Kidblog Podcast: Dual Language blogging, student and teacher perspectives

This is the fifth in our Kidblog Podcast Series which features authentic opinions and experiences of some of our most successful Kidblog users. In this podcast, we teamed up with Ms. Marina Rodriguez and her former student Josefina Medina-Perez to share authentic experiences of teaching and learning through blogs in a dual language classroom with education professionals like you.

Timestamps:

Marina Intro: 1:10

What is Dual language blogging?

 

Josefina Intro: 1:45

Marina introduces Josefina, her former student.

 

Classroom blog origins: 3:00

Started as a school newspaper but students wanted something more.

 

Why we blog: 4:13

Josefina: “There’s no simple way to explain it… it’s like an endless portfolio of writing on the internet”

Marina: “Blogging shrunk the class, and connected all of the kids”

 

Challenges: 6:16

While blogging came with many benefits, Marina also ran into some challenges. One was finding time to write, and it so important to write every single day. It was also difficult finding time to read every single blog, Josefina’s class wrote over 900 blogs.

 

Bloggers Oath: 8:30

Inspired by challenges in the classroom. No two days are the same and kids are online every single day.

 

Hour of Blog: 9:07

Born from the challenge of limited access to technology, this after-school writing and blogging club has also increased writing and reading time for both teacher and student.

 

Lesson/Project Ideas: 10:17

Many projects are selected by students to promote voice and choice and are executed in both languages. Examples: flipped classroom, poetry, videos, etc.

 

Why Blogging is important: Student Perspective: 13:30

Josephina discusses how she went beyond learning basic skills by expanding her knowledge of writing through blogging and discovering its purpose. She used to see writing as a “chore”, but after blogging in Marina’s class, she now not only enjoys writing but it has become a passion. “I think about writing so much, it’s something I love to do.”

 

Why Blogging is important: Teacher Perspective: 18: 06

Marina concludes with her thoughts on how blogging provides her students the opportunity to learn and grow as readers and writers. It helps them develop 21st-century skills, and discover how their writing has meaning and a purpose when offered an audience.

 

How you can get started with blogging today: 19:58

Grace shares information about Marina’s Kidblog Membership details and provides a DISCOUNT CODE.

 

Kidblog contact information

 

Stay tuned to our blog and social media for our next podcast in the series!

 

 

 

About the Author
Grace is a Marketing Manager at Kidblog. She enjoys discovering new ways to ignite the world's passion for blogging, and hearing from teachers about all the ways students are benefiting from Kidblog in and outside the classroom! Grace loves teaching painting, photographing the beautiful state of MN, and snuggling her two cats Piper and Opal.

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