Teacher Review for Fanschool

Get Students Publishing For An Authentic Audience With Kid Blog

Michael G.
School district administrator
Homestead High School (Fort Wayne, IN)
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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 More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Kid Blog is a wonderful tool that I have assisted with teachers as they set it up. It is powerful and gives all students a voice, even those reluctant to raise their hand. It is best to set up the class where the teacher monitors and approves blogs before publication. Students should also be taught how to work within an academic forum including use of proper grammar, digital citizenship, no use of text lingo, no posting of personal information, and being specific when answering a question or replying to others. A unit on digital citizenship should be an initial part of going into Kid Blog. The program is seamless and easy to use and while behind a somewhat closed environment... teachers should take the same precautions... as if having students blog in an environment without constraints. Best of all, students writing will improve as they realize they are publishing beyond their refrigerator door and teacher's desk. Great way to start blogging in the classroom.
My Take
Kid Blog is an outstanding tool that allows students to be creators and publishers. Watching student collaboration and sharing can invigorate any classroom. The excitement that students feel when they see others reading their publications is exciting to bot the teacher and the student. Some outstanding features of Kid Blog is the community that is built inside the classroom walls. The ability for teachers to monitor students posts is very important as students learn to operate in an academic forum. In fact, teachers can set Kid Blog up so nothing is published until the teacher approves. As students become proficient it could be important to move toward a blogging platform that is more open to the web... but only after precautions, student learning, and guidelines are set. Kid Blog allows for the beginning learning opportunity to publish online.