Here’s the news the students have been waiting patiently for!
During April we ran The Edublogger’s Student Competition to celebrate the success of the 2009 Student Blogging Challenge while also creating an opportunity to collect examples of student work. The competition was for any class or student blogger and they could submit blog posts based on three different topic themes.
With an incredible number of entries judging has been exciting but challenging when you consider ages span from 6 to 18 years old. All of them would make their teachers’, parents’ and familys’ proud.
Taking into account feedback from how the winners of The Edublogger’s Birthday Celebration Competition was announced this time I’m including a brief summary of why each was selected.
Embedded Media Category
Makaya created and embedded an amazing video, with a poem, to remind us all of our social responsibilities to homeless people. As she says “Just know that these people deserve a smile and a small gesture to know that you care. We are all in this world together”.
THS Lit 10 blog
Ginny and her students created this ‘must watch‘ video where her students share their stories on how blogging and the 2009 Student Blogging Challenge has impacted their life. Definitely a video to add to your collection if you facilitate professional development!
The Gamer’s Spot
Everything about Daniel’s blog is worth looking at closely from his earliest posts, to his passion for reviewing games, to his How Blogging Has Connected Me To A Global Audience post through to the quality of writing in his latest posts. In Daniel’s winning post he highlights the creative aspects of using photos of “globes” on Flickr to create a video which is then used as the basis of a blog post.
Now that you’ve looked at Daniel’s blog — guess how old he is? (11 or 12 years old!)
C-O Connections Blog
The teachers and students from the C-O Classroom blog continue to do amazing stuff. Their Making Changes that Made a Difference post includes a video of the students talking about the difference blogging has made to their lives. Unfortunately TeacherTube has changed the location of videos on their site so you won’t be able to check out this video until the link is updated
The teachers from C-O Classroom blog say:
“The process of blogging has brought a closeness between school and community, and more importantly, between child and parent. Making this change in our classroom curriculum has truly made a difference in the lives of each of my students, and some of them will never be the same.”
Connecting To A Global Audience Category
Read, Write and Knit Blog
Like Daniel, Abbey’s blog needs a close look. Start by reading her blogging story post and then checking out her earliest posts. What you also need to realise is Abbey actively engages, through commenting, with a global audience while also focusing on building her blog readership. What isn’t evident is she seeks out others to help her learning, for example she has visited my blog to ask questions on blog design.
Now that you’ve looked at Abbey’s blog — guess how old she is? (12 years old!)
As Sam says “Getting to learn in a different way and learn from other students and hear their views on things is (I find) more interesting because its more than just what a book has to teach you”. Check out her reasons for To Blog or Not!
Taking it Further Blog
According to Priscilla “I know it is hard to explain, but blogging is one of the things that keeps me going”. What amazes me about Priscilla, and other blogger like her, is English isn’t her native language and you can clearly see blogging has helped her learn English.
“The blog has helped me a lot with English because it is hard if your main language is not English, as everybody knows I talk Spanish here, but to be honest now English is my first language too.”
Sacred Heart BLOGATHON!
Based on the students’ ages (7-11 years old), reasons why they like blogging and the difficult questions they asked me I decided that the students from Sacred Heart BLOGATHON! blog deserve to be recognized for their excellent work.
Check out the quality of comments these students left on my post and my responses .
Difference Blogging Has Made School and Home Life Category
English Social Studies Blog
Carina’s Student Challenge post is a reminder that the different ways we introduce blogging to our students does impact on student engagement. Yet we also need to remember ‘one size doesn’t fit all’; what engages some students doesn’t others.
Nichloas’ Soccer Blog
Nicholas’s own words explain his difference post considerably better than I ever could:
As well as meeting new people blogging has also changed my attitude towards learning. What I mean is last year if I was given an assignment to write on paper and hand in to my teacher, my thoughts would be… oh, what a drag. But if I am given a blogging assignment to show everyone who visits my blog, my thoughts would be great, now I can share my learning with others.
Tara is a newer blogger (2 months) than the other winners but has already realized in her Blogging Benefits!! post that:
“Changes that I have been noticing at school and at home because I am writing a lot more at home, on the weekends and also I am going on a lot after school to write extra posts on my blog. Some differences that has occurred in my learning habits is how I am writing longer texts/ posts. Also, I have noticed that I am writing more full sentences that are easier to understand.”
As I said to Gah I love both his humor and honesty in his Bloggers Challenge 2009 post. He has a natural writing ability and I wish that I had the same skill (especially considering his native language is Norwegian not English).
Any post (and series of comments) that makes me laugh has done well.
Congratulations to all winners!
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Thanks to everyone who entered! Choosing the winners was incredibly hard due to so many excellent entries. You can check all the entries in the comments on this post!
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