ImageChef.comWhile 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.

So today Sue Waters from TheEdublogger allowed me to send 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 have allocated about 30 blogs for each helper to visit. By the middle of April, they will visit each of their blogs at least once. Each helper will leave one or more comments on your blog. The comments might be on your about page, or on a post and might include some clues 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.

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17 thoughts on “Student blogging challenge helpers

  1. Dear All,
    teach Family Consumer Science and Health in Brattleboro, Vermont. My school is a 7-8 middle school with 300 students. I am just starting to learn to blog. (a few weeks) I introduced my Career Paths class and we are pecking away on
    I am inspired by the adults and students who have taken this learning opportunity to new levels. A few nights ago I was almost crying because I couldn’t do what I wanted to do on my blog. I spent hours trying to figure it out. I hope I will be a better teacher having put myself in the role of learner with this.
    I am excited to read student blogs. I think this will be a great adventure.

  2. I have been a social studies teacher for over 12 years and I really look forward to getting to know you. I am new at blogging too, so I hope that you can teach ME and we can learn together. It will be fun learning about other people and exploring new ideas.

    Michelle Sontag

  3. Hello everyone,
    I am a new mature teacher. I currently teach Gr 1/2 in Epsom Australia – so 6 and 7 year olds. My school is a leading school when it comes to technology. We use iPods (Nanos+ touch), Nike sensors, interactive whiteboards, iMacs, laptops and netbooks on an everyday basis. However I spent the first 16 years of my life working for Centrelink (Social Security, Welfare) where I spent most of my time in the Youth Allowance arena out in schools speaking to students as well as an innovative project that I managed for 18mths. It was called Bcentral and it was a melting pot of young peoples services all housed together in a funky purpose built building. It was the highlight of my career – being the driving force behind Canberra (Gov’t) signing a 9year lease. This gave security to the other tenants. After Bcentral a did alot of team leading and worked my way to Bendigo Centrelink manager. I was responsible for 100 staff, KPI’s, million dollar budgets, as well as many customers livelihood. I am really looking forward to reading your blogs, offering constructive comments and learning from you all!!!

  4. Hi 🙂
    I am a Primary School teacher from Cardiff Australia. I teach Year 2 & 3 students who are 7, 8 & 9 years old.
    My class is learning how to blog and really want to start their own blogs this year. They really love all the widgets and different ways of presenting that you can do on your blog.

    I started blogging as I wanted to share with other people all the wonderful things that I find that will help my students enjoy learning. As a result I am talking to many different people from all over the world.

    I am really looking forward to reading your posts . How wonderful that you decided to take part in the Blogging Challenge.

  5. Hey! My name is Abbey and I’m 13 years old. This is my second year blogging and my third challenge. My favorite things include chocolate, math, and Abe Lincoln. I’m excited to be helping out with this challenge. It’s the least I can do for Ms. Waters and Miss W after all they have done for me!

    Have fun blogging!
    ~Abbey =) <3

  6. Hi…

    I am a high school librarian at all boys school in Cleveland, Ohio. I was part of the challenge last year and it was a great experience. I think that one of the best parts of blogging is the feedback and comments that you receive from others…it opens up so many different lines of communication and leads to a great exchange of ideas. I am looking forward to reading your blogs and learning from you.

    Milena Streen

  7. Hi Everyone,
    I’m a Year 3 teacher in York, Western Australia, about an hour and a half from Perth. I’ve been blogging with my classes for the last 3 years or so and I just keep on learning better ways of doing this, usually from looking at other blogs. So I’m really looking forward to seeing what you have done and I’m hoping to steal some ideas to use with my own class. We haven’t started doing individual blogs yet but I’m wanting to get to this soon.
    Cathy Vivian

  8. I teach adults (lawyers, economists, doctors mainly) English down here in Murcia in the south of Spain and am also building an online Spanish & English learning community around my blog. I’ve also taught in language academies, summer camps and on Master’s business degree courses. I’ve been blogging for about 6 years, one way or another and my current blog is my best attempt yet :-). You can read more about me if you click on my link.

    I write my blog in both English and Spanish and record the audio so that people who are learning either language can read and listen at the same time and learn some more words as they learn about life.

    I see enormous potential in blogging as an activity for learning, self-development, teaching, business and politics. If you think about how you want to blog, who you want to talk to and which conversations you want to participate in, you can use a single blog post to achieve all of these goals.

    This edublogs student challenge seems like a great idea to help young bloggers discover blogging’s potential.

    Un saludo.

  9. Hello I am a teacher here in Hobart. I love blogs very much especially because they make me want to experiment and play with all the widgets and gidgets.

    But also because complete strangers pop by and make your day!

    I believe it is a remarkable way to contribute openly to the wider discussions around the world. It is you the extraordinary young people blogging here who are teaching the older folks like me that learning really is social!

    Thank you, Ruth Howard

  10. Would be keen to help out with this. I am a Y7 teacher in New Zealand. I think that comments are probably the most important part of blogging for the students as feedback that they receive is absolutely vital for them and one of the most important aspects of blogging. I am willing to help out in anyway that I can, just let us know.

    1. Mr Webb,
      Can you go to the post at TheEdublogger and leave a comment there? That is where I will allocate the students for you to look after.

  11. Hi all,

    I’m a grade six teacher in central California that enjoys blogging along with my students. I have a wonderful group of students this year that are terrific writers. I am very proud of what they have been able to do. I’m really looking forward to reading your blogs too and sharing information. In my opinion, that is one of the best things about blogs – learning about other people and exploring new ideas. People my age could only do that with our close friends and family. Each of you has the opportunity to make connections and friends all over the world. I hope you enjoy this experience!

    Mr. Miller

  12. Hello Bloggers!

    Mrs. Yollis is my name, and I hail from sunny California. Although I have been teaching for twenty-three years, I fell in love with blogging two years ago. My third graders enjoy sharing what they are learning through our classroom blog as well as learning from other classes we’ve met on the web.

    I have never seen a project that so perfectly blends the skills we want our students to master: reading, writing, thinking, social studies, math, art, music, technology, and more. However, the best thing about blogging is the wonderful friendships that are fostered all over the world. ☺

    I look forward to reading and commenting on the student blogs. The conversations in the comment section are my favorite part!

    Thanks Sue and Miss W. for supporting such a wonderful project!

    Mrs. Yollis

  13. Hi! I’m Lauren and I live in Indiana, USA. I am currently in seventh grade and I have had quite an interesting journey through blogging. I love it because it gives me an opportunity to share my thoughts with the world and see what other people think about these thoughts. I have been blogging for a year and a half and really love to encourage others to blog. I hope that I can help some other kids to continue on their journey through blogging. Good luck future bloggers!
    ~Laurenc604 🙂

  14. Hello,

    I am a Grade Two Teacher in Bangkok,Thailand. I am interested in using blogs next year with students from Non English speaking backgrounds. I’m very happy to have a chance to work with some students in Australia who are doing this blogging challenge.
    I can’t wait to read your blogs!

    Meg Goos

  15. Hello!
    I am a Primary School teacher from Sydney Australia. I teach Year 5 & 6 students who are 10,11 &12 years old.
    My class is learning how to blog and really want to start their own blogs this year.
    I love blogging because you are able to talk with people from all over the world, you can share work that you are proud of, and you can hear what others think about subjects that you are learning about.
    I have been blogging for 4 and a half years now and can’t wait to read the posts of all of these new bloggers taking part in the Blogging Challenge.

  16. Kia Ora from Dunedin in New Zealand!
    I have offered to be a helper for the blogging challenge. I work with a group of enthusiastic bloggers from Year 5 and 6 (9-10 years old) who are just beginning to delve into the world of blogs this year.

    By reading your blogs and commenting I hope to develop learning conversations with learners around the world. Hopefully, my feedback gives you some ideas and next steps.

    So far, I am impressed by the standard of student blogs that I am reading.Keep up the great work!

    Ms Bee

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