Want to learn more about blogging with your students while connecting with classes around the world?
The Student Blogging Challenge is run twice a year beginning in March and October.
It is made up of a series of ten weekly tasks which you can customize for your class.
The next Challenge starts on October 1. It is a great way to connect your students with a global audience while helping to develop their blogging skills.
It is organized by Sue Wyatt (@tasteach) with help from Sue Waters, and the team at Edublogs.
The Student Blogging Challenge is open to both class blogs and individual student bloggers from all over the world. All age groups can participate. Blogs don’t need to be hosted by Edublogs, but your blog must be public.
The Weekly Activities
Each week a post is published on the Student Blogging Challenge blog with a list of activities for your class or students to choose from. The students only need to complete one activity each week, but if they want to do more they can.
During The Challenge students learn about:
- Creating pages and posts
- Creating avatars
- Digital citizenship
- Commenting skills
- Connecting with students globally
- Using tools and embedding on their blog
Some weekly topics are similar every time The Challenge is run because they are important skills for both teachers and students to have.
Some examples include:
- About me – creating avatars and an About page. This includes digital citizenship and cyber safety.
- Let’s comment – teaching what makes a quality comment, how to connect through commenting and again, cyber safety and digital citizenship.
- Using images – using Creative Commons images, giving attribution, and tools for using images in posts.
The other weeks of The Challenge are based around a topic such as food, games, government, history, maths or nature.
There are three registration forms:
- Educators who would like to mentor a group of students
- Teachers who have a class blog who want to connect with other classes globally
- Individual students who have their own personal blog and want to connect globally with other students
There have been over 2000 students in the last few challenges and it isn’t possible for organizer Sue Wyatt to visit them all regularly.
Can you help?
You might be a teacher, principal, educational coach, parent, retired teacher or a trainee teacher. If you would like to get involved with student blogging, you can register as a mentor. You will be asked to help by reading and commenting on posts from 20-30 students during the ten week challenge.
Perhaps you even know someone you could you could ask to help?
Think you might be interested in joining the October 2017 Student Blogging Challenge?
Register here now! Remember, The Challenge begins on October 1.
Please comment if you have any questions about The Student Blogging Challenge.