Register For The October Student Blogging Challenge!

The 21st Student Blogging Challenge beings on October 7, 2018. Registrations are now open!

After ten years of running the challenge, Sue Wyatt has passed the baton over to me, Kathleen Morris!

I’ve made a short video to give you an overview of what the free challenge is all about. Take a look and share it with others who might be interested.

How Do I Register?

Interested? You can follow the steps below to register or scroll down if you want to read more about the challenge before registering.

Step One: Join Our Mailing List

If you haven’t already, sign up for our Student Blogging Challenge mailing list to stay in the loop!

This isn’t a registration form but you’ll want to be on the mailing list to keep up to date with all the challenge news.

Subscribe for challenge updates!

Step Two: Decide How You Want To Register

There are three ways to register:

1) Register As A Class

This means teachers and students participate together and students don’t need to have their own blog (although they can).

Teachers and/or students can publish their weekly tasks on their class blog. Or, the teacher can publish information on the class blog each week (copying/pasting/altering from the Student Blogging Challenge post).

The students can take part by commenting on their own class blog and other class blogs.

2) Register As An Individual Student Blogger

Students with their own blogs can take part by publishing a post each week in response to the prompts on the Student Blogging Challenge blog. They can also comment on other students’ posts.

3) Register To Be A Volunteer Commenter

Commenters need to be approved and need to be involved in some field of education — e.g. teaching, working with children, studying education, retired teachers etc.

If you know someone who might like to volunteer, please ask them to consider registering and joining our mailing list! 

Commenters are asked to visit five blogs per week and you can make a big difference in the lives of young people by just dedicating 30-60 minutes a week for 10 weeks!

Step Three: Get Ready

While participants will learn about blogging through the challenge, it can be very helpful to start setting up your blog before the challenge begins.

These two self-paced courses will be helpful if you want to be walked through the process of setting up your blog:

Registrations are now open for Student Blogging Challenge -- learn about blogging and connect with classes around the world!

I’ve Registered As A Participant. Now What?

Every week on a Sunday (starting October 7), I’ll publish a new post on the Student Blogging Challenge website.

You’ll get an email to let you know about the weekly topic and task.

Then there are four steps to follow throughout that week:

  1. Read: Either read through the post that’s on the Student Blogging Challenge site with your class, or assign the post to your students to read.
  2. Task: Complete one of the tasks together as a class and publish a post on your class blog, or instruct your students to complete one of the tasks on their own blog.
  3. Submit: Enter the URL of your blog post in the Google form on the weekly post on the Student Blogging Challenge site.
  4. Connect: Take the time to visit another participants’ blog. Leave a comment and strike up a conversation.

I’ve Registered As A Commenter. Now What?

Our commenting team leader, Sue Wyatt, will email you explaining the process by September 20 if you’ve been accepted. Sue will use the URL you provide on the sign-up form to verify your role in education.

Sue will support you as a commenter throughout the challenge.

More Challenge Information

What Is The Challenge About?

The Student Blogging Challenge is about embracing all of the benefits of blogging — 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 10 weekly tasks all designed to improve blogging and commenting skills, while connecting students with a global audience.

Who Can Join The Challenge?

The challenge is totally free and open to students or classes from all over the world. While we’ve had participants from K-12 take part, the tasks are ideal for students around the ages of 8-16.

While Edublogs supports the challenge, you don’t have to be using Edublogs to take part. You will just need to alter the ‘how-tos’ we share throughout the challenge to match your own blogging platform. Our detailed instructions will refer to Edublogs or CampusPress blogs.

Why Join The Challenge?

There’s a lot to be gained from joining the challenge! Of course, students and teachers will learn how to blog and there are SO many benefits of blogging. You never know what sort of learning can take place when you start building connections and finding an authentic audience for students’ work. There is a lot of power in amplifying learning!

The more you put in the more you will get out and many participants have found they’ve gained the most when they’ve spent time on building relationships with other classes taking part. So, reading other students’/classes’ posts and leaving them comments; asking questions etc. Connections can span long after the challenge ends.

Students who join the challenge will have access to a badge for their blog and certificate too!

What Will We Learn?

There will be a different topic each week and a new post will be published on the Student Blogging Challenge site every Sunday.

Some topics will be blog skills — like commenting (the first few weeks will focus mainly on essential blogging skills). Some topics will be important digital literacy skills like images and copyright. Other topics focus on global collaboration — like learning about holidays and celebrations. Some topics will focus on fun and creativity too — like emojis!

After reading through some information and examples, you’ll be presented with a number of options for tasks to complete. The task might be writing a blog post or page, trying out a free online tool, trying an online activity, completing some research, visiting other blogs and leaving comments etc.

Do I Have To Participate Every Week?

No! You can pick and choose what suits you and your students.

Each week there will be a choice of different tasks. Some weeks you might spend a lot of time on a topic. Perhaps opting to complete more than one task. Other weeks you might be busy or the topic might not suit your class, so you can simply skip it. You also have the option to modify anything to suit the needs of your students.

If you need to start late or you have holidays that fall during the ten weeks (October 7 to mid-December), that’s not a problem.

More Questions?

We’ve created two PDF documents of Frequently Asked Questions. One is for participants and another is for commenters. Scroll down to find the ‘download’ button under the document if you want to save a copy to your computer.

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Anything else you’re not sure about? Leave a comment and we’ll get back to you!

13 thoughts on “Register For The October Student Blogging Challenge!

  1. Ok, I am struggling with creating student blogs in edublogs. Do I create the blog url for them or is there a link I send my students so that they create their own url/blog address?

    1. Hi Melissa,
      You can do it either way using My Class. Either you can create the student blogs in your class blog dashboard, or you can send students to to set up their blog and then have them join your class. Check out this post which also includes a video to walk you through the set up process.
      If you have more trouble, feel free to email the support team and they’ll be able to help you get set up [email protected]
      Good luck!

  2. So excited to participate again this year! My class was in pink on your spreadsheet. It looks like my URL is correct, so I assumed it was the ability to comment. I believe I have no corrected this? Let me know if it is still an issue

    1. Hi Chris,
      Thanks for getting in touch and so glad you’re jumping on board again this year. Your student blogs are password protected. This isn’t an issue if you’re just going to be publishing your challenge responses on your class blog. As you know, the student blogs would have to be public if you’d like our team of commenters to visit your students. Let’s know what you think.

  3. Is the challenge welcome to languages other than English? I teach French and am looking for opportunities for my students to connect with other classes learning French as an international language.

    1. Hi Amanda,
      Classes who speak a language other than English are most welcome to take part in the challenge! Traditionally, we have mostly had English speaking classes take part but have had a few French classes (e.g. in Quebec). Hopefully we will get some more sign up for this challenge!

    2. Good news! There is one class from Quebec that has signed up. They are learning English. Perhaps they could be a good match for your students. They are 12-15 years old. Not sure if yours are a similar age. 🙂

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