This is the final Student Blogging Challenge post until we start again in October.
It’s time to reflect and celebrate!
Week Nine Recap
Many students are enjoying sharing their best work or recommending other blogs.
You can find all the submitted tasks here (or click on the week 9 box on the sidebar).
Here is just a handful of the excellent work we spotted:
- Lisa from Kazakhstan made an impressive post that compares Norway to Kazakhstan.
- Richard told us all about Pokemon Go.
- Fluffy showed us her wonderful colonial dressmaker diorama.
- Des shared the instructions for making your own fan (great use of his own pictures too).
- Josiah has a ‘weird word’ he wants to tell you about.
- Horse lover Aubrey told us about her 6 dreams for the future.
- Sienna made a Google Slides presentation about music.
- Mrs. Hamman’s 5th graders explained how solar energy can improve our world.
- Serge Galligani’s class reviewed and recommended many of the participants from this round of the STUBC.
- You can look back at some of the great work on our 2019 Student Blogging Challenge Flipboard.
A Special Project: School Tour
Eric Balak is a 5th grade teacher in Pennsylvania, USA. For the last few weeks, he has been working on a special project with his students for STUBC.
You might remember during week 5 we asked participants to tell us about their school.
Rather than sharing some text or images, Mr. Balak’s students made a comprehensive VR tour! View it below or click on this link to view it via the web (you don’t need viewers or the app).
Click on the links to visit the students who’ve added this tour to their blog. You might like to leave them some feedback!
The School Tour
There are a number of important reminders this week:
- The forms for weeks 1-7 are closed. You have 2 weeks to finish off tasks from weeks 8, 9, and 10. All forms will close on May 19.
- If you’d like to join us again for the next challenge in October 2019, make sure you’re on our mailing list. You’ll get an email in September when registrations are open. Otherwise, check this blog in September for all the news.
- While the Student Blogging Challenge is coming to an end, we hope this is not the end of your blogging journey. We encourage you to keep blogging and connecting.
- Follow The Edublogger — If you’re not already receiving the email newsletter from Edublogs, maybe you’d like to sign up? I send out an email each week sharing the latest blog post.
This was my second time running the Student Blogging Challenge and I’d like to thank everyone involved.
To Sue Wyatt…
Miss W/Tasteach/Sue Wyatt works tirelessly behind the scenes to help our commenting team, support participants, and keep our spreadsheets up to date. We appreciate you, Sue!
To our commenters…
Another big thank you goes to our team of commenters who provided an authentic audience for our students and classes each week. Your comments really helped our students with their confidence and motivation. We hope you’ll return again as a commenter in October.
To our participants…
It has been fantastic to see such enthusiastic participation from our students and teachers across the world! I hope you’ve all learned a lot and made some connections.
The Student Blogging Challenge will start again in October, 2019. Spread the word!
Summary Of The Student Blogging Challenge
Let’s look at STUBC by the numbers…
- Number of registered individual students: 1200
- Number of registered classes: 140
- Number of countries represented: 26
Number of tasks submitted
These are the edited numbers after incorrect and duplicate URLs were removed.
The forms for these tasks are still open so the numbers may increase.
Week Ten Tasks
This week there are two tasks to complete. If you don’t have time to write your audit post, please just spend 5 minutes completing our survey. We’d really appreciate it!
Teachers, please help us in making sure your students fill in the correct survey (for students)
Task 1: Audit Your Blog
Option One: Write a post on your blog reflecting on your participation in the challenge.
These are the sorts of prompts you could answer in your post:
- How many weeks of the challenge did you participate in?
- How many posts did you write in the ten week period?
- How many comments did you receive from classmates, teachers, or other visitors?
- Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why?
- Which web tools did you use to show creativity on your blog?
- What are your plans for your blog now? Will you keep posting?
Option Two: Ask a student/teacher/family member 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?
If you’re working as a class on this activity, perhaps the teacher could write a post and invite the students to reflect in a comment.
Task 2: Evaluate The Challenge
Please complete our short survey so we know what you enjoyed most about the challenge and what we could do to improve things in the future.
There is a separate survey for teachers and students.
Add this URL to your class blog if you like https://forms.gle/QyJgn5YLFj6o8mfR7
Please don’t share the teacher survey link with students.
Congratulations on completing the Student Blogging Challenge!
Download a certificate to celebrate your achievement.
Note for commenters: I’ll email you about accessing your certificate.
I will be contacting our commenting team via email soon to offer them a certificate.
Submit Your Post URL ⬇
If you want a commenter and other participants to visit your final task on your blog, remember to fill in the Google Form below.
The Google Form
Edit: Enter your details in the Google Form below or click here to open it in a new tab.
Teachers, feel free to put the Form URL on your class blog if it’s easier for your students to access.
If you have any additional comments about the Student Blogging Challenge, feel free to leave a comment below!