Kidblog: A great instructional tool for today's students

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  • Personally, I plan to use Kidblogging during my Daily 5 station time. Students will be able to extend our learning about personal narratives by sharing a personal narrative on our blog. Students can then read and respond to each other’s stories. My students will love having the ability to show their parents what they completed that day on their blog. This provides for instant interaction and feedback- something that is not possible when we work on paper and pencil writing projects that must stay at school until they are completed and graded. No more wait time = greater student enthusiasm 

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  • 1. B Y D E L I A C O R N W E L LE D M E 5 0 3KidblogA Great Instructional Tool for Today’s Students
  • 2. What is a blog?
  • 3. How will blogging benefit my students? Learning theories Social Learning- Bandura (McLeod, 2011) Constructivism (Paily, 2013) Connectivism (Siemens, 2005) George SiemensVideo
  • 4. 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)
  • 5. 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!
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. 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)
  • 8. 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.
  • 9. Examples of class Kidblogs http://kidblog.org/MrsStupkasClassBlog/ http://kidblog.org/MrsCsClass-19/
  • 10. 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