Kidblog Application Setup

There has been an overwhelming response to teachers implementing Kidblog.org in their classroom. (I even have some Kindergarten teachers dabbling.) It is a great resource. I blogged about Kidblog a long time ago. However, the site has changed quite a bit. I will make an updated tutorial in the near future.

For now, I thought I would throw out a few materials for those of you that are interested in initiating a blog. The video embedded in this post is one I made for a classroom of second graders that needed to make the Kidblog application connect to their accounts. Feel free to use the video for your own classroom to get your students connected if I am not able to help you personally. Mrs. Gaines reported that her students did not have trouble connecting to the site after showing the video.

If you are thinking about implementing a blog, I would highly recommend looking at the following website: Getting More Out of Student Blogging. It is somewhat lengthy, but it includes a free webinar to watch. The blog post summarizes the webinar so you don’t even have to watch it if you would rather just read through the materials yourself. It will provide you with a strong foundation on blogging. It will get you thinking about how to establish it, build excitement in your classroom, and make blogging a successful activity in your routine.

Blogging is an authentic avenue for developing student literacy skills. ¬† When you invest the time in teaching, modelling, revising and promoting high quality writing of comments, students can make great gains in their overall literacy development.” – Sue Waters

 

 

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Doodle Buddy, Bill Atkinson Photocard, and Kidblog…Oh My!

I recently posted about a video tutorial that I had made for Bill Atkinson Photocard. I love the products that this application produces. Sure the kids can make their own postcards, but once the students have the steps down in this application, they can create it at a much faster rate than ever before.

The image posted here is of Mrs. Yoder’s blog. Students are merely using it as a digital portfolio. This process was extremely impressive as first graders used their iPods to send a thank you note to a guest reader in their class. (Based upon the image, I bet you can guess what book was read by Mrs. Leman.) The students first made their illustration inDoodle Buddy, saved the image to their camera roll, imporated it into Photocard, saved their project into their camera roll, and finally either uploaded it to Kidblog or emailed it. These first graders used three different applications to create this project. A set of tasks that would even have the majority of adults’ heads spinning.

The one drawback that Mrs. Yoder mentioned was that it would have been helpful just to have an extra set of hands present to field any problems that arose. Unfortunately, I was not able to be present for the project. (Hence the need for the video.)

If you are an East Noble School Corporation teacher, and you just need an extra set of hands, let me know!