Nearly there

Just a couple more days and the first challenge post will be published.

Are you ready?

Students, have you:

  • registered for the challenge?
  • added the challenge badge to your blog sidebar?
  • checked you are on the student list only once? If your country is in pink then the URL is incorrect or I need a password to leave a comment – please change privacy settings.
  • subscribed to the challenge blog so you get the posts immediately they are published
  • written a great first post so your visitors have somewhere to leave you a comment?
  • replied to any comments left by your visitors especially if they have asked a question?
  • checked out the help guides for Edublogs, Weebly, Blogger or Kidblog?

Classes, have you:

  • registered for the challenge?
  • added the challenge badge to your blog sidebar?
  • checked you are on the class list only once?
  • written a great first post so your visitors have somewhere to leave you a comment?
  • subscribed to the challenge blog so you get the posts immediately they are published
  • added some other class blog links on your sidebar? Remember those in mauve on the list have student blogs also on their blog.
  • is your country in pink? If yes, then URL is incorrect or I need a password to get into your blog to leave a comment.
  • checked out the help guides for Edublogs, Weebly, Blogger or Kidblog?

Commenters, have you:

  • added the challenge badge to your blog sidebar?
  • written a post about being a commenter so students can also comment when they visit you
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2018 Student Blogging Challenge Badges Are Here!

 

Here are the new 2018 badges ready to add to your blogs.

You can right click the badge above to save it to your computer and then follow the instructions below to add the badge to your blog.

You can either add the badge to your a sidebar using the Image Widget or by pasting the image URL into a Text Widget. Both options are explained below:

Adding A Badge to Your Blog’s Sidebar

Using the Image Widget (Edublogs and CampusPress)

1. Save the image above to your computer or download it here

2. Go to Appearance > Widgets.

3. Add an Image Widget to your sidebar

Add image widget

4.  Click on Add Image.

Image widget

5.  Click on Upload Files and then Select File,  locate the image and then click Open to upload the image.

Select File

6.  Select Custom URL from Link To and add a link to the Student blogging challenge blog (so anyone interested in the challenge can easily click through) then click Add To Widget.

Add link

7.  Add your title and click Save.

Add Title

8.  You should now see your badge in your sidebar!

Using the Custom HTML widget

1. Go to Appearance > Widgets.

2.  Add a Custom HTML widget to your sidebar.

3.  Give the Custom HTML a title (Optional); something like “Student Blogging Challenge 2017” would work well.

4.  Copy and paste the following code into your widget:

<a href="http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/"><img src="https://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/files/2018/02/SBB2018-2j2v19i-xygxj7-300x295.png" alt="Student challenge 2018" width="300" height="295" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-2614" /></a>

It should look like this:

5.  Click Save.

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March 2018 students register here

Before filling in the registration form please read the following:

Who should register 

  • Only students who have their own personal blog can register
  • Students who want to connect with other students around the world
  • Register only once – I can usually work out incorrect URLs by visiting class blogs or contacting teachers

A few days after  you have registered

  1. Check the student participants page which will appear in the header area to make sure you are there. Check very carefully under your age group as we don’t need names being doubled up
  2. If you are not on the participants page, register again being careful that your blog URL is correct.
  3. If you are on the participants list, start visiting other students your age or with your interests.
  4. Fill in the subscription by email widget so you are notified when posts are published each week – first challenge will be March 4 or if you have Edublogs reader, click on follow then you will be able to read posts in your reader.
  5. Make sure you have some great posts written so others can start leaving comments.

If you have a twitter account, use the hashtag #stubc to notify others of your posts – note no numbers in the hashtag from now on.

Read everything above this line, now is the time to register

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March 2018 classes register here

Before filling in the registration form please read the following:

Who should register

  • Teachers who have their own class blog can register, can be any blogging platform
  • Classes which want to connect with other classes around the world

Reminders before registering

  1. If your blog URL is very long, then use a shortener such as this one from Google  Also handy when students are registering their blogs on their form (especially if kidblog as the URL is usually long).
  2. In case I need to contact you, an email is the easiest way, so please fill that in on the last question on the form. This is not published but other teachers could contact me in case you don’t have a contact spot on your blog.

A few days after  you have registered

  1. Check the class participants page which will appear in the header area to make sure you are there.
  2. If you are not on the participants page, register again being careful that your blog URL is correct
  3. If you are on the participants list, start visiting other classes of similar grade level.
  4. Fill in the subscription by email widget so you are notified when posts are published each week – first challenge will be March 4 or if you have Edublogs reader, click on follow then you will be able to read posts in your reader.
  5. Make sure you have some great posts written so others can leave comments.

If publicising any posts on twitter, please use the hashtag   #stubc  Note the change – no numbers from now on.

 

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Commenters register here

Mentors are now going to become commenters instead. This will work similarly to 100WC.

Who can be a commenter?

classroom teacher or homeschool teacher
principal or senior staff or faculty members
trainee teachers
students who have taken part in at least two sets of previous challenges or been invited by the organizers
educational coaches or trainers
regular blogger about educational matters
authors of children’s books with their own website

Commenters will:

  1. Register to be a commenter via a Google form found at the bottom of this post.
  2. If selected as a commenter, receive one email giving the 5 numbers allocated to you to comment on
  3. Receive a weekly email, sent out on Wednesdays Australian time, reminding you to leave comments – will be a link to that week’s student post Google form on the email

Each week:

  1. Click on the link in your weekly email
  2. Find the 5 numbers for the blogs to comment on
  3. Click on URL of blog post to leave a comment – leave comment on that post or any other post from that student blog
  4.  If you want to comment on other student blogs, visit the main challenge blog and check out any comments left there for that week in the normal commenting area

 

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