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Student blogging challenge


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Slideshow prepared for 2010 GlobalEd Conference about the student blogging challenge

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Student blogging challenge

  1. 1. Student Blogging Challenge Presented by Sue Wyatt Twitter: @tasteach
  2. 2. My blogging history <ul><li>Met Sue Waters online – can’t remember how January 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Began reading blogs recommended by Sue </li></ul><ul><li>End of January – began a personal blog </li></ul><ul><li>Early February – began a class blog </li></ul><ul><li>March – joined Twitter </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why a class blog? <ul><li>Had started visiting other class blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce internet safety in a practical way </li></ul><ul><li>Teach students about basic blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Students leave comments on teacher posts </li></ul><ul><li>Students write posts for class blog </li></ul><ul><li>Students earn the right to have their own individual blog by end of May </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why create a challenge? <ul><li>By late July, I realised I was connecting globally with teachers through Twitter, why couldn’t my students also do the same through their blogs </li></ul>
  5. 5. Value of a PLN <ul><li>Realised why I had joined Twitter 6 months earlier </li></ul><ul><li>Mentored and supported by Sue Waters </li></ul><ul><li>Only teacher in my school (and state of Tasmania) attempting blogging at that stage </li></ul><ul><li>In regular contact with Jan Smith (Huzzah) from Canada, Inez Pinto (Inpi) from Portugal and Paul Bogush from CT, USA </li></ul><ul><li>Have a competition in our classes to find the most improved blogger and the most global blogger </li></ul>
  6. 6. The challenge is off and running 17 943 136 Sept ‘10 13 735 74 March ‘10 15 513 101 Sept ‘09 13 240 Many on class blogrolls 79 March ‘09 10 250 26 Sept ‘08 Countries Students Classes Date
  7. 7. Activities in the challenges <ul><li>  Welcome – activities include ‘About me’ page, avatar and post about why join the challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Week 1 – includes commenting guidelines, writing comments, clustrmap and global audience widgets </li></ul><ul><li>Week 2 - includes blogroll and post categories </li></ul><ul><li>Week 3 – includes comparing comments, are you responding? </li></ul><ul><li>Week 4 – translator and widgets about your area, international blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Week 5 – adding links and images to posts </li></ul><ul><li>Week 6 – BAD 2009, climate change </li></ul><ul><li>Week 7 – holidays and vacations </li></ul><ul><li>Week 8 – positive digital footprint, count out three for comments </li></ul><ul><li>Week 9 – write a challenge, look at international blog </li></ul><ul><li>Week 10  - topics and questions for next year </li></ul>
  8. 8. Badges etc <ul><li>For all participants and helpers, Edublogs (thanks, Sue Waters) creates badges for sidebars each year </li></ul>
  9. 9. The makeover of the new blog <ul><li>This year Edublogs (Sue Waters, Ronnie and Tammy) did a makeover of the student challenge blog </li></ul>Feel free to visit and leave comments or ask questions. http://