Reasons to visit

Our first challenge went very well and I would like to mention some blogs to visit.

Classes wrote posts, comments and some even used wallwisher to give us reasons to visit their class blog.

Classes:

Mr Miller, MissT, Mr GonzalezMs Williams, MrsB, Mrs Yollis, Ms Grist, DRiddle, MsDaglish, MrsDaugherty and  TheSPUDS

Some of these students are beginners while others are veterans and have taken part in a previous student blogging challenge.

Students:

Alexis, Natalie, Gloria, Joe (not Joey), Kim, Angel (dude), Isaiah, Addie, Emily (one of our youngest students), Andrea, Clare (without an i), Zachary, Cheyenne, Morgan, ArielJosh, Tim, Austin, Harlie, Eliana, Reece, Ashley, Kennedy, Travis, Jazmin, Matthew, Megan, Paul, Brooke,   Nicholas and Skye.

Remember to add a hyperlink (trackback, pingback) to every post you have written for the challenge. Then I can visit, leave a comment or add you to a post for others to visit, just like I have in this post.

I have just been checking all the student blogs listed in the challenge and have found a few more good reasons to visit these blogs.

Nick, Ben, Ella, Dorothy, Astrid, Andrew, Paul,

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March 2010: Challenge 1

Welcome to the first challenge for March 2010.  For the first time, all challenges will be categorised as one of the following:

  1. beginner student
  2. veteran student – means has been blogging for about 6 months or more
  3. commenter – doesn’t have own blog but comments or posts on a class blog
  4. class

Teachers – there have already been some teacher challenges on ‘The Edublogger’ so your class blog could be ready for this challenge – if you have not completed them, could you do so as soon as possible. If you have students on a blogroll, please have their RSS post feeds in some type of reader or netvibes etc with an obvious link on your class blog – check out all our posts etc. This will make it easier for comments to be left when another class visits your blog.

Blogging is all about holding conversations with people who have similar interests to you.  You might have a blog about Nascar racing, your friend has one about Greening the Earth or as most of you do, one for showing the world what you are doing at school and answering questions in relevant subject areas.  Here is your first challenge:

Beginner:

Make sure you have an up-to-date page telling ‘About’ you. Check out some of the following students from previous challenges: JessNick, LaurenLittle Miss Room18, Marnie, Dominique, Kira, Jacob, Keely and Brad.

If using Edublogs, this is a PAGE not a POST. It will appear as a link across the top of your header or in the PAGE widget on your sidebar. Here is a link to explain how to edit the ‘About’ page which is already on your blog. If using BLOGSPOT, you also have an about me area in your profile. Remember to be internet safe in the information you put on the page.

Veteran:

Write a post about why students and classes should visit your blog. Why is your blog going to be interesting? What will you be posting about? What could they learn from reading your blog? Make sure you hyperlink back to this challenge post  somewhere in your post.That way, I will get a trackback or pingback and I will be able to visit your blog to read your post, otherwise I won’t know if you have written anything about this challenge.

eg. This post is for Challenge 1 in the March 2010 challenge. Highlight ‘Challenge 1’  then use the Link icon  – chains joined – and type in the URL for this post. Check out how Abbey has created the trackback here.

Commenter:

Leave a comment on this post telling me three interesting things about you. Check out the page called “March 2010 students’ and visit two blogs there where students have similar interests to you and leave a comment on their blog.

Class:

Each week you will need to have visited the blog of the class on either side of your name on the ‘March 2010 classes’ page. This will make sure each class gets visited by at least two other classes.  Then choose some other classes from the list that you would like to visit – students of similar age perhaps.

On your class blog, write a post about why students and classes should visit your blog. What will they learn from reading your posts? Are there any skills your class has that they could pass on to other classes and students?

Original image: ‘Three Ladies in Conversation‘  by: John Wigham
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It’s about to start!!

Just over one week until the student blogging challenge begins.


Are you ready to push yourself?

So far we have had over 50 classes from 10 different countries register: Australia, USA, New Zealand, Argentina, Mexico, Canada, Norway, UK, Hong Kong and UAE.  Check out their blogs on the page link on the right called ‘March 2010 classes’.

We have also had over 170 students register with their own blogs mainly from USA, Canada and Australia. Make sure you check out the link for the page on the right:   ‘March 2010 students’.   Each couple of days I will be re-sorting the list of participants so they are in order by age.

If you want to leave a comment here telling me what topics you would like to write about in the challenge, that might help me with my forward planning.

Teachers who have registered classes, I hope you have been keeping up with the pre-challenge activities for your class blog at TheEdublogger – written by the fantastic Sue Waters.

Attribution:
Original image: ‘it`s READY…
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by: Perparim Ajvazi
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Student registration March 2010

The time has arrived for students to register their personal blogs if they are taking part in the student blogging challenge for March 2010.  Please register only once and check a couple of days later that your name and blog is on the page to the right called ‘March 2010 students’.  If your name is not there, I will have taken it off because you had a wrong URL most likely.

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Teachers – can’t see the google form to register?

You came to this blog to register your class for the student blogging challenge, but you can’t see the google form on the previous post?

Here is a link to the google form that you should be able to get to, but please also remember to use the mailchimp email in the previous post as this will help if we do a general mailout to teachers about the challenge or the activities involved.

Now check the page on the right sidebar called ‘March2010 classes’ to make sure your class blog is registered correctly.

Students will be able to register next week.  They will have a different form to the teachers and they will also have their page on the right sidebar.

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