Teacher Review for Fanschool

Easy way to get kids sharing ideas to everyone

Gabrielle G.
Classroom teacher
John Muir Elementary School
Seattle, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
For privacy issues I had kids make up safe online nicknames, which they loved doing. I made a QR code that they scan with the ipads to get them to the website quickly. The students love scanning the QR codes to get them there and I look forward to using QR codes in other ways too. I have them respond to a question that I ask and then they can read other kids' blogs or other classroom's blogs. Right now their responses are "cool" or "me too" and I want to get them to build off other student's ideas so we will do some lessons in a couple of weeks about how to respond to other people's blogs by agreeing or disagreeing or adding to an idea. I control the comments so I moderate them before they go up. You also have an option to send a private note to someone, so when students were writing about "liking a boy" on the blog, I could send a private note to stop that behavior. The kids are really excited to see who responded to their blogs and we are having fun with it so far this year!
My Take
This is a fun way for students to share ideas and build off each other's ideas. I like how easy it is to setup. I like all the different privacy features you can have. We have been using this in our Global Read Aloud and have connected to other classes across the country and I put their blogs on our blogroll so students can easily access them. I would like a few more simplifying options for when you post something because my 2nd graders do not need all the bells and whistles of being able to change the color and size of the font. It is our 4th week using kidblog and the kids are knowing what to do and it is fun to see them progress in using this technology and exploring other class' blogs too. Some kids are getting creative with their comments, which is fun to see. I like how you just scroll to the names and then type in the password, because some of my students would struggle with typing their name in correctly each time. You can see where people are from who are reading the blog and that is pretty cool too.