Skip the penpals---write to the whole world including your grandma in Texas!
Kidblog takes blogging and makes safe for kids at no cost. The tool is free, the set up is fairly easy, and then there is a little maintenance to keep it moving. I love that I nothing gets published until I approve it. I don't need to worry about weird people leaving weird messages for my students. I would like to see kidblog make approving comments and posts easier on the website. The process is really simple on a iphone or ipad.
How I Use It
I use Kidblog as a literacy center. I have a bin of questions next to a computer. They pick a question and go for it. Once they write a post then they can write comments on other students blogs. I am very strict on writing as a student and I do not approve comments that are text-messages or social conversations. This year my 3rd graders need to type a writing test so this helps with teaching typing without focusing on typing. Grandparents, friends, parents, and other people can comment on the posts and encourage the third grader.