Usually when you finish a project or area of study at school you have to evaluate how well it went. That is what we will be asking you to do for this final challenge.
This final challenge is an audit of your blog since the beginning of September 2010.
- How many posts did you write?
- How many were school based, your own interests or set by the challenge?
- How many comments did you receive from classmates, teachers or overseas students?
- Which post received the most comments? Why do you think that happened?
- Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why?
- Did you change blog themes at all and why?
- How many widgets do you have? Do you think this is too many or not enough?
Now ask another student and teacher/parent from your school who might not have read your blog to do an audit. Sit beside them while they navigate around your blog, record what you observe as they interact with your blog. When finished, ask them the following questions:
- What were your first impressions of this blog?
- What captured your attention?
- What distracted you on the blog?
- What suggestions can you give me to improve my blog?
Other activities for this last challenge include:
1. Change the theme on your blog to reflect that it is Christmas time and the month of December – remember though to change the theme again early in January.
2. Do you still want to take part in some challenges or write posts for other students to comment on? Then visit these two blogs:
3. Write a post you think would be suitable to add to this international student blog. It will need writing, a question at the end, images, perhaps other media like a poll or slideshare. What topic will you choose?
If you would like to be an author on the international blog, leave a comment here on this post. Also remember to hyperlink to this post when you write your challenge so I can visit. The best challenges will be added to the international blog.
Teachers – if you would be interested in having your class join the international blog, please leave a comment under the page heading “Join us”. I will start organizing the calendar again so each class has about two weeks or a fortnight in which to have control of the blog.
4. A few teachers are starting to put together a teacher challenge blog similar to this student challenge blog. What hints or tips would you give teachers who are starting out on the journey of blogging for themselves or with a class blog or individual student blogs? Write a post with your hints and link it back to this post, so we can then add your hints to our teacher challenge next year.
Finally, I would like to say a big thank you to all the students and classes who took part in this challenge. I hope you learnt a lot and will be sharing your knowledge with your new teachers in the coming years. Remember the next challenge will start in early March 2011, so visit here again in February ready to register for the new challenge.
Original image: ‘seidener faden‘
by: Nils L.
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