About The

Student Blogging Challenge

From 2008 until 2020 the Student Blogging Challenge ran twice yearly, in March and October, over 8 weeks for students aged about 8-16.

As a result of the pandemic and its impact, the Student Blogging Challenge was paused and switched to a self-paced challenge.

The Student Blogging Challenge is about embracing all of the benefits of publishing online — from learning digital writing skills, and digital citizenship, to developing an authentic audience and connecting with others around the globe.

The challenge is made up of a series of 8 weekly tasks all designed to improve blogging and commenting skills while connecting students with a global audience.

Participants could register as a class, individual student bloggers, or volunteer commenters.
Below are the weekly tasks from the March 2020 challenge.

Challenge History

The Student Blogging Challenge has been running since 2008.

You can see an archive of all the old challenge posts on this archive page. 

Sue Wyatt (aka Miss W./Miss Wyatt/Tasteach) is the challenge founder. She is a teacher from Tasmania, Australia. Miss W. began blogging in January 2008. She began with her own personal blog and a few months later had a class blog, then individual student blogs.

In September that same year, Sue Waters (editor of The Edublogger) and Miss W. ran a very successful international student blogging competition. They had classes from nine countries taking part involving a total of about 500 students.

It was so successful, they ran another beginning in March 2009. This was a challenge though, not a competition. This time 15 countries were involved and there were a total of over 1000 students ranging from grade 2 classes through to senior high school students.

The majority of individual students with their own blog were aged 12-14 while many primary or elementary classes participated using a class blog.

All the information for the blog was found on Miss W.’s Class Blog pages. Challenges were sent out once a week on Miss W.’s class blog with the category ‘challenge09′ to make it easy for searching.

Because many students had already taken part in the blogging challenge, it was decided in September 2009 to extend to two challenges — one for better bloggers and another for better commenters. Over 600 individual students and 80 classes totaling a possible 3000 students registered this time. Again, there was participation from 15 countries of the world; some bloggers were only just starting, others had their blogs for over a year.

By 2010 it was decided that the Student Blogging Challenge needed its own blog!  And this is when this blog was set up.

The challenge now attracts thousands of classes and students bloggers from across the world every March and October.

After the 20th challenge in 2018, Sue Wyatt decided to step down from running the Student Blogging Challenge. Kathleen Morris ran the Student Blogging Challenge with support from the Edublogs team.

Kathleen is a primary school teacher from Victoria, Australia. She has been blogging with CampusPress (Edublogs sister service) since 2008. Kathleen has had class blogs, student blogs, writes a professional educator blog, and is an author on The Edublogger. 

Kathleen is a big fan of global collaboration and enjoys connecting with teachers and students from across the world!

In 2019 we also had a wonderful volunteer called Marg Grosfield step up to help with the registration process. The Student Blogging Challenge really is a team effort!

The student blogging challenge was paused in mid-2020 due to the pandemic and its impact.

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Sue Wyatt
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Sue Waters
Kathleen Morris
Kathleen Morris

45 thoughts on “About The Challenge

  1. I have check my students’ blogs. The following students have changed their commenting settings:
    Coy, Taylun, Trinity, and Chloe
    Hopefully the problem is fixed. Please let me know if I need to do something else. blefevre@stamfordisd.net

  2. Good luck with the new role Kathleen. I’m just wondering if there will still be a march challenge?

    1. Hi Lisa, there sure will! Hope to have you involved at some stage. 🙂

  3. Daer Miss. W
    I what to know how to get pets on your side bar can you please tell me.
    From Payton

    1. G’day Caden,
      Thanks for leaving a comment but if you want me to visit your blog, you need to leave the URL for the actual post or page not just your blog in general.

  4. I would like to start the challenge in March.
    Could I please register?

    1. Hi Pauline,
      After Googling your name, I found you are a teacher so to register a class blog, you need to go to this link, fill in the form, then check the student challenge blog each week for the activities to choose from. Week 1 has already been published. You can check for the other classes taking part by looking at the tab above the header for March 2015 classes.

  5. Hello! Is the challenge still open? If so, when is the deadline? Thank you

  6. Our school term holidays end on the 10.10.10 and we start Term 4 on the 11.10.10 which will be the 10th on the other side of the world. Our idea is still brewing but will most likely be a day in the life of a kid….as seen through their eyes.

    Looking forward to seeing all the other entries.

  7. The blog I went on was the Ripple Effect. The comment I left was: Hey, that was a very interesting. I never heard of it before. Just to say you could of put more detail like if its endanger or where it lives. But it was still good. What did you make it out of clay or did you draw it heres are website http://partlowpowerhouse.edublogs.org THat is wat I wrote and I chose it randomly because i didnt know which one to choose. That is all.

  8. I and my class are first time challenge participants. We are very excited and looking forward to the challenge! Somewhere I read a question about what we would like to see in the challenge. Just an idea, what if everyone shared a day in the life of… We could use photos or video along with writing! It could be fun to see a day in the life of students from around the world.