September blogging helpers

While this challenge is on, I try to visit each individual student blog at least three times, but with more and more students registering their own blog, I am finding this more difficult to do.

Sue Waters from TheEdublogger sent out an urgent request for helpers in the challenge.  You can read the post here. Within an hour of the post being published and a few tweets sent out on Twitter, we had six helpers for commenting.

Role of the helper

I will allocate about 20 blogs for each helper to visit. By the end of the challenge, they will visit each of those blogs at least twice. Each helper will leave one or more comments on the blogs. The comments might be on your about page, or on a post and might include some tips to improve your blog. Hopefully the comment they leave will also allow you to keep carrying on a conversation with the helper.

If you want to know more about your helper, look at the comments on this post as they will be writing a short little bio in the comments.

Original image: ‘Trust

Trust

Students and classes – grab a badge

We thought some of you might like to add badges to your blogs to let your readers know you’re participating in the Student Blogging Challenge.  So here they are!  Thanks to Sue Waters at The Edublogger for this post.

For Better Bloggers

Better Blogger participant

For Better Commenters

Better Commenter participant

For Student Blogger Helper

Student Blogger Helper

Adding your badge(s) to your blog is as easy as:

1.  Download this Student Challenge Zip file – contains the HTML code for all badges with links back to the Student Blogging Challenge blog
2.  Unzip the downloaded file to a folder on your hard drive.
3.  Open up badgecode.txt (contained inside the zip file)
4.  Copy the HTML code for the required badge(s)

Copy the HTML code

5.  Go to Appearance > Widgets in your Dashboard
6.  Drag and drop a Text Widget from the Available Widgets or Inactive Widgets areas on the left into the Sidebar area on the right
7.  Now just paste your HTML code into the text widget, then click Save and Close

Just over one week till the challenge starts. Hope you are all getting excited and have started visiting the other classes and students who have already registered.

Using Web2.0

Throughout the challenge we will be trying out new tools and learning how to use embed code in our blogs. Here is an animoto I made using only images. Teachers, if you sign up for the education version of animoto, you will receive a classcode that students then use when they signup. Allows you to see their animotos and videos can be more than 1 minute long. Code lasts for 6 months then ask for a new one.

One Day on Earth

On October 10, one of the blogging challenges will relate to this fantastic idea from a ning called ‘One Day on Earth’. Teachers, please join your classes in the ning or be prepared to complete a similar activity on your blog around that date.

When you join, you can receive details for an educational pack that will help you download the films you have taken and also how to look at that downloaded by others around the world.

This is certainly global community at its best, showing off your land and culture to others around the world.


Visit One Day On Earth

Ideas for challenge activities

This is the fifth challenge I have organized and I seem to be running out of ideas for challenge activities. I wonder if the students and teachers who have taken part in previous years, or those who will be joining us for the first time, could think of some interesting topics we could include.

Many of the students  will be blogging for the first time so everything will be new, but some students  will have been blogging for over six months. Perhaps some of you took part in the challenge in March – I don’t want to repeat the same challenges so, please

“Give me some ideas!”

Original image: ‘Green Elephants Garden Sculptures

Green Elephants Garden Sculptures

by: epSos .de  Released under an Attribution License

Teachers: register class blogs here

A few changes this year to the way teachers register for the blogging challenge. Ronnie, from Edublogs, has created a form that will allow us to have a directory on the Sept. 2010 classes page. The directory will show the latest three posts from your class blog as well as a thumbnail of your blog.

UPDATE UPDATE We have found this directory is not working well when using Internet Explorer. If possible use Firefox when viewing the Sept. 2010 Classes page.

So here we go:
1. Fill in the form below.
2. On the sidebar, fill in the details for the mailing list chimp.

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Every three or four weeks we will be sending out a newsletter regarding the challenge. This will go to each person who has filled in the mailing list chimp.

Are you ready for the challenge in September?

Keep watching this space. Within the next month, I will be putting in new registration forms for those classes and students wishing to take part in the September Challenge.

In the meantime, check out the classes and students who participated in March. Links are on the pages to the right labelled “March 2010 classes” and “March 2010 students”.

Do you want to know what some of the challenges were? Then check out the “Challenge section” for March 2010.

Do you have a great idea for a challenge post? Please leave a comment if you do.

Would you like to write a challenge post in your class blog? If yes, we can redirect the challenge one week to your blog

If teachers want to begin organizing their blogs ready for the challenge, then check out the series of posts in “The Edublogger” written by Sue Waters.

This series includes:

Original image: ‘Ready, set, Go!

Ready, set, Go!

by: Caio Vítor

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