Setting and following through on goals

Setting and following through on goals

I tell students that my eighth-grade Language Arts class is like an epic novel. Just as in any good story, we open by meeting the characters, understanding the rules of their fictional world, and learning about the problems that will ultimately spin into fully-formed conflict. That early part of the story, the exposition, might last

I tell students that my eighth-grade Language Arts class is like an epic novel. Just as in any good story, we open by meeting the characters, understanding the rules of their fictional world, and learning about the problems that will ultimately spin into fully-formed conflict. That early part of the story, the exposition, might last... read more

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

How Kidblog supports and meets the ISTE Standards for Students

How Kidblog supports and meets the ISTE Standards for Students

Empowered Learner Digital Citizen Knowledge Constructor Innovative Designer Computational Thinker Creative Communicator Global Collaborator   The Student Standards reflect the skills that we want the students of today to develop, so they can become more connected with their learning and prepare for their future in an increasingly digital world. The use of blogging is a

Empowered Learner Digital Citizen Knowledge Constructor Innovative Designer Computational Thinker Creative Communicator Global Collaborator   The Student Standards reflect the skills that we want the students of today to develop, so they can become more connected with their learning and prepare for their future in an increasingly digital world. The use of blogging is a... 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

Teaching Digital Citizenship in a World of Anonymity

Teaching Digital Citizenship in a World of Anonymity

When I first started blogging with my students, I noticed that bad social media habits had slipped into their published posts: disrespectful comments, texting lingo, and silly graphics that didn’t communicate what they were learning in class.  They felt free to express themselves any way they wanted to, hiding behind the mask of the computer

When I first started blogging with my students, I noticed that bad social media habits had slipped into their published posts: disrespectful comments, texting lingo, and silly graphics that didn’t communicate what they were learning in class.  They felt free to express themselves any way they wanted to, hiding behind the mask of the computer... 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