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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Join the Student Blogging Challenge in March

Every year Edublogs hosts a couple of student blogging challenges. The next one begins on March 15th. The challenge is open to all K-12 classrooms. Your classroom blog or student blogs don't have to be hosted on Edublogs in order to participate.

The 2020 Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge provides eight weekly blogging suggestions suitable for K-12 students. Every week students complete the challenge then you can submit the URL of your students' posts to be included in a larger Student Blogging Challenge form that other participating classes can see. By submitting the URLs of your students' work, you're providing them with an opportunity to get feedback from other students and teachers who are participating the challenge.


Applications for Education
Blogging can be a great way to get students interested in writing and publishing their work for an audience. The challenges of classroom blogging have always been coming up with things for kids to write about and building an audience for your students' work. The Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge addresses both of those challenges.

Mixkit - Hundreds of Free Music and Video Clips for Multimedia Presentations

Mixkit is a website that offers hundreds of free music files and videos that you can download to use in your multimedia projects. The licensing terms for assets on Mixkit are clear. You can download videos and audio files from Mixkit to re-use and remix. You don't have to credit Mixkit, but they will appreciate it if you do.

To find videos and music tracks on Mixkit you can search by keyword, click on the content tags, or simply browse through the galleries. The videos that you find on Mixkit could be described as b-roll footage. In other words, you're not going to find videos from your favorite television shows or YouTube channels. Similarly, the music on Mixkit is largely instrumental music.

Applications for Education
Mixkit could be a good resource to bookmark and share with your students when they need music or videos to use in their own video projects, podcasts, or other multimedia presentations. If you're worried about your students wasting time browsing through the Mixkit galleries, create a shared Google Drive folder that you add a collection of Mixkit files to for your students to use.