This year I am a mentor for the edublogs Student Blogging Challenge, it is the first time I have been involved, and I am looking forward to it, although I have a lot of posts to read. I have been assigned 29 students from the United States and Trinidad and Tobago; it is interesting how similar their interests are. I guess just junior high kids are the same all over the world.
Week two of the challenge has just started, it’s a freedom week which means that students can pick the topic to write about. I like how even though there isn’t a set topic Miss W. has provided lots of ideas for students to choose from. It can be hard to think of something to write about with an empty editing window in front of you.
Here are the student blogs I have been assigned, please visit them and leave comments:
Emily from the USA likes square dancing and hanging out with friends.
Doug from the USA likes sports and drawing.
Ellie from the USA likes volleyball and hanging out with friends
Megan is from Trinidad and likes drawing and writing poems/short stories.
Kemala from Trinidad and likes dancing and singing.
Austin lives in the USA and likes football and playing guitar.
Emily is from the USA and likes horses, and reading.
Katie is from the USA and likes volleyball and Music.
Isaac is from the USA and likes playing football and watching football.
Christopher is from the USA and likes drama and dancing.
Chris is from the USA and likes video games and shooting guns.
Daniel is from the USA and likes airsoft and hunting.
Patrick is from the USA and likes fishing and Minecraft.
Caleb is from the USA and is interested in engineering and sports.
Austin is from the USA and likes sports and gaming.
Justin is from the USA and likes snowboarding and sports.
Kiera lives in the USA and likes reading and art.
Delicia lives in Trinidad and likes singing and swimming.
Tracey lives in Trinidad and likes drama and reading.
Jamila is from Trinidad and Tobago and likes martial arts and doing science.
Caitlyn is from Trinidad and Tobago and likes drawing and anime.
Joshua is from the USA and likes sports and videogames.
Esther is from Trinidad and Tobago and likes dancing and singing.
Karisma is from Trinidad and likes acting and writing.
There is one blog I haven’t commented on yet because there aren’t any posts at all, so there is nothing to attach a comment to (I would love to comment and offer them some encouragement to start). Dominique is from Trinidad and Tobago and she likes dancing and modeling, hopefully she will blog soon.
I can’t believe it is already week 5 of the Challenge. I have been visiting my student sites about once a week. It seems like that is how often the student blogs I visit are updated. Most of them have one new post a week. There are a few bloggers who are posting more frequently. They post more than once a week, probably spend time outside of class working on their blog, answering comments.
It is interesting to connect with students around the world, and get a glimpse of their lives. Many have been on Spring Break. Some bloggers added posts stating that they would be away and would not reply to any comments left. I am seeing more comments on the sites I visit. And bloggers replying to comments, conversations happening.
I am looking forward to reading more posts. I am going to be looking at design and formatting, the ways that students enhance their posts beyond the printed words. Last week students were encouraged to add images to their posts, and remiinded to be responsible digital itizens and cite the source of their images. Here is a great explanation of how to add and images attribution (which is the same thing as citing the source) on the Student Blogging Challenge site.
This week Miss W. didn’t assign a challenge but she invited students to visit other sites, and of course leave comments. She has listed many great student sites, sorted into categories, if you are looking for sites to visit.
Let the blogging continue.