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Kidblog

Description

Kidblog is a wonderful resource for student blogging. According to Kidblog's website, kidblog.org "is designed for elementary and middle school teachers who want to provide each student with their own, unique blog. Kidblog's simple, yet powerful tools allow students to publish posts and participate in discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs."  Kidblog has several advantages over other blogging sites:

  • Teachers can create a class blog, and add student accounts without needing student email accounts.
  • Students have their own unique blogging space. They can create posts and comment on other students' posts.
  • Teachers have control over approving students' posts and comments before they are published to the blog.
  • The site is secure. Students must login to read posts and write comments.
  • Teachers can post private comments, so that only the child who wrote the post may see the teacher's comment.  This is a great way to leave feedback for the student.
  • Students can navigate easily between their blog space, their teacher's blog space (optional), and their classmates' blog spaces.
  • There are no ads on this site.

Curriculum Connections

  • create book discussions (great for literature circles or book reports)
  • post prompts for writing
  • communicate with parents and students about classroom news, policies, and events
  • journal writing online
  • publish student work (writing, photos, video, etc.)
     

Examples

Mrs. Kolbert's Class Blog

 

Equipment Needed

  • Kidblog.org teacher account
     

Resources/Tutorials

Getting Started - Create Your Account (PDF)
 

Screencasts (Video Tutorials)
Note: These screencasts are best viewed in "full screen" mode once the video has started.

Adding Students to your Class:
 
Privacy Settings:
 
Student View: Write a blog entry
 
Teacher View: Approving Student Posts
 
Students View: Writing Comments
 
Teacher View: Approving Student Posts and Posting a Private Comment on a Student Blog
 
How to Bulk Upload Users to Your Blog
 
How to Embed Widgets into Your Blog Posts