It 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?
- Teachers can register their class blogs here
- Students should register their individual blogs here
- See all of the class blogs that have already entered in the challenge class blog directory
- As the challenge draws nearer, you’ll receive further information about the 10 challenges
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:
- Set up your class blog
- Set Up Your Blogging Rules and Guidelines
- Teaching Commenting Skills and Etiquette – Guest post byKathleen McGeady
- Help Parents Connect With Your Class Blog
- Add Students To Your Class Blog So They Can Write Posts
- Add A Visitor Tracking Widget To Your Blog Sidebar
- Setting Up Student blogs
- Add your student blogs to your blogroll
- 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.