Have you tried blogging with your students? Ever since reading this post by my sweet friend Holly, I’ve been meaning to try Kidblog with my fourth graders. I finally took the plunge a few weeks ago and my kiddos have been absolutely loving it!
Kidblog is FREE and extremely user-friendly. It took me less than 5 minutes to set up my class. Logging in for the first time was super easy—students simply select their name from a dropdown menu and enter their password. (I gave all my students the same password to start off.) Their blogs are private and you actually need to log into our class to my kids’ posts.
Kidblog is a great way to publish student work so their peers and teacher can read and comment on it. We published a couple of informational writing pieces on there already and I noticed that it definitely raised the quality of their work since they were writing for an audience. Here’s a screen shot of part of one student’s Winter Olympic writing piece and the comments she received from her classmates.
In addition to writing and reading responses, my students recently started publishing their lit circle jobs on Kidblog. They worked extra hard on their jobs last week knowing they’d be published on Kidblog. Here’s a picture of one group in their meeting.
I feel that we’ve just scratched the surface of Kidblog—the possibilities seem endless to me. I want to look into connecting with other classrooms. Let me know if you’d be interested in that!:)