Tag: Blog Topics

One Little Word

One Little Word

When January comes around, everyone is thinking about how to make this year better than the previous one.  Often we make resolutions, but they tend to get left behind.  I resolve to walk every day and am met with cold air and ice and think, maybe next week.   Our students are no different from the

When January comes around, everyone is thinking about how to make this year better than the previous one.  Often we make resolutions, but they tend to get left behind.  I resolve to walk every day and am met with cold air and ice and think, maybe next week.   Our students are no different from the... read more

Blogging with Preservice Teachers: Creating a Community for Sharing and Reflecting

Blogging with Preservice Teachers: Creating a Community for Sharing and Reflecting

When I first joined the faculty at a mid-size regional university, I expected my students to have had experience with a variety of tech tools and to feel comfortable experimenting with social media platforms. I was surprised to find that the majority of my students, who also happen to be preservice teachers, had limited experience using

When I first joined the faculty at a mid-size regional university, I expected my students to have had experience with a variety of tech tools and to feel comfortable experimenting with social media platforms. I was surprised to find that the majority of my students, who also happen to be preservice teachers, had limited experience using... read more

Motivating Student Authors: Harnessing the Power of Comments

Motivating Student Authors: Harnessing the Power of Comments

I soon realized that the topic didn’t matter as much as the audience they were writing for. Kidblog motivates young writers… [t]hey are writing for each other, they are writing for students around the world, and they are writing (and reading!) to connect with other students who have similar interests.

I soon realized that the topic didn’t matter as much as the audience they were writing for. Kidblog motivates young writers... [t]hey are writing for each other, they are writing for students around the world, and they are writing (and reading!) to connect with other students who have similar interests.... read more

Enhancing Creativity in Writing

Enhancing Creativity in Writing

Creativity + Students + Blogging= Happy Learners Have you ever asked your class to draw a picture, or to close their eyes and imagine a scene, only to have hands fly into the air with questions? Students start seeking clarification as to what it should look like, drilling down for specifics. I run into this

Creativity + Students + Blogging= Happy Learners Have you ever asked your class to draw a picture, or to close their eyes and imagine a scene, only to have hands fly into the air with questions? Students start seeking clarification as to what it should look like, drilling down for specifics. I run into this... read more

A Tech Integrationist’s Role in Implementing Kidblog Schoolwide

A Tech Integrationist’s Role in Implementing Kidblog Schoolwide

I began experimenting with student blogging five years ago as a third grade classroom teacher.  Now that I have a few more years of experience under my belt and have transitioned to the role of K-12 Technology Integrationist, I have a few tips for other Tech Integrationists facilitating Kidblog schoolwide.   In working with teachers

I began experimenting with student blogging five years ago as a third grade classroom teacher.  Now that I have a few more years of experience under my belt and have transitioned to the role of K-12 Technology Integrationist, I have a few tips for other Tech Integrationists facilitating Kidblog schoolwide.   In working with teachers... read more

Should I Assign Blogging for Homework?

Should I Assign Blogging for Homework?

There is significant debate over whether kids get too much homework. But both sides can probably agree on two things: homework should not stress kids out, and it should facilitate their learning. As a reading and writing teacher, I’ve assigned blogging homework, and I’ve found that it can fit both of these criteria. First, let’s look at

There is significant debate over whether kids get too much homework. But both sides can probably agree on two things: homework should not stress kids out, and it should facilitate their learning. As a reading and writing teacher, I’ve assigned blogging homework, and I’ve found that it can fit both of these criteria. First, let’s look at... read more

How to get Students Writing about the U.S. Election with FANschool

How to get Students Writing about the U.S. Election with FANschool

Do your students wonder why the Electoral College is used to elect the President of the United States? Is there a better way? The U.S. presidential election season is a perfect time to get students writing about how government affects our daily life.

Do your students wonder why the Electoral College is used to elect the President of the United States? Is there a better way? The U.S. presidential election season is a perfect time to get students writing about how government affects our daily life.... read more