Teacher Review For Kidblog

Fun Alternative to Book Reports

Susan W.
Classroom teacher
Mon Yough Catholic School, White Oak, PA
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Individual
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I used Kidblog as an alternative to Book Reports. Students would review the book using preset criteria questions and format. Then the class had to read and comment on 2 posts. We have the students read and write a report on each literary genres. This "Blog" served a dual purpose. Student reports and a resource for students to find books in a certain genre that they might want to read based on the reviews from another student. Lower level students did not have to write a review the same length as the given rubric. This was I could adapt for these students, yet they still did the work. This site worked exactly as I needed it to work. I do not teach literature this year, but I will use this site again when I teach this subject. http://kidblog.org/Literature8/ http://kidblog.org/11-12Level8LiteratureClassBookshelf/
My Take
I tried different blog sites with my literature classes. I found Kidblog to be the easiest to use and set up. It was free for my purposes. Once set up, the students can be given the link to the blog and log in by choosing their name. All they have to remember is their password. We had a little trouble getting the pictures to go into the posts at first, but I think that glitch has either been fixed or we got better at it because it has not been a problem the last time we used it. Every once in awhile a post would not save. But I think it may have been user error rather than a problem with the website.