Well, it is time to say farewell, so long or adieu from this first set of challenges in 2010. For those keen classes and students we will start again in September with a new set of challenges. So keep coming back here, early September, so you can register again.
But this final challenge is an audit of your blog since the beginning of March 2010.
- How many posts did you write?
- How many were school based or your own interests?
- How many comments did you receive from classmates, teachers or overseas students?
- Which post received the most comments? Why do you think that happened?
- Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why?
- Did you change blog themes at all and why?
- How many widgets do you have? Do you think this is too many or not enough?
Now ask another student and teacher/parent from your school who might not have read your blog to do an audit. Sit beside them while they navigate around your blog, record what you observe as they interact with your blog. When finished, ask them the following questions:
- What were your first impressions of this blog?
- What captured your attention?
- What distracted you on the blog?
- What suggestions can you give me to improve my blog?
From these audits, you should be getting an idea of what makes a great blog.
Next week, even though the challenge will be over, there will be a post about nominating a great class blog and student blogs ( one from your class and one from elsewhere) ready for the end of year Edublogs Awards. So make sure you are still visiting the other blogs.
Also if your class would like to be in charge of the ‘Bringing us Together” blog for a period of two weeks, please leave a comment on this post and I will add you to the calendar. This is a blog for classes to use in between the challenges, so we are still working together. Teachers, if you want your class blog to be added to the blogroll, leave a comment here as well.
Original image: ‘Come Back Soon‘
by: Thomas Hawk