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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

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.

Want to connect now …..

So, you can’t wait until the challenge starts?

You want to start connecting with other students RIGHT NOW.

Well here are a couple of sites you might want to visit.

Bringing us Together was created after the first blogging challenge because the students wanted to keep in touch. We haven’t been using it for a while but maybe you can find something there you would like to comment on.Maybe you would like to write a post ready for other students to comment on.

A teacher in Sydney, Australia has just set up a student Blogging Cafe. You might like your class to join the cafe, so students during their lunch hour or a spare half hour could complete some of the short challenges and activities.

Of course, you could always start reading and commenting on class and student blogs listed for September 2010 linked on the header. If using Internet Explorer and checking out class blogs, please use the link saying ‘use IE’.

So far, as at 3pm on Thursday 9 September, we have over 250 student blogs and 100 class blogs from about 10 countries registered for the challenge.

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