A blog, questions spider, just what is it for?
Well, it is for writing but can be much more.
A place for your thoughts and ideas to share
Communicating with others is only fair.
I decided to begin investigating some blogging platforms that might be appropriate to use with students at my elementary school this morning.
Some things I like about Kidblog:
- it is private by default
- can make it "semi-private" with "guest" accounts for parents, etc.
- no advertising
- I have administrative control and review posts before they are posted
Having said that "I like" the privacy details of Kidblog, I also have in the back of my mind the idea that some of real value and power in blogging comes from the ability to interact with other people (ie. outside of the school) (Kist, 2010; Richardson, 2010). However, given that this will be our students' (and parents' and teachers') first foray into the online world and blogging, I think it is prudent to begin slowly. Therefore, I think beginning with a closed/private system is a good idea.
I found this great video on Wesley Fryer's blog that explains how to set up Kidblogs for a class. I like the idea that he is setting the blogs to allow viewing and commenting by anyone, yet those still must be read by the teacher before they are posted. This is a great option.
Mr. Lane's Class
- settings are private
- shows use of tags
- public viewing and commenting permitted
- posts contain photos, embedded items, etc.
In general, Kidblog seems very plain looking. You are unable to follow any other blogs or personalize the pages too much.
Fryer, W. (2012, January 27). Configure KidBlog for safe, moderated, interactive student blogging & commenting [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2012/01/27/configure-kidblog-for-safe-moderated-interactive-student-blogging-commenting/
Kist, W. (2010). The socially networked classroom: teaching in the new media age. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin.
Oldschoolteach. (2011, October 1). "Write On!" Why I love Kidblog [Web log message]. http://oldschoolteach.wordpress.com/2011/10/01/write-on-why-i-love-kidblog/
Richardson, W. (2010). Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin.