Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Using Kidblog to Create Community

Have you ever used www.kidblog.org  in your classroom?

imageI am working on compiling a document full of information on using various websites to create community in your classroom. I’m doing this for my upcoming presentation at the ECIS Technology Conference. I’d be honored if you’d stop by and add your answers to these questions:

1.) What grade levels is this site appropriate for?

2.) What makes this a good community building website?

3.) What are the benefits of this site?

4.) What are the downfalls of this site?

In addition to being thankful, I’m offering YOU a chance to receive the same Conference Goodie Bag that my participants will be receiving. Stop by my blog – Raki’s Rad Resources - and fill out the Google Document to join in our learning community and to receive a chance to win 12 different items from some of the best teacher authors around.

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2 comments:

  1. 1.) What grade levels is this site appropriate for? I use it with fifth grade. I have a colleague using it successfully in fourth. I definitely think you could go down to third and as high as you'd like.

    2.) What makes this a good community building website? The accessibility of the posts for all the other children in the class and the capability to comment on each other's posts really encourages the children to make book recommendations and support and encourage one another through their reading challenges.

    3.) What are the benefits of this site? It's free. It's easy to use. The kids love that they can customize their blog. You can set privacy settings.

    4.) What are the downfalls of this site? None really.

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  2. 1. I use Kidblog with my first graders. It is very user friendly and easy for even first graders to navigate. I think Kidblog is appropriate for 1st through 6th grade.

    2. Students are able to read each other's posts and leave comments. Parents can also view posts and leave comments. Kidblog (and blogging in general) gives students an authentic audience and an opportunity to interact with each other through writing. We also use Kidblog with our Skype buddies to share our writing with each other and leave comments.

    3. Kidblog is free, very easy to navigate (for teachers, student and parents!), and it is easy to customize your Kidblog to fit your needs.

    4. I don't see any downfalls. If you are concerned about security issues you can password protect your Kidblog site.

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