Student Blogging Challenge has moved

The Student Blogging Challenges for 2010 onwards now have their own URL.

I would like to thank Miss W. for hosting the challenges on her class blog for the last two years, but Sue Waters and Miss W. decided the challenge needed its own address.

So please, make sure you have updated to the new address as the next blogging challenge starts in March 2010. Registration forms will be out in early February. If registering as a class, there will be a few things you will need to do before the challenge starts so please check out the new URL.

Here it is:  Challenge Yourself to Blog

Miss W. will still be setting the challenges over at the new address so please visit her there and leave a comment.

If you are on google wave, we have also set up a public wave called sbc10 or student blogging challenge where a discussion is being held regarding the challenges. Feel free to participate in the discussions there.

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We’ve been nominated

Edublog AwardsOur class blog has been nominated in the 2009 Edublog Awards in the ‘Best class blog’ category.  It is an honour to be nominated for the second year running in this category.  If you would like to vote for this class blog, then please visit this site.  Remember you can only have one vote per IP address, which means only one vote from our school computers.  We need your parents and friends to vote from their home and work computers or from their iPhones.  Here is the link for voting for our class blog, Technology in the Classroom.

We have also had one of our students’ blogs nominated, Jessica, so the same applies. Only one vote from school so we need lots of votes from home computers, community computers, work computers and iPhones.  Here is the link to vote for Jess.

Voting closes at 12pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday 16 December and the awards are announced shortly thereafter.  Both winners and those who were nominated will receive badges to display proudly on their blog.

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Have you nominated … ?

Tuesday 8 December  is your last chance to nominate blogs under many categories for the ‘Edublogs Awards 2009‘.

My nominations are included here:

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Student blogging challenge survey

If you took part in the September 2009 student blogging challenge as either a class blog or a student blog, could you please fill in this survey form.  The data I collect will help me when planning future challenges.  If the Google form cannot be seen at your school, here is a link to the actual survey.


Did you squat today?

What an unusual title for a blog post but today is officially ‘World Toilet Day’. This is celebrated every year on November 19 and you can find lots of information from the following websites:


Add a banner or logo from here.

Why do people squat when going to the toilet?  Check it out here.

Lots of links about ‘World Toilet Day’.

Our class squatted for one minute.  Some comments were:

  • Legs went numb after a while.
  • Hard not to put your hands down for balance.
  • Started hurting your thighs.
  • Difficult because we are not used to squatting.
  • Strained your muscles.

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Challenge Week 10

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Well, this week is the final week of the student blogging challenge. In the last ten weeks, bloggers and commenters have had the chance to do the following:

Write blog posts:

  • why did you  join the challenge
  • write a post for BAD on climate change
  • favourite interests
  • favourite holidays or countries to visit
  • storytelling using images
  • how to write a post that invites comments
  • favourite blogs you visit
  • Edublogger competition post
  • what did you learn from other bloggers
  • about a positive digital footprint
  • a challenge post for the international student blog


  • count three out activity
  • own commenting guidelines
  • comparing comments
  • replying to comments
  • commenting habits after eight weeks of the challenge
  • visit posts from overseas students and classes to leave comments
  • visit Lonely Planet blog to leave comments on a post

Non written posts:

  • comic
  • quiz
  • poll
  • images only
  • using embed code for links in comments and widgets

Blog presentation:

  • create avatar
  • about page
  • translation widget
  • weather widget
  • create blogroll
  • add badges
  • clustrmap
  • using tags and categories

WHEW!! That is a lot of learning in just ten weeks, yet some of you want more.  Well here is this week’s challenge.

Week 10 challenge

  1. What topics would you want to write about if you take part in another challenge next year?
  2. What questions would you ask overseas students that they could then answer in a post?

Even though the official challenge is now over, I will be posting a review survey next week.  I would appreciate as many students and teachers taking part in this survey to help me plan for next year when I begin the challenge again in February/March.

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First Animoto

Miss Wyatt’s first try at creating an animoto. Hayley is complaining about the oldies music Miss Wyatt chose for the background of this animoto.

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Design a calendar

Do you want to take part in another digital technology competition like ‘Doodle for Google”?

Then check out this website. 

Notice the closing date is 30th November, so you dont have long to get it done.

The challenge is to design the 2010 edna schools calendar.


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Write a challenge

This is it!!

The penultimate challenge! 

Time is running out for you.

 What do you need to do?

Visit this blog written by students and teachers who have taken part in previous blogging challenges.  Checkout the posts written by students.  Then come back here to read about your challenge for this week.

Challenge week 9

Write a post you think would be suitable to add to this international student blog.  It will need writing, a question at the end, images, perhaps other media like a poll or slideshare.  What topic will you choose?

If you would like to be an author on the international blog, leave a comment here on this post.  Also remember to hyperlink to this post when you write your challenge so I can visit.  The best challenges will be added to the international blog.

Teachers - if you would be interested in having your class join the international blog, please leave a comment on the international blog under the page heading “Join us”. I will start organizing the calendar again so each class has about two weeks or a fortnight in which to have control of the blog.

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No challenge this week

I’ve noticed there are some schools taking part who are a bit behind in the blogging challenge – they may have had two weeks holidays somewhere in October – so I decided no challenge this week.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t visit lots of other blogs and leave some great comments.  I know there were lots of posts about Halloween – I wonder if this is celebrated the same way in different countries of the world?

Just a warning though about our last two challenges. 

 The second last (penultimate) one is going to involve lots of research on a topic of interest to you – in other words free choice.  So start getting organized for this post that will need at least 4 paragraphs of writing.  But don’t publish it  until you see what else you need to include with the writing.

The last challenge will be filling in a survey about the blogging challenge.  There will be one survey for teachers and a separate one for students. So put on the thinking caps – good and bad points about the blogging challenge, ways to improve etc.

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