Challenge 10: Evaluating and nominating

I’m sorry to say we are at the last challenge for 2011. Remember we start again in March 2012, on this blog again. But even though the challenge is over, you can still keep up with your new friends by visiting their blogs and leaving comments. The list of class and student participants will be left up on the blog until early February 2012.

Activity 1 – students and classes

Please evaluate the challenge mentioning something about the following topics:

Registration: Is two weeks early enough for registration to begin before the first challenge?

Subscription: Did you subscribe by RSS or email in order to get the posts as soon as they were published?

Student and class participants: How useful are these pages in the header of the blogging challenge?

The challenges:

  • Did you visit the actual challenge on the blog each week or did your teacher have a post on your class blog?
  • Which challenges were the most useful?
  • Which challenges were the most interesting?
  • What would be some other topics you would like included in future challenges?
  • Are more tutorial type challenges needed? eg how to make a link in your post
  • Were the ‘Visit these’ posts useful?
  • Were the challenges where you had to embed ie polls, cartoons, wallwisher etc interesting or could you not embed due to being a free Edublogs blog or a blogging platform that didn’t allow embedding?
  • Were there enough chances to visit blogs from overseas and make links with other students/classes?
  • Classes that registered – were there enough activities specific to classes?
  • Did you make global connections?
  • Anything else you would like to mention about the challenge in particular

Activity 2: This is an audit of your blog since the beginning of September 2011.

  • How many posts did you write?
  • How many were school based, your own interests or set by the challenge?
  • 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?
  • How many overseas students do you have on your blogroll?

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?

Activity 3: Nominating a blog for the Edublog Awards 2011

This year we would like classes to nominate two blogs they feel are excellent student blogs. They can be blogs from anywhere in the world. Choose a student from your class to write about the nominations in a post after you have discussed this as a class. eg best student blog or best new blog.

Teachers you may also take part in the nominations but you might like to check out the other sections where nominations are available.

Mentors we would also like you to nominate one or two of the blogs you have been mentoring to go in either the best student blog or new blog sections.

Students we would prefer you work with your teachers to nominate some great student blogs, but if there is a student blog (not from your class or school) that you feel deserves a nomination then write a post and fill in the nomination form. Remember, as a student, you can’t nominate a blog from your class or school.

Here are the rules you will need to follow to make your nomination valid. Notice you only have until the end of November to put in your nominations. Remember to write your post and then send in this nomination form with a link to your blogpost.

Also remember to visit the Edublog Awards page to vote between 2nd  and 13th December. You will only be able to vote for one in each section. Winners are announced on 14th December.

After the challenge is over

Continue:

Congratulations to:

  • gamekid27  who has earned over 8000 grains so far
  • bbsam and bbjoseph  who have earned over 4000 grains each so far
  • Jake G, teeganr4 and Gpower12 who have earned over 3000 grains each so far

Finally, leave a comment on this post about who you nominated or ideas for the next challenge in 2012.

 

101 thoughts on “Challenge 10: Evaluating and nominating

  1. Hi Miss W!
    Before I began answering questions, I would like to say that I have learned so much during the challenge and I have enjoyed every minute of it! Now time to answer the questions.

    Is two weeks early enough for registration to begin before the first challenge?

    No, I think this time period is just right! I don’t think that there is any reason for someone to forget to sign up for the challenge when having 2 weeks!
    Did you subscribe by RSS or email in order to get the posts as soon as they were published?

    Yes, I did this because I wanted to know when the next challenge comes up so I can do it!

    How useful are these pages in the header of the blogging challenge?
    Very useful because I don’t have to go look through the posts when I need to find things like student participants etc!

    The challenges:

    Did you visit the actual challenge on the blog each week or did your teacher have a post on your class blog?

    I visited the actual challenge each week.

    Which challenges were the most useful?

    I think that the most useful challenges were the global issues one, improving your posts one and the one about me on the internet.

    Which challenges were the most interesting?

    I think that the global issues challenge was very interesting and the one about me on the internet.

    What would be some other topics you would like included in future challenges

    Maybe sport or music?

    Are more tutorial type challenges needed? eg how to make a link in your post

    Yes, those particular challenges helped me know how to put attribution to a person in a picture.

    Were the ‘Visit these’ posts useful?

    Yes, I liked seeing my name on some of them!

    Were the challenges where you had to embed ie polls, cartoons, wallwisher etc interesting or could you not embed due to being a free Edublogs blog or a blogging platform that didn’t allow embedding?

    I think that they were very interesting and didn’t have any problems at all!

    Were there enough chances to visit blogs from overseas and make links with other students/classes?

    Yes, because you included the ‘visit these’ blogs and you had a blog roll and a paricipents list.

    Did you make global connections?

    Yes, I now know a girl called Mohana from over seas

    Anything else you would like to mention about the challenge in particular

    I enjoyed it very much and learned heaps!

    How many posts did you write?

    During the challenge I wrote 22 posts

    How many were school based, your own interests or set by the challenge?

    The other posts not including the challenge that I wrote is 54

    How many comments did you receive from classmates, teachers or overseas students?

    I received 103 comments

    Which post received the most comments? Why do you think that happened?

    Well I got 3 comments on the posts 10 blog comments and 5 tourist attractions. I think I got comments on those posts because they were interesting maybe and because they worth long :)

    Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why?

    I enjoyed writing the posts about my favourites because I talked about sport and I love sport and also because you could do whatever you want and be creative!

    Did you change blog themes at all and why?

    I did change blog themes for the Halloween season because it was one of the requirements if you wanted to do it on the challenge!

    How many widgets do you have? Do you think this is too many or not enough?

    I have 28 widgets and I think that is a pretty good number.

    How many overseas students do you have on your blogroll?

    I have 5 overseas student blogs on my blogroll

    Thanks for the challenge!
    Angie

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    • Hi Bubblegum,
      Yes you can continue doing the challenges for as long as you wish. You can even go back to previous sets of challenges and try those as well.

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  11. How many posts did you write?
    111 posts
    How many were school based, your own interests or set by the challenge?
    About 10
    How many comments did you receive from classmates, teachers or overseas students?
    Less than 83
    Which post received the most comments? Why do you think that happened?
    Hobbies got 5 comments because people sometimes comment on the first post on a blog.
    Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why?
    All of them because it was so fun writing posts.
    Did you change blog themes at all and why?
    Yes because I wanted to find the right theme.
    How many widgets do you have? Do you think this is too many or not enough?
    19 but I think that enough.
    How many overseas students do you have on your blogroll?
    5

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  21. Hi Miss W,
    I really enjoyed participating in the student blogging challenge for 2011. I have learnt to blog heaps better and to write better and more interesting posts, set to attract more visitors worldwide.
    I tried to visit the blog every week, to check what posts to write .
    I really enjoyed participating this year!
    Thanks,
    Sophie :)

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  24. Hi Miss W!
    I would like to say that I have learned so much during the challenges and I have enjoyed every minute of it i loved doing blaberizze it was so fun :) i loved the sand one (making ur own sand) :)
    from tarley!

  25. Hi

    I have an idea for next years blogging challenge. personalization! It’d include your avatar changing your theme adding backgrounds and putting on widgets. By the way if anyone likes being random check out 77squeaky66.edublogs.org

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  27. Hi Miss W,

    I wanted to thank you because of all learning I have gained on blogs thanks to the blog challenge competition, I really hope other students realy use it as I did, I wrote a post about it and I have finish all the challenges!

    Check my blog: 6adanielasblog.weebly.com

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    • G’day MA,
      No, just try and answer as many as you can. You don’t need to write out the question and answer, just answer them in a paragraph on your blog.

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  50. I DID BLOG CHALLENGE 10 HERE IT IS http://0535cg.edublogs.org/ OR ON THIS POST How many posts did you write? i have done 25 posts

    How many were school based, your own interests or set by the challenge? 2 post were shool base

    11 post were an my intrest

    9 now 10 posts were set by the challenge

    4 were random posts

    How many comments did you receive from classmates, teachers or overseas students? 3 comments

    Which post received the most comments? Why do you think that happened? NONE I DON’T KNOW

    Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why? I ENJOYED WRITING MY INTEREST POSTS BECAUSE COULD WRITE WHAT EVER I WANTED

    Did you change blog themes at all and why? Yes i changed my theme allot because at some time it got boring

    How many widgets do you have? Do you think this is too many or not enough? 10 widgets i think this is OK

    How many overseas students do you have on your blogroll? NONE

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  54. Hi Mrs. W,
    Here are the people I nominated…

    Best Individual Blog
    My favourite indivindual blog is…
    Amberbrs13′s Blog

    Best New Blog
    My favourite new blog is…
    Summer’s Blog

    Best Student Blog
    My favourite student blog is…
    Emma’s Excellent Blog

    Bub Bye
    ~Amber~

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  57. 1.No my teacher has a link to it on her website.
    2.The ones that make my blog better.
    3.The ones that I get to play a game and write a post about it.
    4.Favorite foods.
    5.Yes
    6.Yes
    7.Yes they were very interesting.
    8.Yes because you had a blogroll that I could use.
    9.Some like the Global Issuese.
    10.No
    11.No

  58. Miss W.,
    Come see my blog that I did just for fun : http://2215jh.edublogs.org/?p=85

    From,
    Jenna
    P.S. I’m working on blog challenge 10 now!
    P.P.S. I never understood how to have that oversea flag widget thing. And also, only two people have commented on my website(You and my mom). :)

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