We did it! We completed the Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge. Hopefully you had a chance to read some of the students’ posts. If not, the joy of blogs is that it’s never too late to go and have a look, since their work is always there 🙂 You can use the menu on the right hand side to find that blog you’d like to read.
Now that the challenge is over, we will be continuing to add to our blogs in school as we complete different tasks. Students will have voice and choice about what they blog about, and what work they include. Some of them will go above and beyond to write about…whatever they want!
For those who want to write more but need a little inspiration, I’ve created this Blogging Bingo Homework Challenge. The tasks on here are completely optional. They will not replace the other homework we get on a weekly basis. But there’s incentive to completing them!
So when you have some extra time, when you want to practice a skill we’ve been working on in school (academic or otherwise), blog about it!
Over the last 4 (short) weeks, our students have started learning about the different functions of their blogs. They’ve created avatars, started writing posts, embedded images, and have even gotten some comments from other students around the world!
We have been able to do all this because we are participating in the Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge!
There are so many things I love about this program.
- Students are EXCITED to blog! Every day they come in asking me if we will be working on our blogs today. Imagine…they want to write…and document…and publish their work for a global audience!
- Students are learning important skills, such as keeping themselves safe online, interacting respectfully with others, editing their work to a point of being proud to share it with the world, and are making important decisions about what to share and why.
If you scroll down on the right hand side of this blog, you will see links to our student blogs.
Read them, comment on them! Here are some of the rules we’ve come up with when commenting that we’d like you to follow:
- Address the author by their blogging name (that means use their alias if they are using one, even if you know their real name)
- Be polite
- Be appropriate
- Agree or disagree with the blog and tell the author why
- Add an opinion or thought that could help the blogger improve
- Give details and ask questions
- If you are a parent of the blogger, please comment with your first name only to help continue keeping our students’ identity safe.
Feel free to share these blogs with your family and friends. It is so exciting every time someone gets some love and attention on their blog 🙂
Our student blogs have been launched and are well on their way! Students have been busy customizing, personalizing, and populating their blogs. They’ve also started to read and comment on each other’s blogs. Please make sure to use the links in the side menu to see what your children and their classmates have been up to. It helps add value for them if you comment, following our commenting rules.
And as always, blogging is not for naught. Please read the letter below, mark your calendars, and let me know if you’ll be able to join us. Don’t worry if not! We will find alternate ways for you to participate and share with us.