Challenge FAQs

What is the challenge about?

The challenge is about getting students to blog and develop a world wide audience while doing so, rather than just having their teacher and classmates look at their work.

The Student Blogging Challenge runs twice yearly.  A new Challenge starts March and September, each year.

  • It is made up of a series of 10 weekly tasks all designed to improve blogging and commenting skills while connecting students with a global audience.
  • The Challenge is open to both class blogs and to individual student bloggers from all over the world and of all ages – blogs don’t need to be hosted by Edublogs to participate!*
  • Participants can complete as many of the tasks as they like and in any order.
  • If you are an educator, you can also register to mentor a small group of students.
  • Registration forms are published mid February and mid September ready for the challenges in March and September.

How can my class be involved?

Your class can be involved as a class blog or each student with their own blog can be involved in the student section of the challenge. If students don’t have their own blog, they might want to leave comments instead. There will also be activities for a whole class to do.

As the teacher, what do I have to do?

If you have a class blog, make sure the link to this challenge blog is on your blogroll somewhere to make it easy for your students to find the challenges.  If you would prefer, you can copy and paste the challenges into your own class blog and adapt them to suit the needs of your students.

Check out this example of a teacher adapting the Week 6 – Our World task  from the September 2013 Student blogging challenge series.   You can read the teacher’s post on the class blog here.

Mainly, keep reminding the students of the challenge and allow them time in and out of school to complete the activities.

How do I join the challenge as a student?

There will be a post on this blog in both February and September each year, about three weeks before the challenge begins. This will be a Google form for each participant to fill in.  This document will then be converted to a page called Student participants and you will be able to see all the students and links to their URLs so you can visit them to read posts and leave comments. Students will be sorted according to age  making it easier for you to visit.

How do I join the challenge as a class?

First two things to do are register your class blog (see page above header) and add your name and email to the mailing list widget on the sidebar.

You might also want to check out the page labelled ‘Class Blog Help’ as this has information so you can organize your class ready for when the first set of student challenges is posted.

Email me whenever you want extra help.

Does my blog have to be Edublogs?

No you can use any platform for your blog eg  blogger, wordpress, kidblog, weebly, but when I give detailed instructions in the challenges, they will refer to Edublogs.

How do I prepare for the Challenge?

If you are new to blogging we recommend you work through the Edublogs Teacher Challenge’s Blogging with students series.

The Blogging with Students series takes you step by step through the process of setting up a class blog and every thing you need to know about blogging with students.   It provides links to class blogs so you can check out how they are used by educators.

The series guides you through the process of blogging regardless of what platform you use.

Can we start later than other students and classes?

It doesn’t matter when you start.  You can catch up the activities or you can leave some out.  I realise some schools will be on holidays for various parts of the year.

What will the challenges involve?

We curate the best posts published by student blogs and class blogs into our Flipboard Magazines.  You’ll find our Student Blogging Challenge March 2015 Magazine here.

Below is a list of what students had the chance to do in ten weeks in a previous challenge:

Write blog posts:

  • why did you  join the challenge
  • write a post on global issues
  • favourite interests
  • favourite holidays or countries to visit
  • storytelling using images
  • how to write a post that invites comments
  • favourite blogs you visit
  • Edublogger competition post
  • what did you learn from other bloggers
  • about a positive digital footprint
  • a challenge post for the international student blog


  • count three out activity
  • own commenting guidelines
  • comparing comments
  • replying to comments
  • commenting habits after eight weeks of the challenge
  • visit posts from overseas students and classes to leave comments

Non written posts:

  • comic
  • quiz
  • poll
  • images only
  • using embed code for links in comments and widgets

Blog presentation:

  • create avatar
  • about page
  • translation widget
  • weather widget
  • create blogroll
  • add badges
  • clustrmap
  • using tags and categories

26 thoughts on “Challenge FAQs

  1. Hi Miss W,

    I’m a children’s librarian and in my search for a new program for the kids in my library I came across this Student Blog Challenge. I am curious if this could work in a library setting? It would be wonderful to have a program here where the children learn how to join the blogosphere while using this challenge as a motivator. What do you think? Do you have any ideas about this or do you think this challenge could really only work in the classroom environment?


    • Hi Davia,
      I would suggest you have a blog for the library (maybe called Blogging in our Library) and have the students as contributors to the blog. That way you still have control over the posts and comments but the students write the posts relating to the challenge. To make the challenge work you need a keen teacher who will help the students – perhaps you could use it as part of your library lessons or if you have keen students who come in at lunch or after school.

  2. Hi Miss W.
    I have been looking at the Student Blogging Challenge blog often waiting to see registration info for the next challenge but can only see March 2016 info in the tabs. I subscribed twice today but haven’t received a confirmation email. Is there usually a delay? I’d really like to include my students in the Global challenge and realise now we are behind although some of them have been blogging for a few months and have done the basics. Can we still register?

  3. I would like my class to join the challenge. We are using Kidblog as our blogigng platform. Should I register as a class or individual students? Each student has a blog under the class, but I have not been able to find the url for individual student blogs.

  4. I am having difficulty finding how to log in and comment on my mentees blogs. I am sure I just have not located the directions yet, but would you might providing me with some directions?
    Thank You!

    • Hi Penny,
      If you have an edublogs blog then log into your blog before going to leave comments. Most of the students you are mentoring have an edublogs blog. If you don’t have an Edublogs blog then you will need to fill in more information when leaving a comment.

      To find your students, go to this link and scroll down to the 13 year old part of the list. There are about 5 other teachers who are also mentoring some 13 year olds. Your students are a reddish colour and your name will be in the first line in red, student names will be in the same colour.

      To go to the student blog click on their URL and it should open in a new tab. To leave a comment on their blog, find a post you enjoyed reading and either click on the name of the post or find the words no comments or 1 comment or similar either at the top or the bottom of the post. Click on that and it will now open to an area for you leave a comment. Please get back to me if you still have concerns.

  5. To Dan who left a comment earlier,
    Sorry but I deleted the comment as there was no legitimate email address. Thanks for your concern though. Not all parents check what their children are doing on the computer and sometimes the only thing students know about online internet safety is what they are taught at school.

    This challenge is an optional activity for interested teachers to use with their students. As far as I know, no students have to participate in the challenge.

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  13. The email link did not arrive in my mail box to register me as a class.Do I have to wait longer for this?
    I hope there was not an age maximum, as my students are a little older than most of the K to 12 students you have registered here. Please let me know soon if we are able to join the challenge still.

    • I think its great that you want your students to blog; however, I would be concerned about adults visiting and commenting on K-12 student blogs.

      • Mr Teague,
        Most people who know about this challenge are educators. Most students signed up for the challenge are under the guidance of their class teachers or a home school group. The students are taught if they come across a comment that does not seem legit, to talk to their teacher, who will then often use it as a teaching moment with the rest of the class. Having run this challenge now for three years, I have only had 3 comments that were inappropriate and they were from students. But thanks for your concern.

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