Teacher Review For Kidblog

User-friendly safe start for social media

Kelly S.
Classroom teacher
Visitation Academy of St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
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My Grades 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies
My Rating 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Individual
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
I used KidBlog this year as a way for students to post their creative writing pieces, respond to each other, reflect upon classroom projects, and do literature circle work. It was very easy to upload the stories via Word document, but the formatting tools were not easy for 10 year old students to use. I created a pseudonym username for each student to further protect privacy and each parent had their own username for the class site. Some parents chose to respond to only their children while others responded to multiple students and some did not respond at all. Best to use with 8-12 year old students who have limited knowledge of social media. Good to teach media skills and responsibility.
My Take
KidBlog is a safe site for children to use as their start for blogging. The class site can only be accessed by people who have a username and password on the class site. The site is easy to use. Students can post their own work by blogging or uploading files. Blog entries can also be edited after posting. Students can respond to each other by adding comments and parents (given access) can view the blog at home. All comments have to be approved by the class site administrator. The website works much better than the iPad app.