Key features for blogging in the classroom

When it comes to blogging, it is important (and sometimes challenging) to get students started on a great note. It is our goal to provide you with the tools you and your students need to be successful in this endeavor. To ensure you are aware of these helpful tools, we have compiled a list of Kidblog features that will help you as you begin blogging in your classroom.

Class relationships

When teaching multiple sections, teachers often want keep class rosters separate, but “follow” each other so all students have access to view and comment on posts published for Connections. Our class relationships option (under the “… More” button) at your Dashboard allows you to easily interconnect your own classes from a single spot on the Dashboard.

 

Connections discoverability

Whether you are brand new to Kidblog, or have been using the platform for years, we make it possible for you to connect with a variety of classes – classes that we believe are a great fit for you and your students.

If you are a brand new user, we share a list of active classes with posts published for the audience Public. Kidblog also takes into consideration second-degree connections. Make a great connection with a class? We will suggest you connect with that class’ existing connections, as well. Finally, once your students begin publishing in your class, Kidblog will locate classes that are publishing on similar topics and ideas. These classes will appear on your suggested connections list.

Our connections discoverability feature can be found on your class Connections page. To read more about this feature, see our blog post here.

 

QR code for class login

In Kidblog, students can log in by simply selecting their name and entering a password (or selecting a SSO option) from your class log in page. We now make it easier than ever for students to navigate to your individual class log in page and start blogging right away. If you are using a mobile device to blog, generate a QR code to give students a direct path to your class log in page. Hang the QR code on your blogging bulletin board, tape on students’ desks, and/or add to your class website for easy account access.

To generate a QR code, navigate to your class general settings page and click the “QR Code” link. Save the image to your computer to print or embed on your class site.

 

Google Drive integration

Share the work your students are doing in Google Drive with the world! Embed Google Docs, Slides, Drawings, PDFs, audio and videos with the click of a button. As students continue to update their work in Google Drive, the work automatically updates within the Kidblog post.

 

Spell check

Kidblog gives you the power to decide if students use spell check when creating and publishing. If spell check is turned “on” in your native browser, it will work seamlessly with Kidblog. To ensure your spell check is on, navigate to the “Edit” tab of your browser, select “Spelling and Grammar”, and “Check Spelling while Typing”.

 

Auto-save on Kidblog posts

It happens – class time comes to an end and users are halfway through a Kidblog post. Before clicking “Draft” or “Publish”, users quickly click the “X” on the browser and suddenly the work is gone. However, with Kidblog, this isn’t the case. By logging back in to the same Kidblog account, under the same browser, we will recover the latest version of the post. Users simply click the “New Post+” button to edit the recovered post and, this time, save.

 

Class sharing

Celebrate your students’ voices! Share your Kidblog class with readers inside and outside of the classroom. At the top of the page, you can choose to share your class URL via QR Code, Twitter, Email, or an RSS feed. This is a great way for teachers and parents to get the word out about students’ posts and discussions.

About the Author
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.

4 comments

  1. Sachin

    Hi laura, thanks a lot for this information. I loves to read this blog. Keep it up.

  2. Michael Taylor

    Students can use blogs to publish their writing and educate others on a particular topic. They can also create blogs for the chess club or the yearbook club, the football team or the upcoming prom.

  3. Janice Marsh

    Is there a way to print kidblog posts?

    • Laura Kniffin

      Because of the dynamic nature of Kidblog posts and comments, printer-friendly versions of blogs are not currently available. We do hope to have basic printable versions of posts available in the future. But posts and comment content will always look best on an electronic device (laptop, projector/whiteboard, tablet, phone).

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