Keeping Kidblog

Hello Travelers!

Welcome back! Today I’d like to bring to your attention:

For the readers out there that are tech savvy and understand the world of blogs (I’m very proud of you), you’ll probably be able to explain and teach the finer workings of a blog to your students as you have the confidence in using a blog yourself. There are readers out there that I know are not so confident when it comes to blogging. Especially with blog hosts such as Edublogs, WordPress or even Blogger. If these don’t ring any bells don’t stress! This is where Kidblog steps in. Kidblog is created by teachers, for teachers. It is a safe environment for your students, that doesn’t involve email addresses.

Kidblog also makes blogging user-friendly. While a lot of the big name blogging websites are great because of all the packed features (especially Edublogs being an education based blog), they often are a little overwhelming because of just that. Kidblog is made for teachers and students. It is kept simple, easy to navigate and gets students back to focusing on what’s important… not what theme they could have, what widget they could add…

Kidblog Dashboard   

As you can see by the screenshots above, Kidblog has a similar layout to WordPress or Edublogs, but without all the jazz. It has all the important things (like writing a post and leaving a comment), while keeping it basic for your students to navigate and not get confused!

Kidblog provides:

  • a way for students to share information in a safe environment;
  • teaches digital citizenship;
  • encourages student voice for feedback and discussions;
  • gives the students an authentic audience and a purpose to write;
  • creates an open communicate source between students and teachers;
  • encourages literacy in the digital form; and
  • creates a community between the school and families.

Best of all – Kidblog.org is free! No ads, no extra’s to buy, no taxing bandwidth issues, no additional software required or random outages occurring.

Sheri Grech wrote in her blog about using Kidblog. She writes:

“I would use Kidblog.org with my 5th grade students while reading the novel Bridge to Terabithia. After the students read each chapter there will be a question(s) for the students to answer and have discussions. The students will also have to imagine that they are one of the characters from the novel and write journal entries weekly. The journal entries need to be about the chapter, the students will have to be in character and explain his/her thoughts.

After the class finishes the Bridge to Terabithia, they will have to write and post a book review on Kidblog.org. Each student will have to comment on at least three other book reviews. The students will then have to rewrite and post a new ending for the novel in their own words.

… By implementing Kidblog.org into my classroom will allow the students some freedom on the internet and provide them with a chance to blog their thoughts and ideas.”

I also stumbled across this video which had a student talking about how she uses the blog in class!

Kidblog fills the void between no blogging and hardcore blogging. It offers a safe, friendly, education environment for primary students to express and evolve their digital word.

Until next time!

Logging off,

Miss K.