This is the final Student Blogging Challenge post until we start again in March 2020!
It’s time to reflect and celebrate!
Week Seven Recap
Many students are enjoying sharing posts about their favourite holidays or celebrations.
You can find all the submitted tasks here (or click on the week 7 box on the sidebar).
Here’s just a handful of excellent work we spotted:
- Mrs. Smiley has recorded a few videos throughout the challenge and used different strategies to share the challenge with her students. Great work!
- Rusty and Miss W have been commenting about their interest in birds of a feathered kind. We 💓commenting conversations!
- Lauren and Mrs Di (volunteer commenter) have been challenging each other.
- 7th grade Writing with Mrs. Lord is a new class that just created their About Me posts.
- BeautyBeatz is a student whose personality comes through in her posts. She has a really strong writing voice!
- You can look back at some of the great work on our 2019 Student Blogging Challenge Flipboard.
- The forms for weeks 1-6 are closed. The week 7 form will close on Wednesday 27th November as normal. The week 8 form will stay open a little later until Sunday December 8. Feel free to add any tasks you’re finishing off to the week 8 form.
- If you’d like to join us again for the next challenge in March 2020, make sure you’re on our mailing list. You’ll get an email in February when registrations are open. Otherwise, check this blog in February for all the news.
- 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 regularly sharing the latest blog post.
Results Of Our Celebrations Poll
Last week we ran a poll to see which holidays our STUBC participants celebrate. We had 974 responses!
Here are the most popular responses in percentages. If you notice anything interesting about the data, feel free to leave a comment on this post (or blog about it!).
Other responses with lower percentages included birthdays, Eid, Holi, Kwanzaa, 4th of July, Ramadan, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Vaisakhi.
Tip: I made the chart above by entering the survey data into a free online tool called BEAM. It’s handy!
Earlier in the year, I wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to commit to the Student Blogging Challenge as my daughter was diagnosed with leukaemia in May.
Despite many posts, emails, and comments written from hospital, I did it! However, it has been a team effort 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 Marg Grosfield…
Marg is a special commenter who did a wonderful job behind the scenes helping with the spreadsheet. Marg generously volunteered her help when she heard I was having a busy time taking care of my daughter. Thank you!
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 March.
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 March, 2020. Spread the word!
Summary Of The Student Blogging Challenge
Let’s look at STUBC by the numbers…
- Number of registered individual students: 1612
- Number of registered classes: 147
- Number of countries represented: 23
Number of tasks submitted
These are the edited numbers after incorrect and duplicate URLs were removed.
⬇ These forms are still open so we don’t have a final number of posts to share.
- Week 8: Let’s Reflect!
What Makes A Quality Blog Post?
I hope you’ve learnt a lot throughout the Student Blogging Challenge! Perhaps if you look back to your posts from a few weeks ago you can see that you’ve improved.
To wrap all our learning up, I invite you take a look at this poster. It goes over some of the essential ingredients of a quality blog post. You might have your own ideas too!
You’re welcome to add this poster to your blog.
Week Eight Tasks
This week there are 3 tasks to complete. If you don’t have time to write a 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: 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/mre8HcCct9ZLmi2o7
Please don’t share the teacher survey link with students.
Task 2: 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 8 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 my 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 3: Your Blogging Plans
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. To do this well, you might need a plan.
Write a post about how you continue to keep blogging:
- Perhaps you’d like to publish a list of ideas you have for future blog post topics.
- Or, you could ask your readers for suggestions on what they’d like you to write about on your blog. You could even run a poll.
- Write about anyone you have connected with throughout the challenge that you’d like to stay in touch with. Are there any blogs you’ll keep reading and commenting on?
Blog post ideas for students:
More advanced bloggers and teachers might enjoy these two posts on The Edublogger:
- A Plan For Writing A Weekly Blog Post In 10 Minutes A Day.
- 12 Tips For Maintaining Momentum With Blogging
If you’re working as a class on this activity, perhaps students could contribute post ideas which the teacher compiles. Readers could be invited to comment or vote.
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 during the week.
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
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!