studentbloggingIt is now time to join in on the bi-annual student blogging challenge!

This challenge is all about having fun, improving blogging and reflective writing skills, and building readership and connections with a global audience.

Last year, the two challenges included thousands of students from over 15 countries around the world!

What is it?

  • The student blogging challenge is a series of 10 weekly tasks
  • Starts on September 21st – but registration is happening now
  • Students complete as many of the tasks as possible and in any order
  • Open to classes and students from all over the world and of all ages – blogs doesn’t need to be hosted by Edublogs to participate!

Past challenges have included adding comics and widgets, writing creative posts, discussing travelling, comment etiquette, and more.

How do I start?

Setting up your class-blog

You may be just getting started with your class blog or are looking for ways to make improvements.  The following 9 steps will help ensure that your blog is ready to go for the challenge:

  1. Set up your class blog
  2. Set Up Your Blogging Rules and Guidelines
  3. Teaching Commenting Skills and Etiquette – Guest post byKathleen McGeady
  4. Help Parents Connect With Your Class Blog
  5. Add Students To Your Class Blog So They Can Write Posts
  6. Add A Visitor Tracking Widget To Your Blog Sidebar
  7. Setting Up Student blogs
  8. Add your student blogs to your blogroll
  9. Add Your Student Blogs To A Folder In Google Reader

For more information on the student blogging challenge, visit the challenge F.A.Q. here.

The thousands of students that have participated in the past have found it a great way to improve their blogging and commenting skills and love the global interaction among the community that it builds.