Category Archives: Web 2.0

Student Writing Tool: Kidblog.org

I have the privilege of attending an afternoon PD session on teacher websites as well as blogging, and Danika showed me a blogging site called Kidblog.org.

Here’s the description from the website:

Built for Teachers

Kidblog is designed for K-12 teachers who want to provide each student with an individual blog. Students publi

sh posts and participate in academic

discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs and user accounts

.

Here are suggestions on how to use Kidblog.org:

Use Kidblog to:

  • create classroom discussions

  • learn digital citizenship

  • practicing writing skills

  • create an e-portfolio

  • reflect on learning

  • formatively assess writing

Danika has been telling the teachers in the session today that she herself has set up a class but she has spoken to ‘non-techno’ teachers (my term) and they were able to set up their blog in under 20 minutes!

I believe that Danika said she spent time up front typing in all of the students’ names, which is a bit of a pain, but in doing that, she was able to maintain control over the blogs, including giving students a password, which the teacher then obviously maintains.

Sounds very cool.

Some other notes from Danika:

  • Having students post a reflection after a Literature Circle discussion and then students have to comment on two or more other students’ blogs.
  • Danika used to use Ning (as I did) which is a site that allowed for safe, private social networking, as I did. Used to be free, now it is not, and Kidblog has almost all the same functionality as Ning.
  • Don’t be thrown or put off by the name, Kidblog. The name won’t be as prominent later once you customize your page.
  • All students’ blogs appear on Danika’s homepage.
  • Students use real first name for accountability but no last names for anonymity, and no outside internet user can see their blog posts.
  • There is an app for both Apple and Android, which can help if there is limited lab availability.
  • Very similar to — if not the same as — Word Press.
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