They could post about anything they wanted, but were encouraged to post about activities they were doing in their holidays, or things that they had decided to research on their own. I also created a small number of learning tasks that the kids could work on and blog about if they chose to.
Overall it was a great success and a huge number of our learners engaged with blogging over the holidays. Kids were posting often twice a day, and about all sorts of things. We even saw kids teaming up and working collaboratively on blog posts, as well as promoting friends work on their own blogs.
- Top blogger posted 43 times over the holidays.
- Top 10 bloggers combined posted 208 over the 2 week break.
- Learners commented back and forth via blogger, 100+ comments were posted.
- Learners worked collaboratively and communicated via email and chat.
- Teacher created tasks were worked on completed by a number of students, others picked and chose which ones appealed.
What I learned from the experience was that hands on activities like the paper planes, and the floating/ sinking experience were more entertaining and engaging for the kids. I would try to think of more challenges like this in the future. Next holidays the Woolf Fisher Winter Learning Journey will kick off again, but I will definitely be running another blogging challenge in the Term 3 holidays.