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How will blogging benefit my students? Learning theories Social Learning- Bandura (McLeod, 2011) Constructivism (Paily, 2013) Connectivism (Siemens, 2005) George SiemensVideo
How will blogging benefit my students? Fun! Engaging to readers Improves confidence Exposure to technology Improves proofreading (editing) skills Share ideas Mutual learning Digital portfolios Learn web etiquette(Khan, 2012)
Why Kidblog? “Built by teachers, for teachers, so students can get the mostout of the writing process.” (Kidblog website) Safe Very easy to use for students and easy for teachers to manage Limited audience-only those with the class code have access tothe blog posts COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection) compliant Allows students to become creators not just consumers Students can add photos, drawings, and other multimedia totheir posts Easy to use on any device- laptop, netbook, iPad, tablets Connect with other classes FREE!
Getting started Get permission from parents Create a Kidblog account for your class and students. Manage privacy settings in accordance to your school’sAOP (Acceptable Use Policy) Provide your audience with your class code (parents,older student buddies) Model how to use Kidblog and how to create posts, whatto post, and how to respond to others Create clear expectations for your students includingappropriate topics and respectfully responding to others.
What do we blog about? Kidblog is a cross-curricular platform Publish writing Story problems for others to solve Reflections on new concepts being learned Special events (classroom news)
Gathering assessment data Kidblog makes it really easy to review each student’sportfolio of work. Collect data for many of the standards you wouldtypically assess through paper and pencil…AND youdon’t have to lug all those papers around to grade! Assess areas such as communication skills,conventions, writing genres, ability to makeconnections, their understanding of a new concept.
Examples of class Kidblogs http://kidblog.org/MrsStupkasClassBlog/ http://kidblog.org/MrsCsClass-19/
ReferencesKhan, H. (2012). Incorporating blogging into education. Instantshift Retrievedfrom http://www.instantshift.com/2012/10/11/incorporating-blogging-into-education/McLeod, S. (2011). Bandura-Social Learning Theory. Simply PsychologyRetrieved from http://www.simplypsychology.org/bandura.htmlMeech, S. (2010). Kidblog Offers Safe and Simple Interface. Learning & LeadingWith Technology, 37(8), 38.Paily, M. U. (2013). Creating Constructivist Learning Environment: Role of "Web2.0" Technology. International Forum Of Teaching & Studies, 9(1), 39-50.Siemens, G. (2005) Connectivism: A learning theory for the digital age.International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, 2(1).Retrieved from http://www.itdl.org/Journal/Jan_05/article01.htm