We love it when classroom teachers publish articles about their own experiences implementing Kidblog in the classroom. Here’s a list of recent posts that can help you find success with student blogging.
Mrs. Klipfel is a curriculum integration specialist in Massachusetts whose students started using Kidblog late last year. The beauty about her post is not just how beneficial blogging can be for students, but she actually includes the contract she has students fill out before they start blogging. This is a great way to get the kids to take their work online seriously and with full respect for themselves and others. The contact covers her expectations in online safety as well as how students can best accomplish her learning goals.
The folks over at Assessment the Web 2.0 Way have created an authoritative Wikispace about how to use Kidblog for all of your assessment needs. Not only is an overview of the system given, but also learning objectives, assessment examples, and sample rubrics are listed for most subject areas. This is a great place to start if you’re having trouble figuring out where Kidblog might fit into your assessment strategy.
Last year, Pernille Ripp wrote a guest post for MiddleWeb that might be looked at as a manifesto for classroom blogging, as well as a short explanation for why she chose Kidblog for the task. In 10 + 1 steps, she goes over how to start your kids blogging from the ground level. There are also some key links about setting permissions correctly, instructing kids on safety, and how to connect their blog with others around the world. Blogging in the classroom might seem like a big undertaking, but this post can help relieve any intimidation you might feel.
Sara over at The Colorful Apple describes how she’s using Kidblog as a repository for book talks with her students. Like many teachers, she was having students log the books they read outside of class on paper. Many kids responded by saying they love to read, but filling out the logs was cumbersome. By using Kidblog, kids have become more engaged in the book logging process, which has led to the opportunity for the students to think more deeply about what they’re reading. Every week, she posts a focus question, then students take it from there. They even comment on each other’s work, something that wasn’t possible with the paper book logs.
If you know of other great Kidblog resources that would benefit teachers and students in their daily work, don’t hesitate to let us know. Happy blogging!
-The Kidblog Team