Inspector Parker, but all of the other links did work. Here is also the link to my blog http://diggydude.blogspot.com/ . I did like how you used the same video as the past few years, but it is definitely annoying to watch every year.

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    1. If it's annoying, why do you like it? I agree that the delivery is for much younger kids, but the information is still relevant. And I guess when everyone gets good at commenting, we won't have to watch it anymore. ;) Thanks for the information on blocked links!

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  2. You might say that we are a little too old for the quality comments video, but I still enjoy watching it. It definitely isn't something I would choose to watch on a rainy day, but it reminds me of when I was those kids' age, and it has good tips. Also, while I was checking the links I noticed that some of the links were blocked by school. The links were: Magnetic Poetry Online, Blokus, and Inspector Parker. This is my link. http://sillywilly400.blogspot.com/

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    1. I think you are too old for how the video is presented; I'd definitely agree with that. But, I don't think you're too old for the information. I don't think many kids think about those things at all when they comment. It's good to have a refresher. Thanks for the update on the blocked sites.

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  3. As much as we joke about the annual-cheesy-comment-video, I am glad we watch it. It really is a helpful refresher on commenting etiquette and being respectful to our peers' blogs. And a really nice comment can really make someone's day. I wonder if those kids are our age?

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    1. I wonder how old they are too! It's good information, even if the delivery is geared toward younger kids. I think most older kids don't do those things, though. What do you think?

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  4. I kind of learned to not use more than one exclamation points, but instead use more words. Usually I type in all caps with a bunch of exclamation points. Does it really count when you're just sending it to friends to use proper grammar? Here is the link to my blog http://fishbot123.blogspot.com/

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    1. Good question about sending to friends... if you're commenting on a friend's blog for school, always use proper grammar. But, if you're texting or snapchatting just casually, you don't need to worry about it. We use different language for different situations. The trick is knowing when to use which kind. Thanks for the link.

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  5. Something I learned about the video was to add information. You don't always think to add something new to what someone is writing, but I found that interesting. Here is a link to my block. http://yana5.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for the link. I think we easily forget that the comments sections should be like a conversation. It's hard to converse if we don't add new information. Good observation!

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  6. I loved the video and making goals for myself. I learned that I have a lot more than 3 goals in life because it was hard to choose.

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    1. Don't forget that I asked you to include the url of your own blog... thanks! I'm glad you have so many goals!

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  7. The video is kind of cheesy, but I do learn some from it each time I watch it. The major thing I learned from the video was to only use one exclamation point, even when you're really excited. I never had really thought about that before. I also think that it's good to set goals for yourself each year. It gets me on the right track. Here's the link to my blog: http://goalblog127.blogspot.com/

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    1. I have a problem with too many exclamation points, so this was a good reminder for me too. When I get excited, it's hard not to include lots of punctuation. I just need to remember to let my words show that excitement. Thanks for the link!

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  8. Choosing what to say in each category was harder than it looked because you want to say something, but you don't it to something boring. Here is the link to my blog http://hotdogsbigblog.blogspot.com/

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    1. I know what you're saying, but your goals are unique to you. If they're boring to the world, it doesn't matter as long as they're goals that are important to you. Thanks for the link. :)

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  9. The video showed me that no matter what the post is about there is always something to talk about. Most people would think that leaving a comment isn't supposed to have this much thought, but when it does the conversations can be so interesting! http://learningwithsophiew.blogspot.com/

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    1. Great point. Something little like asking a question or just sharing something you know about the topic can create a conversation. It's good to have a reminder about that, even if it's a cheesy little video. :) Thanks for the link!

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  10. I don't enjoy watching the video, but it gave really tips about how to properly commenting I feel like we all benefit from watching the video. heres a link to my blog http://stripesanddotstk.blogspot.com/

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    1. I agree that the video is not entertaining. However, it has some good tips for commenting. If little kids can do it, we can too, right? Thanks for the link!

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  11. I like that you have us doing blogging, because I get to make posts like this, and learn things about myself that I didn't know before. Thanks, Mrs. Edlin! Blog link: http://toonboy24.blogspot.com/

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    1. You're welcome. Thanks for including the link!

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  12. I think it is a good thing to get a little refresher, such as how you're supposed to make connections, I definitely forgot about that one. I wonder what it's like to have new information added when you were supposed to have everything down. That must kind of suck.

    My blog - http://kevster2021.blogspot.com/

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    1. I agree about the refresher. It's easy to add a little connection to what a person wrote. Then comments are interesting to read and more like a conversation. Thanks for the link!

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  13. http://skyeamazing.blogspot.com/ The comment video is the cheesiest of all videos, but they talk about some important tips on commenting. It's nice that we learn this, now that so many people text and comment.

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    1. I agree that the video is cheesy... times infinity! But, if little kids know this, surely we can figure it out too and use that information in our own blogs. Thanks for the link!

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  14. That video almost has me in tears, but that's not important. The facts are. As someone who lives for technology, commenting has let me talk to some people and make some good friends. It's also a nice way to share what you're thinking and how you feel.

    My blog: http://lair1.blogspot.com/
    (I went through a phase where I used the word lair a lot. I regret.)

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    1. Your lair statement made me giggle. And, I hope you mean tears of JOY at getting to see the video again! HA! Thanks for your point about sharing. For me, it's a way to see what you have actually learned, so I guess that's another kind of sharing.

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  15. This helped me learn how to to write a good comment!

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    1. Good. Now be more specific. What will you try harder to do, or which tip was most helpful, or how can you improve yourself based on what you saw. The more specific the better in commenting. Put those tips into practice!

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  16. Sorry I forgot the link to my blog. http://erin2023.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for including it after the fact!

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  17. The comment video was kind of cheesy, but it still had great information about making a good comment. Something I learned from the video is to make connections with the writer. It is a good way to start a conversation in the comment section. Here is a link to my blog: http://courtrightblog.blogspot.com/

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    1. Great observation about making connections. Connecting to the writer can take a comment from being unsupported and generic to really starting a discussion. That's what we're aiming for this year. Thank you for including the link to your blog!

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  18. I would first like to tell you that you are an amazing writer. Everything that you said in this post made sense and I could easily go through the steps to complete the task. I also liked the video. Like I always say..."The cheesier the better"!(At least around Halloween(;) The message in it is also very good! http://delicousblogs.blogspot.com/

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    1. I'm glad the directions were easy to follow. It's actually harder than it looks to write good directions, and sometimes what is clear to me in my first draft doesn't make sense when I go back to look at it again. Thank you for including the link to your blog.

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  19. http://abbysawesomeblog21.blogspot.com/

    Even though the video is very cheesy, it was good to have a reminder on how to make comments that are meaningful. I normally don't think about connecting to the blog post in the comments, but that would be good to make a conversation.

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    1. I would really like our blog comments to feel more like a conversation this year. I think it's too easy to give an unsupported compliment like "Good job" without really contributing to a discussion with that author. Thank you for including the link to your own blog.

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  20. I like that you make us do things that we don't want to do (like blogging) because it gets us to try new things. I completely forgot about this video and it's still very informational. I think commenting is something people do very often but they rarely are supportive but they do ask a lot of questions. I wish there was an updated version that adults and older teenagers would want to watch.
    http://wolveswebhp.blogspot.com/

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    1. I agree that people comment a lot, but they are rarely supportive. Often, I find the comments sections are just places for people to complain. Hopefully, we can do something to change that. I wish there was an updated version of the video too. If you ever come across one, let me know. Thanks for including the link to your own blog!

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  21. I loved how organized and planned out your post was, and that video never gets old. Panda is my favorite mascot of all time. It always helps to review the tips and tricks of commenting, now I have the perfect idea of a comment. Thanks Panda! Library curiosities doesn't work, links lead no where. Blokus is restricted, and inspector parker is restricted. http://alexsamazingwork.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for the update on Library Curiosities. I need to investigate that one. And thank you for including the link to your own blog. Good old Panda... I, for one, think that video does get old, but the tips are really useful. If you ever find a better video with equally good content, I'd love to see it!

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  22. The video is very cheesy and I still don't like it, but it actually has some good information. It reminded me to not use more exclamation points and if someone has already commented something you were gonna say, say something else instead. Here's my blog link: http://poniesweb.blogspot.com/

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    1. Both of those tips are good for me too. I tend to think that if one exclamation point is good, three or four will be even better. Thank you for including the link to your blog!

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  23. I think the video is cheesy, but the information is accurate. The thing I learned is to only use one exclamation point, as I usually use a lot. My blog link is http://miloandotisrocks.blogspot.com/

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    1. That was a great reminder for me too. I get really passionate and excited when I'm writing, so I tend to think I need lots of exclamation points. (I had to refrain from putting a bunch at the end of that last sentence even!) Thanks for including the link to your blog.

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  24. The video is pretty cheesy but it has great info in it and I think that it is a great source. Sometimes it is hard to use a unique comment but now it will be easier.

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    1. I agree that it's sometimes hard to leave a unique comment, but I think the tip was great about browsing the comments before you leave one so you don't duplicate. Please send me the link to your blog ASAP. Thanks!

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  25. I think that your blog is amazing. I think this because you really gave us a good explanation of what to do and how to do it. That video may have been cheesy but it was very helpful. Thank you for all of the helpful things. Love, Maxwell

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    1. You're very welcome! I think it's important to know a teacher's expectations at the beginning of the year. Which tip will be the most useful for you? Don't forget that I need the link to your blog, so send that ASAP. Thanks!

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  26. The comment video, sadly, is nearly engraved word for word into my brain. The cheesiness must've been really sticky as it somehow managed to stay on my brain! Although, it has helped us all get passing grades with our comments by repeatedly telling us how to write a comment! Better we learn this now, then 10 years down the road applying for a job I guess! http://kyleabc2.blogspot.com/

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    1. It's definitely important to know the expectations of your teachers at the beginning of the school year, even if they come in a cheesy package. ;) Thank you for including the link to your blog!

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  27. The video is kinda boring, but the best part is the panda! Even though it's boring it gives great information and it's important that we know this since these days technology is becoming so bad we might need rehab for it. It's also important so younger generations can follow what we have done and become better at commenting.

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    1. Some of us DO need technology rehab, don't we? I think that comment sections are generally used incorrectly. I see so many people just using them as a place to gripe. This video reminds us how to be productive in our comments. Don't forget that I need the link to your blog!

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  28. This video gave some good information even though it was very cheesy. One great thing that I learned from the video that I had forgotten was part where the talked about complimenting specific parts of their blog which I will make sure to do next time.http://evansexcellent.blogspot.com/

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    1. That is a great tip to notice. Sometimes it's hard to know what to say in a comment, but when you give specific praise, it's helpful to the writer. Thank you for including the link to your blog.

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  29. That was bad. Not bad as in bad info, the info was great! It was just a bit, cheesy for our age group. My blog - http://gotitgannon.blogspot.com/

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    1. I agree that the presentation was geared toward a younger audience. But, make sure you use the information. Did you follow the tips in this comment? How would you update the video to make it better? Thanks for including the link to your own blog.

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  30. http://thebrightsideyay.blogspot.com/
    We could make a new version of the video! :D That would be so fun! Because, it's...really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really cheesy. :|

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    1. Good idea to make a new version of the video. BUT, I think you could benefit from taking its information to heart. Did you use its content in this post??? I think Panda might wonder about how many times you said the word "really" and if that REALLY added to what you were trying to say and/or add. Thanks for including the link to your own blog.

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  31. http://sonic2219.blogspot.com/ No matter how many times I watch the video, I always forget something. Normally the connection, but other times I forget to compliment on other posts. I know it helps everybody, though, that panda is more dangerous than it looks.

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    1. Your comment made me smile. I'm glad you see the usefulness of the content. The video gives a lot of good reminders. Thanks for including the link to your blog!

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  32. http://pokemon12334.blogspot.com/ I really love SET and more on the Idleness prevention society! They are really fun to play and fun to watch! I can't wait to play more of the fun games!

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    1. I love SET too. I actually think the online version is easier than playing the actual card game because it tells you when you're right. Have you ever played the card game before? Thanks for including the link to your blog!

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  33. I really don't like the video because we watch it every year but I think it has really good because it teaches you a lot even though it's really cheesy. http://outstandingdakota1.blogspot.com/

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    1. I want you to USE what you learn in your comments though. SHOW me that you don't need to watch it again. Be specific. WHAT did it teach you? HOW will it help you? Thanks for including the link to your blog.

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  34. I think we should make one of these videos!! Maybe it would help us remember!! For little kids they have some great facts. I think watching a video is a great way to learn how to comment. Here is my blog link http://mallory12blog.blogspot.com/

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    1. I think that's a great idea... maybe we could update the video for a more "mature" audience. The information is great, but the delivery could be altered to be more entertaining to middle schoolers. Then again, I'm not really worried about the entertainment value... the content is what I want you to have. Thanks for including the link to your blog!

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  35. That video is encredibly cheesy, and I hate to admit it, but it has very useful information! I've watched other cheesy videos though too. Like that congo video erin sent me once with a dancing blob! Anyway, I wonder if they have other videos? What else could panda teach us?

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    1. What else COULD Panda teach us? Now that's a question I haven't heard before. I wonder if the class put out any other videos. Thanks for seeing the usefulness of the tips, and don't forget that I need the link to your blog.

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  36. Ok this is not the most entertaining video in the world but we all have to admit they make some really good points. Like giving a compliment, and showing factual info. http://daniellesblog123.blogspot.com/

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    1. Sometimes when I'm reading everyone's comments, they sound like the same thing over and over. I hope that by refreshing your memory with these tips, our comments will end up being more like a conversation... varied and interesting! Thanks for your blog link.

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  37. http://dumo2023.blogspot.com/ The video on the comment is as cheesy as you can get but it has good ideas and tips on how to formally post a reply. A lot of people reply to different things now.

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    1. What do you mean? Do you mean that a lot of people reply in different ways? Despite the cheese, just keep the tips in mind. They're what I expect for your commenting for assignments. Thanks for including the link to your blog!

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  38. This video was a good reminder on how to comment the right way because of social media I'm so used to using emojis and abbreviations instead of actually typing out a good meaningful comment.
    My Blog: http://amirithastar.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for including the link to your blog. I don't think there is anything wrong with emojis, but not everyone knows the same abbreviations. And, there are different types of writing for different types of audiences. I am a much different audience than most of the people you communicate with on social media. :)

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  39. I think its super important to have a refresher on how to do things after forgetting everything over summer. That video is cheesy though...

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    1. You got my point entirely... it's just to remind you of my expectations for commenting as we start a new year. If you ever find a better video with equally good content, I'd love to see it!

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  40. http://leahysablog.blogspot.com/2016/08/2016-2017-1st-blog-post.html I forgot to put this in my actual comment :/

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    1. Thanks for including it here though!

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  41. https://spookyspookinati.blogspot.com/ I know that you know that I hate the commenting video so much, but I guess it is helpful at the end of the day. I wasn't the best at writing comments before I watched it, but then I watched it and I started doing okay. The one thing I dislike is the presentation of it, the information is obviously good though.

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    1. The presentation is obviously geared at a younger audience. Believe it or not, I haven't found a better guide to commenting out there. If you find one, I'd love to see it! I'm glad you see a point in the content though. Thanks for the link!

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  42. http://elliesawesomeblog123.blogspot.com/ It's good to have a little refresher from last year on how to comment. I'm not very good at commenting sometimes and it really helps to see the video.

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    1. It IS a good little refresher to help you know what I expect in your comments for assignments this year. I'm glad you noticed that. Thanks for including the link to your blog!

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  43. I think that this video is extremely cheesy and slightly unentertaining...but I agree with pretty much everyone else that commented when they say "but it's important that we learn this". This video has pretty much become a necessary "ingredient" to the beginning of the school year and I think it really does help us a lot.

    My blog-http://annablog12345.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for including the link to your blog. The facts are really important in the video and are a great reminder for the beginning of the school year. I couldn't have said it better!

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  44. What had really noticed about this video was that in the video they all had been giving good advice(while at the same it being very cheesy) they all reminded us to be more careful and check things about our comments before we post.

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    1. Yes! In fact, I think if you had read over this comment carefully, you would have seen you left a word out of the first part of your sentence. Oops! Also, you forgot to include the link to your own blog. Please send that to me ASAP.

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  45. Everyone that said this video is cheesy are extremely right. Although it's very cheesy it gives great tips. I think it's great to leave a comment because it lets the post creator know what the viewers think, which can start great discussion. http://logannelsonblog.blogspot.com/

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    1. And, discussion is one of the main points of blogging... at least how WE blog in our class. Thanks for including the link to your blog.

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  46. http://huntingcamp2023.blogspot.com/

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  47. I think the tip about like going through and checking to make sure it was good and how you like it.

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  48. I think the video was a very good refresher on how to leave a good comment. The kids in the video all shared very good information on how to leave a comment. It helps a lot for when people tend to forget things over the summer. Here is the link to my blog http://ivyblog2023.blogspot.com/.

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    1. they gave really good tips about commenting and they did not keep on saying um and uh

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    2. Yes, they did, Jacob. Remember that when you're commenting for a school assignment, you need to use correct grammar, punctuation, etc. Also, don't forget to include the link to your own blog.

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    3. It's always good to have a refresher at the beginning of the year. Thanks for including the link to your blog, Ivy!

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  49. I think the video is awesome! I think it is adorable how they use the panda! I think that it gives great tips on how to comment. It is also a great refresher on how to comment. Here is the link to my blog. http://olivias2023.blogspot.com/

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    1. Are there any specific facts that you didn't know before watching this? Blogging will be a little different this year from how you've done it in the past. Thanks for including the link to your own blog!

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  50. I think every one should should watch that video now and again,even though its nacho cheesy all over. Its great for people like me who are pretty sloppy and need to constantly be reminded.

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    1. Well, you know where to find it if you feel yourself getting sloppy this year. You'll know right where to go to find my expectations. Don't forget that I need the link to your blog too.

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  51. Although this video is very cheesy it has lots of useful information that i hate to admit but it comes in handy! I am not good at writing comments and it has lots of helpful tips for me. http://sophiesawesome989.blogspot.com/

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  52. I liked the correct commenting video, even if it was a little bit cheesy. It gave information that would otherwise blow right past me. I think it was interesting that when I was making my blog, I tried two different URL titles, and neither were taken! That surprised me. I learned from the video that you should only use one exclamation mark, and I wondered why. Are they not supposed to be exciting Mrs. Edlin?
    Blog URL: http://mrgeckoblogger.blogspot.com/

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    1. I have to admit it... that rule is hard for me too. I think the point is that we need to vary our word choice to show our excitement and not just rely on exclamation points to do it for us. Make sense? Thanks for including the link to your blog!

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  53. The video is literally the creepiest thing I've ever seen in school. Something about them talking to the panda scared me. However these small children know what they're talking about.

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    1. Wow. If this is the creepiest thing, I'm not sure what else you watch! What is one thing you'll remember when commenting this year?

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  54. Okay, so it was extremely cheesy (But that's beside the point). I think it had a good message to people. I loved all the good advice they put in it. This video is definitely a good thing to watch at the beginning of the school year.
    http://kittykittymeowmeow11.blogspot.com/2016/08/2016-2017-1st-blog-post.html

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    1. Be specific in your comment... which piece of advice did you find most helpful? Thanks for including the link to your blog!

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  55. http://elizanneble.blogspot.com/

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  56. It's a weird video that everybody dreads watching, but over all very informative. Though it's made but an elementary school class the tips are very helpful. http://marasblo.blogspot.com/

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    1. Be specific... what tip did you find most helpful? What will you try to remember this year? Thanks for including the link to your own blog!

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  57. I loved this video! The kids were very intelligent. The video was a great reminder on how to write positive comments! The information that they shared was great!

    My blog- http://animaltips2023.blogspot.com/

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    1. It's a good reminder to be positive in the comment section. Sometimes people only use it to complain, so I'm glad to have a positive focus. Thanks for including the link to your own blog!

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  58. The video was a a good refresher on how to leave a comment. The kids showed some very good information on how to post a very good comment. It is a good video but a bit cheesy. Here is the link to my blog http://hannahssparkleblog.blogspot.com/

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    1. Remember this information throughout the year, and your comments will be great. Thank you for including the link to your own blog.

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  59. Also, my blog did not show up on the side.

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  60. Man Mrs. Edlin! You were sure right about those kids knowing there stuff. I especially liked how the panda picture was kinda apart of the class.
    Link to blog: http://ryan2023.blogspot.com/

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  61. Something I learned about the video was to add information. You don't always think to add something new to what someone is writing, but I found that interesting.
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