The Student Blogging Challenge — How you can be involved

  • Published on September 16, 2019

The Student Blogging Challenge - how you can be involved

The Student Blogging Challenge is a project that encourages students around the world to create a blog and experience the benefits of publishing online including:

  • developing digital writing skills
  • becoming aware of the possibilities and responsibilities of digital citizenship
  • writing for and developing an authentic audience
  • making connections with others around the world.

Founded in 2008 by Sue Wyatt, who I had the pleasure of meeting up with in Hobart a few years ago, the challenge has been held twice a year since then in March and October. The next Challenge, hosted by Kathleen Morris and Sue Waters, begins on 6 October and runs for eight weeks. A different blogging task is to be completed each week. Students can join in as part of a class group or individually. Participation is free.

Who can be involved?

The challenge is open to students from K–12 around the world. However, organisers suggest that it is most suited to students from 8–16 years.

There are three ways to participate:

As a teacher, you can register your class.

Students can register individually.

As an adult, you can register as a commenter on the student blogs.

I joined in as a commenter for the first time in the March Challenge this year and have this lovely certificate to prove it.

Certificate - Student Blogging Challenge March - May 2019

I enjoyed the experience and believe in the benefits (as stated by the organisers and listed above) for students so much, especially the need for real purposes for writing and having an authentic audience, that I have registered as a commenter again for the October Challenge. If you would like to join in too, you can find out details and register on the Student Blogging Challenge website.

Participation is easy

Disappointingly, I wasn’t aware of the Challenge when I was in the classroom, so can’t speak from that experience. However, as a commenter, participation was easy.

Each week I was assigned a small number (5) of blogs to read and comment on. They were different students each week. It took less than an hour and I could read and comment on others if I wished and go back to the blogs read in previous weeks to continue the conversation if students had replied. I enjoyed having contact with students and was interested to see how different students communicated online.

The Challenge was very professionally organised with everything explained clearly and easy to follow. From my point of view anyway, it all ran smoothly. The organisers were supportive with tips and suggestions for how to comment and were responsive to any concerns. While not all students completed every task, there were always others to read or follow up.

Digital Citizenship

With digital citizenship one of the trends currently rated highly in education, The Student Blogging Challenge has a lot to offer in providing opportunities for authentic learning in a safe digital environment.

If you are a participant in the challenge, I’d love to know about your experience.

To register or find out more about the Student Blogging Challenge, visit the website.

2019-Commenter-Badge-STUBC

 

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Comments

    I think the numbers grow from year to year, Jim. It’s of great benefit to the students who participate, and I love reading and commenting on their posts.

    The number of participants has grown from year to year, Jim. It’s a great experience for the students and I enjoy reading and commenting on their blogs.

    This is a fantastic project! What a great way to get the young one’s creativity flowing by blogging. Congrats on the recognition for your contribution Norah. 🙂 x

    It is a great project, Debby. There’ll be a whole lot of new but experienced bloggers joining us in the blogosphere in the years to come.

    Hi Norah,
    Thank you so much for spreading the word about the Student Blogging Challenge! It’s so great to have you involved once again and I do hope some of your readers will enjoy taking part as well.
    Kathleen 🙂

    Hi Kathleen,
    It’s my pleasure to be involved in such a beneficial project for students worldwide. I enjoyed reading and commenting on students’ blogs and was often amazed by their creativity and writing ability. I would have loved the opportunity to be involved in something like this when I was younger, and even as a teacher.
    Thank you for all you do to foster students’ learning.

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