This is the final Student Blogging Challenge post for 2018.
It’s time to reflect and celebrate!
We’re starting this topic a little early as some schools are finishing up for the holidays.
Week Nine Recap
There are already some great posts about coding.
You can find all the submitted tasks here (or click on the week 9 box on the sidebar). There will be more added over the coming days.
Here is some excellent work that has already been submitted:
- Mrs. Yollis’ class tried robotics.
- Mrs. K’s class are making Dance Party videos. (You can try the Dance Party project yourself here. I did it with some students yesterday and it was a lot of fun!)
- The students at St. Francis share some of their Scratch and Espresso Coding work.
- Malaika did an excellent job of completing three tasks.
- Kaylie also did a fantastic job of completing three tasks about coding.
- You can look back at some of the great work on our 2018 Student Blogging Challenge Flipboard.
There are a number of important reminders this week:
- Thank you for all your comments for Alex! He is enjoying going through them. Alex is currently traveling so stay tuned for some answers in the future.
- The forms for weeks 1-6 are closed. If you’re still finishing off tasks from later weeks, you have about two more weeks until all the forms are closed. Remember, you can still complete tasks at any time in the future. You just won’t be able to submit them for our commenters to visit.
- If you’d like to join us again for the next challenge in March, 2019, make sure you’re on our mailing list. You’ll get an email in February when registrations are open. Otherwise, check this blog in February for all the news.
- While the Student Blogging Challenge is coming to an end, we hope this is not the end of your blogging journey. We encourage you to keep blogging and connecting. If you need ideas for your blog posts, check out this recent post on The Edublogger with 50 prompts for students.
This was my first time running the Student Blogging Challenge and I’d like to thank everyone involved.
To Sue Wyatt…
A BIG thanks goes to Miss W (aka Sue Wyatt/Tasteach). Despite officially stepping down from running the challenge, Sue has played a hugely important role behind the scenes leading our commenting team and tirelessly visiting student blogs. We appreciate you, Sue!
To our commenters…
Another big thank you goes to our team of commenters who provided an authentic audience for our students and classes each week. Your comments made a big difference to the confidence and motivation of our bloggers. We hope you’ll return again as a commenter next year.
To our participants…
It has been fantastic to see such enthusiastic participation from our students and teachers across the world! I hope you’ve all learned something and made some connections.
The Student Blogging Challenge will start again in March, 2019. Spread the word!
Summary Of The Student Blogging Challenge
Let’s look at STUBC by the numbers…
- Number of registered individual students: 1797
- Number of registered classes: 145
- Number of countries represented: 27
Number of tasks submitted
These are the edited numbers after incorrect and duplicate URLs were removed.
- Week 6: Science (269)
The forms for these tasks are still open so the numbers may increase.
- Week 9: Coding (148)
- Week 10: Let’s Reflect! (43)
Week Ten Tasks
This week there are two tasks to complete. If you don’t have time to write your audit post, please just spend 5 minutes completing our survey. We’d really appreciate it!
Task 1: Audit Your Blog
Option One: Write a post on your blog reflecting on your participation in the challenge.
These are the sorts of prompts you could answer in your post:
- How many weeks of the challenge did you participate in?
- How many posts did you write in the ten week period?
- How many comments did you receive from classmates, teachers, or other visitors?
- Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why?
- Which web tools did you use to show creativity on your blog?
- What are your plans for your blog now? Will you keep posting?
Option Two: Ask a student/teacher/family member 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?
If you’re working as a class on this activity, perhaps the teacher could write a post and invite the students to reflect in a comment.
Task 2: Evaluate The Challenge
Please complete our survey so we know what you enjoyed most about the challenge and what we could do to improve things in the future.
Click here to open the form in a new tab.
Submit Your Post URL ⬇
If you want a commenter and other participants to visit your final task on your blog, remember to fill in the Google Form below.
Teachers, feel free to put the link to this Week 10 Google Form on your own blog if you’d like.