Heads Up

The post next week is all about global issues but there are some interesting events happening this week that you might want to take part in ready for the activities in next week’s challenge.

This is an excellent website showing what happens every day of the year. These are some for this coming week:

Students have taken part in Earth Hour since I began the challenge in 2008. Make sure you visit their website and perhaps add a widget to your blog.

Teachers here is a link to their school starter kit.

 

 

 

 

 

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Something changed

I received an email from one of the teacher’s whose class love commenting  but they used to visit the challenge post and look at the comments left there. With our change in commenting not many comments are being left on each post. Instead they are being added to the weekly Google form at the end of the weekly post.

So I will be adding a link on the sidebar for each week’s posts written by students. Some will have been commented on already and some may not. Please visit first those without a comment.

Teachers, if your class would like to comment on a certain number of posts, please contact me and I will add you to the comment list.

Students who have taken part in the challenge before and would like to leave comments may also contact me.

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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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