This is the final Student Blogging Challenge post until we start again in October 2020.

We know many of you have been working on the challenge during very unsettled times. Well done!

It’s time to reflect and celebrate.

Week Seven Recap

Trophy image -- great work

Many students are enjoying sharing posts about emojis.

You can find all the submitted tasks here (or click on the week 7 box on the sidebar).

Here’s just a handful of excellent work we spotted recently:

  • Tushil from New Zealand made a unique basketball emoji and has a guessing game.
  • Lainie from Australia invites you to guess the movies from the emoji clues.
  • Olivia shared some interesting details about break time in New Zealand.
  • Eleanor from the USA made an emoji story using the prompts from Byrdseed.
  • Liv wrote an amazing poem about her school in New Zealand.
  • Ervins from Latvia came up with some emoji maths. Can you guess the answers?
  • Serge Galligani’s class in France came up with a fun idea. The students turned their faces into emojis. Can you guess the answers?

Reminders

  • The forms for weeks 1-6 are closed. If you’re catching up you can submit your tasks from weeks 1-6 in the week eight Google Form in this post. All Google Forms will close May 24th.
  • If you’d like to join us again for the next challenge in October 2020, make sure you’re on our mailing list. You’ll get an email in September when registrations are open. Otherwise, check this blog in September for all the news.
  • Follow The Edublogger — If you’re not already receiving the email newsletter from Edublogs, maybe you’d like to sign up? I send out an email regularly sharing the latest blog post.

Thank You

Thank you floral wreathThe Student Blogging Challenge is a real team effort. We couldn’t do it without the support of our wonderful volunteers.

Many of our volunteers and participants have worked on the challenge during difficult circumstances. We admire your efforts immensely.

To Sue Wyatt…

Miss W/Tasteach/Sue Wyatt works tirelessly behind the scenes to help our commenting team, support participants, and keep our spreadsheets up to date. We appreciate you, Sue!

To Marg Grosfield…

Marg is a special commenter who does a wonderful job behind the scenes helping with the spreadsheets. Marg generously volunteers her time to ensure everyone is looked after. Thank you, Marg!

To our commenters…

Another big thank you goes to our team of commenters who provided an authentic audience for our students and classes each week. Your comments really helped our students with their confidence and motivation. We hope you’ll return again as a commenter in October.

To our participants…

It has been fantastic to see such enthusiastic participation from our students and teachers despite difficult circumstances! I hope you’ve all learned a lot and made some connections.

Spread the word about the next Student Blogging Challenge!

Summary Of The Student Blogging Challenge

We had a good number of registrations for this Student Blogging Challenger, however, participation was naturally down due to over 90% of the world’s student population being affected by school closures.

Let’s look at STUBC by the numbers…

  • Number of registered individual students: 1043
  • Number of registered classes: 111
  • Number of countries represented: 24

Number of tasks submitted

These are the edited numbers after incorrect and duplicate URLs were removed.

What Makes A Quality Blog Post?

I hope you’ve learned a lot throughout the Student Blogging Challenge! Perhaps if you look back to your posts from a few weeks ago you can see that you’ve improved.

To wrap all our learning up, I invite you to take a look at this poster. It goes over some of the essential ingredients of a quality blog post. You might have your own ideas too!

You’re welcome to add this poster to your blog.

>> Download a PDF copy of the poster

10 point checklist showing what makes a quality blog post STUBC

Week Eight Tasks

This week there are 3 tasks to complete. If you don’t have time to write a post, please just spend 5 minutes completing our survey. We’d really appreciate it!

There is a separate survey for teachers and students.

Teachers, please help us in making sure your students fill in the correct survey (for students)

Task 1: Evaluate The Challenge

Please complete our short survey so we know what you enjoyed most about the challenge and what we could do to improve things in the future.

There is a separate survey for teachers and students.

Student survey

👉🏽 Click here to open the student survey

Teachers, add this URL to your class blog or LMS if you like https://forms.gle/XVcj8gutKWa4ENgJ7

Teacher survey

👉🏽 Click here to open the teacher survey

Remember, the teacher survey is not for students.

Thank you!

Task 2: Audit Your Blog 

Option One: Write a post on your blog reflecting on your participation in the challenge.

These are the sorts of prompts you could answer in your post:

  • How many weeks of the challenge did you participate in?
  • How many posts did you write in the 8 week period?
  • How many comments did you receive from classmates, teachers, or other visitors?
  • Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why?
  • Which web tools did you use to show creativity on your blog?
  • What are your plans for your blog now? Will you keep posting?

Option Two: Ask a friend or family member who might not have read your blog to do an audit.

Send them your blog URL and ask them some questions.
For example:

  1. What were your first impressions of my blog?
  2. What captured your attention?
  3. What distracted you on the blog?
  4. What suggestions can you give me to improve my blog?

Task 3: Your Blogging Plans

While the Student Blogging Challenge is coming to an end, we hope this is not the end of your blogging journey. We encourage you to keep blogging and connecting. To do this well, you might need a plan.

Write a post about how you plan to keep blogging:

  • Perhaps you’d like to publish a list of ideas you have for future blog post topics.
  • Or, you could ask your readers for suggestions on what they’d like you to write about on your blog. You could even run a poll.
  • Write about anyone you have connected with throughout the challenge that you’d like to stay in touch with. Are there any blogs you’ll keep reading and commenting on?

Blog post ideas for students:

More advanced bloggers and teachers might enjoy these two posts on The Edublogger:

If you’re working as a class on this activity, perhaps students could contribute post ideas which the teacher compiles. Readers could be invited to comment or vote. 

Student Certificates

Congratulations on completing the Student Blogging Challenge!

Download a certificate to celebrate your achievement.

Note for commenters: I’ll email you about accessing your certificate during the week. 

>>Click here for a PDF copy of the student certificate

Student Blogging Challenge Certificate Participants 2020

 

Submit Your Post URL ⬇

If you want a commenter and other participants to visit your final task on your blog, remember to fill in the Google Form below.

Examples of post URLS for STUBCThe Google Form

Teachers, you’re welcome to put the Google Form URL on your own blog or LMS if it makes it easier to share with students.

https://forms.gle/XQyGmTtyBFrfdgQm6


If you have any additional comments about the Student Blogging Challenge, feel free to leave a comment below!

Thank you!



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