How I Use It
I've posted articles, videos, photos, music files, and directions for assignments to KidBlog. I've had the students read and respond accordingly. The students then respond appropriately to their peers, building their understanding around a topic. I've also had the kids post videos, having them paste in embed codes that they alter, giving them their first exposure to programming.
1) Students will improve their writing skills more quickly because they now have an immediate audience for their work, an audience that goes beyond the walls of their classroom, connecting them to other students in their grade level at school. This is a great way to build collaboration and comraderie.
2) Students learn how to use a social media platform, in a closed environment.
3) Students learn the importance of netiquette (writing appropriately).
4) Students learn how to adapt images, to save them, to import them, to embed video, which can be helpful to students wanting to learn computer programming.
5) Students understand the meaning of hyperlinks and how to create them.
6) SMARTER Balanced Assessments will require students to enter information into text boxes; therefore, students need practice composing digital content as paper and pencil testing moves to a digital format.
7) Students generate their own passwords and learn to protect them, an important part of Internet Safety.
8) Blogging is a great way to teach kids the importance of staying on topic.
9) Blogging can be used to develop self-reflection and summary writing skills.