I demonstrated the steps to login on kidblog first on my SMART board and then we went over to the lab. I made a post about the novel we read, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.
This was their assignment:
Hi students! For our very first blog discussion, I would like to know what you thought of the book we just read, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing!
Share your rating of the book on a scale of 1 to 10 and at least one favorite part of the book as well as one least favorite part. Use details from the story to explain your answer and your blog entry must be at LEAST four sentences for your first comment. You may come back later and comment on other student’s comments if you follow good classroom blog etiquette.
- Include a topic sentence
- Include a rating 1-10
- Include a favorite part with details
- Include a least favorite part with details
- Include a conclusion
Have fun blogging!
Here are the screenshots of the page with my post:
Next, I wrote an example entry (in yellow) of what I would expect as an excellent response.
Students' comments were not displayed until I "approved" them as the admin of the kidblog. This was tedious during class because I wanted students who finished theirs to be able to read other comments but that meant I had to have my computer open and approve comments. It worked out well though because the students were so engaged that they were not raising their hands asking for help and were very independent. Students did have to "refresh" the page to see the newly approved comments and many did not know how to do that.
The gray is a comment from a student on another student's reply to my post. They loved this!
When students are directed to the URL of your kidblog page, they simply select their name from a pull down bar. The teacher enters all the student names in advance and sets the password.
I made all the passwords something they already use and it was SO easy to login!! The blog is completely PRIVATE to the public and you need to login to see a post!
I cannot tell you how engaged the students were and the excitement of learning that was taking place. The students really worked on making a good topic sentence and using details too! If you haven't checked out using blogs in your classroom, I highly recommend it. I am going to incorporate it into a Work on Writing choice sometimes in my ELA class.
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