Laura Kniffin

Laura is a Kidblog Customer Success Manager. She enjoys connecting with teachers daily to share Kidblog stories, learn how they use Kidblog in their classroom, and hear unique feature ideas to better our platform. Laura loves strong morning coffee, an invigorating yoga flow, and exploring new cities around the world.

5 reasons to build student portfolios on Kidblog

5 reasons to build student portfolios on Kidblog

Kidblog enables schools to document student learning over time with digital portfolios. With no manual curation required, students’ portfolios are built automatically across classes, demonstrating growth year-over-year. Parents can celebrate their children’s achievements throughout their academic journey. 1.) Kidblog portfolios give students ownership over their work. Students have the option to change their portfolio theme,

Kidblog enables schools to document student learning over time with digital portfolios. With no manual curation required, students’ portfolios are built automatically across classes, demonstrating growth year-over-year. Parents can celebrate their children’s achievements throughout their academic journey. 1.) Kidblog portfolios give students ownership over their work. Students have the option to change their portfolio theme,... read more

Expanding Student Voice

Expanding Student Voice

Whether using Kidblog in your science, math, or ELA classroom (or any subject area), the ability to connect your students with an audience is one of the greatest benefits to blogging. When students have the realization that they are writing for an audience beyond you, the teacher, their writing flourishes. Students are able to share their passions, interests, ideas, and knowledge with

Whether using Kidblog in your science, math, or ELA classroom (or any subject area), the ability to connect your students with an audience is one of the greatest benefits to blogging. When students have the realization that they are writing for an audience beyond you, the teacher, their writing flourishes. Students are able to share their passions, interests, ideas, and knowledge with... read more

From set-up to celebration: Blogging resources to get you through the year

From set-up to celebration: Blogging resources to get you through the year

Teachers often choose to jump-start the new year by introducing students and setting expectations. The best way to do this? As the first posts on your class blog! However, it can be intimidating to start something new (for both you, the teacher, and students). Check out these tips to launching a successful class blog. And, if you’re

Teachers often choose to jump-start the new year by introducing students and setting expectations. The best way to do this? As the first posts on your class blog! However, it can be intimidating to start something new (for both you, the teacher, and students). Check out these tips to launching a successful class blog. And, if you’re... read more

How to incorporate blogging in any subject area (beyond ELA!)

How to incorporate blogging in any subject area (beyond ELA!)

Reflecting on learning in science blogs will lead to an overall increase in student engagement. Consider this – Students begin to think critically about the content they learn, communicate their ideas through digital media, and make connections between their learning and the world outside the classroom.   Math communication – seems like an oxymoron. However, by

Reflecting on learning in science blogs will lead to an overall increase in student engagement. Consider this – Students begin to think critically about the content they learn, communicate their ideas through digital media, and make connections between their learning and the world outside the classroom.   Math communication – seems like an oxymoron. However, by... read more

Kidblog Spotlight On: Mary Brown

Kidblog Spotlight On: Mary Brown

Year 5 and 6 teacher, Mary Brown, has been blogging in her New Zealand classroom for four years. Her students’ confidence in their writing has increased and they have even started setting and completing their own blogging challenges. What motivated you to start blogging with your students? Blogging looked like a highly exciting way to motivate students

Year 5 and 6 teacher, Mary Brown, has been blogging in her New Zealand classroom for four years. Her students’ confidence in their writing has increased and they have even started setting and completing their own blogging challenges. What motivated you to start blogging with your students? Blogging looked like a highly exciting way to motivate students... read more

Kidblog Spotlight On: Douglas Meckley

Kidblog Spotlight On: Douglas Meckley

After being introduced to blogging in graduate school, Douglas Meckley integrated Kidblog into his sixth grade class. He has since found a way to implement blogging into all content areas. What motivated you to start blogging with your students? I became intrigued by the possibilities of blogging when I encountered it during a graduate class

After being introduced to blogging in graduate school, Douglas Meckley integrated Kidblog into his sixth grade class. He has since found a way to implement blogging into all content areas. What motivated you to start blogging with your students? I became intrigued by the possibilities of blogging when I encountered it during a graduate class... read more

Kidblog Spotlight On: Katelyn Hileman

Kidblog Spotlight On: Katelyn Hileman

Katelyn Hileman’s third grade students were motivated to write once they were given an authentic audience via Kidblog four years ago. Katelyn discusses her student blogging journey openly with Kidblog. What motivated you to start blogging with your students? I started using it for students to blog about the books they are reading. Students write

Katelyn Hileman’s third grade students were motivated to write once they were given an authentic audience via Kidblog four years ago. Katelyn discusses her student blogging journey openly with Kidblog. What motivated you to start blogging with your students? I started using it for students to blog about the books they are reading. Students write... read more