This post was written by Sue Wyatt for the Student Blogging Challenge.
Well, we are now into Week 4 of the March 2010 Student Blogging Challenge.
Many have written about why you should visit their blog and should they use a real photo as opposed to an avatar when they are on the net.
Every time the challenge is on, I try to visit each individual student blog at least 3 times over the period of the challenge.
It’s becoming harder each time we run the Challenge to visit all the student blogs — due to the numbers of students participating!
So I am putting out an URGENT HELP ME PLEASE!
We now have about 700 individual student blogs in the following age ranges participating in the challenge:
- Age 8-10: about 60 blogs
- Age 11: about 110 blogs
- Age 12: about 130 blogs
- Age 13: about 110 blogs
- Age 14: about 110 blogs
- Age 15: about 50 blogs
- Age 16: about 50 blogs
- Age 17+: about 70 blogs
And this isn’t counting the 60 class blogs participating!
With more and more students taking part with their own blogs, it’s becoming harder for me to visit each of their blogs as often.
But comments on their blogs, especially from others outside their class, are very important for motivating and providing guidance.
How You Can Help
By the end of mid April, I would like each of these blogs to receive at least one, preferably two, comments from:
- Teachers, pre-service teachers or people in the education sector
- Students who have blogging at least a year and who have participated in at least one student blogging challenge
So we are looking for volunteers who are willing to leave least one, preferably two, comments on student blogs such as:
- A few clues about how to set up their blogs would be great for the newer students who have only had their blogs less than a week or so .
- Alternatively choose a post they have written or look at their about page to leave a comment for them.
Preferably we would love it if you would write comments where they need to reply to keep the conversation going on their blog.
Here’s example of the types of comments we are looking for:
- Mrs Yollis’s comment on Abbey’s The Wonderful State of Indiana
- Great examples of conversation between student and teachers on:
What we would like to do is allocate about 20-30 student blogs to each volunteer.
Benefit of Being a Challenge Helper
This is excellent for teachers and preservice teachers (student teachers) who are:
- Wanting to increase their understanding of how blogs can be used with students.
- Unable to participate with their students in our current Challenge but who want to learn more about the Student Blogging Challenge.
And off course, we appreciate how busy everyone is so we’ve decided to give away twenty free Edublogs Pro 12 month subscriptions (formerly known as Edublogs Supporters) to our twenty best helpers!
You can use these free Edublogs Pro 12 month subscriptions on your own blog or give away to a reader.
To Volunteer As a Challenge Helper
Please leave a comment on this post if you would like to volunteer your services.
Can you please include the following information in your comment:
- Your name and a bit about your teaching background
- Your blog URL or website (if you have one)
- What student age you would like to leave comments for.
Once you have done this we will leave a comment on the post telling you which student on our March 2010 Student Blog list page we would like you to start with and where on the list we would like you to work down to.
Make sure that you tick the notify me of followup comments via email before you submit your comments — so you receive our replies
- We recommend that you work directly from March 2010 Student Blog list to visit your student blogs
- Our March 2010 Student Blog list is updated everyday and sorted by age, so new students are added at the end of each age list automatically.
- If you find a link doesn’t go to a blog, could you please copy the line in the student list and email it to Sue Wyatt at tasteach56[at]gmail[dot]com, — so we can fix it
- If you have any questi0ns contact Sue Wyatt by email at tasteach56[at]gmail[dot]com
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