I am starting to organize our 20th student blogging challenge – Wow ! those ten years have certainly gone by quickly since I first started the challenge back in 2008.
It started with a tweet from Sue Waters asking for some overseas classes to visit my student blogs to leave comments for them. As I had only been blogging for a few months, I didn’t have many global connections in my personal learning network (PLN).
It was a competition the first time it was run with each class awarding a prize but since then it has become a challenge instead. But the main purpose of the challenge has remained the same.
The most important aspect of this competition, though, is the connection formed between reader and writer. We would like to see students making friends in other countries, finding out they are not so different wherever they live in the world, asking questions and making conversations by replying to those questions.
We didn’t have a blog dedicated to the challenge, instead it was part of my class blog with the challenge being on pages in the header of the blog.
Here is the link to the participants in September 2008 – I wonder how many are still blogging but maybe not on their student blog?
Here is the link to the activities for that first competition – you will notice many of these are still being used in challenges run since 2008
Sue Waters and the team at Edublogs decided the challenge was going so well that it needed its own dedicated blog and so this blog was started back in January 2010 ready for the 4th student blogging challenge.
There have been some changes throughout the years including:
- Google forms for registering classes and students – needed once the numbers of participants increased
- Mentors to help new bloggers
- Badges for participants
- Flipboard magazine for great posts
There is going to be a big change again ready for the next challenge in March but I will write about that in a new post – it relates to mentors.
Readers: Have you taken part in one or more of the challenges? Which activities did you enjoy the most? Are there any skills you think need to be taught to students to allow them to develop as better bloggers?