Tag: Authentic Audience

Kidblog Podcast: How do moderation tools empower students?

Kidblog Podcast: How do moderation tools empower students?

Hello everyone! This is the first in our Kidblog Podcast Series where we will be exploring a variety of topics related to classroom blogging. This series will feature authentic opinions and experiences of some of our most successful Kidblog users. We created this specific podcast with Kaitlyn Hileman for any and all education professionals interested

Hello everyone! This is the first in our Kidblog Podcast Series where we will be exploring a variety of topics related to classroom blogging. This series will feature authentic opinions and experiences of some of our most successful Kidblog users. We created this specific podcast with Kaitlyn Hileman for any and all education professionals interested... read more

A new reason to get excited for parent-teacher conferences

A new reason to get excited for parent-teacher conferences

As students publish within a class setting, it is important to give them a sense of ownership over their individual work – a place where the young author’s posts can build class-to-class, year-over-year: the Kidblog digital portfolio.  Today we would like to share the story of Mr. Wilson, Jacob Johnson, and his parents. These fictional characters’ story is based on real

As students publish within a class setting, it is important to give them a sense of ownership over their individual work – a place where the young author’s posts can build class-to-class, year-over-year: the Kidblog digital portfolio.  Today we would like to share the story of Mr. Wilson, Jacob Johnson, and his parents. These fictional characters’ story is based on real... read more

Engaging 21st Century Writers with Social Media

Engaging 21st Century Writers with Social Media

While the concept of student blogging isn’t new, some remain hesitant to integrate it into their classroom as they are skeptical of its academic merits. I understand. It’s your responsibility as educators to ensure any action you’re taking that will affect student learning is scholastic, engaging, and purposeful. Here at Kidblog, we’ve witnessed classroom blogging

While the concept of student blogging isn’t new, some remain hesitant to integrate it into their classroom as they are skeptical of its academic merits. I understand. It’s your responsibility as educators to ensure any action you’re taking that will affect student learning is scholastic, engaging, and purposeful. Here at Kidblog, we’ve witnessed classroom blogging... read more

Teacher and Peer Feedback through Kidblog

Teacher and Peer Feedback through Kidblog

The topic of formative assessment is something that is often discussed in education today. Personally, I have found myself involved in many conversations with colleagues during professional development sessions, at conferences, and even in Twitter chats. The focus is typically on how to assess student learning efficiently and effectively. A big part of these discussions

The topic of formative assessment is something that is often discussed in education today. Personally, I have found myself involved in many conversations with colleagues during professional development sessions, at conferences, and even in Twitter chats. The focus is typically on how to assess student learning efficiently and effectively. A big part of these discussions... read more

The Power of Thoughtful Commenting

The Power of Thoughtful Commenting

They have seen how the written word can inspire and motivate others to be the best they can be, or how negative comments can greatly impact a life forever. I am so proud of how my students use their voice to make their world brighter.

They have seen how the written word can inspire and motivate others to be the best they can be, or how negative comments can greatly impact a life forever. I am so proud of how my students use their voice to make their world brighter. ... read more

Student passions: Exploration and reflection through blogging

Student passions: Exploration and reflection through blogging

A few years ago, when I first started to introduce my students to the idea of “blogging,” I was met with a little resistance. Students were wary of the unknowns – what to expect, who would be reading their posts, and what types of posts they would be writing. “Why can’t we just write on

A few years ago, when I first started to introduce my students to the idea of “blogging,” I was met with a little resistance. Students were wary of the unknowns – what to expect, who would be reading their posts, and what types of posts they would be writing. “Why can’t we just write on... read more

The Tough Stuff

The Tough Stuff

Every year, our school district requires at least 2 hours of online training in suicide awareness and prevention.  I activated the video and half-heartedly listened. I teach elementary kids, so I thought that suicide was a pretty far-fetched possibility.   When opening up blogging to students, we not only open up a platform for creative

Every year, our school district requires at least 2 hours of online training in suicide awareness and prevention.  I activated the video and half-heartedly listened. I teach elementary kids, so I thought that suicide was a pretty far-fetched possibility.   When opening up blogging to students, we not only open up a platform for creative... read more