Info For First Time Visitors

The Student Blogging Challenge runs twice yearly.  A new Challenge starts March and October, 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 October.

The Student Blogging Challenge is coordinated by Sue Wyatt, Sue Waters and Ronnie Burt.

Here  is where you can read more about the Student Blogging Challenge:

  1. About the Challenge
  2. Challenge FAQs

Receive the latest News from the Student Challenge Blog

There are two ways to get the latest posts, which include the challenge activities, automatically delivered to you.

  1. Email notification
  2. Subscribe in a Reader

Email Notification

The first and the easiest is to sign up for email notification.

If you look in the right sidebar you will see a box that says ‘Enter your email address’.

Simply enter your email address, a pop-up box will appear and you just need to enter the anti-spam word and then click on “Complete Subscription Request.”

You’ll receive an email asking you to activate your subscription, click on the link to activate your email notification.

Now you’ll receive an email notifying you when new posts or information are added to this blog.

Subscribe in a Reader

The better way if you want to follow a number of different sites is to subscribe in a Reader rather than be updated by email.

Most blogs and news sites now use RSS to notify readers of new content.

For example, whenever your favorite blogger publishes a new post it is automatically sent to your Feed reader.

Sites with RSS feeds are normally indicated with the word RSS and/or the orange RSS icon

RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication.” It’s simply a way for new information to come to you whenever it’s put online. You don’t need to worry about what it means–just learn how to use it.

If you already use a Reader like Feedly, Bloglines or NetVibes either:

  • Copy and paste the URL of  Student Blogging Challenge blog into your Reader
  • Or in the right side menu,  click on the link for Subscribe by Feed Reader.

Or, if you aren’t using a Feed Reader I suggest you try Feedly.

You’ll find step by step instructions to setting up Feedly here.

And don’t forget we love comments

Leaving a comment is as simple as this…

1. Click on the heading of the post you wish to comment on or the “comment” link at the top or at the bottom of the post.
2. Scroll down until you can see the “Leave a Comment” section
3. You will be asked for your name (you can use a nickname) and email address (this is not published)
4. You will also need to write the “spam word”
5. Click “submit comment”


43 thoughts on “Info For First Time Visitors

  1. Sorry but I’m not sure how this works. I have registered but haven’t recieved any emails telling me how it all works?

    • G’day Jodie,
      I see you registered on the class list. If you look above the flags in the header, there is the class participants. The idea of the challenge is for you to make connections by visiting other classes of similar age to you. Every Sunday I post on the blog a group of activities to choose from to do over the next week. You only have to do one and you can adapt it to what you are doing in class if you wish. Once you have finished the activity, come back to this main blog and leave a comment on the post including URL of your blog. That will make it easy for both myself and others to visit and comment on your post.

  2. Hi, I was wondering how, when and where to sign up for the September 2013 round of the student blog challenge?
    Thanks for your help

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    • Mr Watkins,
      On the right sidebar of this blog is the heading ‘Latest Challenge Posts’. This is where you find the weekly challenges. Three have been posted so far. There is also a badge you can put on your blog to show your class is participating.

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