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.
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?
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:
- images only
- using embed code for links in comments and widgets