I am frequently asked why I choose to use Kidblog as a platform for my Kindergarten students. It’s simple really: Kidblog is an opportunity to share my students’ voices globally. Through Kidblog I am able to model how to be a safe, kind and responsible digital and global citizen. When we blog as a class, we are sharing what we are exploring with an audience in the world that truly cares about what we are learning.
Kidblog gives our class an opportunity to share how we are exploring learning both inside and outside of our classroom walls. When we begin a new theme of study my students are able to use Kidblog to share their voices. They are most excited about creating posts because they know that students, parents, and teachers outside of our class will be viewing their work. This idea of audience and perspective is huge. My students take time and effort when creating posts because they know it has the potential to impact others.
After we create a post I always email students’ families to inform them that our class has published blog posts on a new topic. I ask all families to leave a comment/compliment on their child’s post as well as a few others. Students genuinely enjoy reading what was written on their post, which, in turn, inspires them to create another post.
Our class has also created a views map on our Kidblog. This helps us see where in the world our readers are located. My students have started to sense that the world is a huge place, but, through blogging, they are able to impact someone from the other side of the globe. This also offers me an opportunity to model ‘how to” open the conversation globally to help connect and think about ways to solve a common problem. For example, “I wonder if we share and post our ideas about hunger if other people in the world might be interested in our ideas?” When my students receive comments on these posts they begin to understand what an authentic audience is and recognize its value. This is exciting for all of us.
How does this connect with content?
One of the themes we explore in literacy is “how to” writing and reading. One of my students created a story about “how to” write his name. He wanted this on his Kidblog because he took pride in his work. As the teacher, I think about the literacy strategies that this student is using and is now excited about because he knows he has an audience “waiting” to read his work.
Later, as we explore coding my students, make a connection with our Bee Bots. We create “how to” stories of our new coding friends and then we create a post on the importance of coding. Kidblog is not an “extra thing.” Kidblog is an opportunity to extend and enhance the learning culture I have created alongside my students. It gives me, my students and their families opportunities to engage and connect with what we are learning.
Kidblog offers an opportunity to open my classroom up to my students, their families, and the world. One of the most exciting things about blogging for my students is the comments made on their posts. It is because of this that students push themselves to do their best, because they know it will be impacting others globally.
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