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  1. 1. Student Blogging Challenge Presented by Sue Wyatt: @tasteach with help from Tracy Watanabe: @tracywatanabe Linda Yollis: @lindayollis Kathleen Morris: @kathleen_morris Thanks also to Sue Waters and Ronnie Burt from Edublogs for all their help today and with running the student challenge.
  2. 2. My blogging history • Met Sue Waters online – can’t remember how January 2008 • Began reading blogs recommended by Sue • End of January – began a personal blog • Early February – began a class blog • March – joined Twitter
  3. 3. Why start with a class blog? • Had started visiting other class blogs • Introduce internet safety in a practical way • Teach students about basic blogging • Students leave comments on teacher posts • Students write posts for class blog • Students earn the right to have their own individual blog by end of May
  4. 4. Why create a challenge? • 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
  5. 5. Value of a PLN • Realised why I had joined Twitter 6 months earlier • Mentored and supported by Sue Waters • Only teacher in my school (and state of Tasmania) attempting blogging at that stage • In regular contact with Jan Smith (Huzzah) from Canada, Inez Pinto (Inpi) from Portugal and Paul Bogush from CT, USA • Have a competition in our classes to find the most improved blogger and the most global blogger
  6. 6. The challenge is off and running Date Classes Students Countries Sept ‘08 26 250 10 March ‘09 79 240 13 Many on class blogrolls Sept ‘09 101 513 15 March ‘10 74 735 13 Sept ‘10 136 943 17 March ’11 108 1440 19 Sept ’11 124 1128 20 March ‘12 150 1331 25
  7. 7. Activities in the challenges • Welcome – activities include ‘About me’ page, avatar and post about why join the challenge • Week 1 – includes commenting guidelines, writing comments, clustrmap and global audience widgets • Week 2 - includes blogroll and post categories • Week 3 – includes comparing comments, are you responding? • Week 4 – translator and widgets about your area, international blogs • Week 5 – adding links and images to posts • Week 6 – BAD 2009, climate change • Week 7 – holidays and vacations • Week 8 – positive digital footprint, count out three for comments • Week 9 – write a challenge, look at international blog • Week 10 - topics and questions for next year
  8. 8. Final challenge Students were asked to complete an audit of their blog and then ask other teachers, parents or students to comment. • What do you people think of my blog? • What were your first impressions of this blog? • What captured your attention? • What distracted you on the blog? • What suggestions can you give me to improve my blog?
  9. 9. Not everyone enjoys all aspects of blogging, though.
  10. 10. Badges etc • For all participants and helpers, Edublogs (thanks, Sue Waters) creates badges for sidebars each year
  11. 11. Where to find the challenge • The first three challenges have been on my class blog (wyatt67.edublogs.org) under categories stubc08 and challenge09 • Starting March 2010, the challenge began with its own blog (studentchallenge.edublogs.org)
  12. 12. The makeover of the new blog This year Edublogs (Sue Waters, Ronnie and Tammy) did a makeover of the student challenge blog Feel free to visit and leave comments or ask questions. http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org

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