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Looking for a way to incorporate a Web 2.0 tool into your instruction? Kidblog is the tool for you! Follow these simple steps to get your own class blog up and running. I have also included examples of how to incorporate blogging into reading instruction to get you started. Remember, blogging is all about sharing ideas, so your opportunities for use in your classroom are endless!
Setting up a blog with Kidblog.org
2. Click on, "Create a Class"
3. Create your FREE account by typing in your information and creating a name for your class blog
4. When you finished creating your account, click "Create Class"
5. Access your email account you registered your blog under in order to confirm your account
6. Click the link in the email provided to get started personalizing your class blog.
7. On the top right hand side of the screen, click on "Control Panel"
8. Go ahead and add each of your students as Users. I keep everyone's password the same for easy, however you can give students their own passwords if you like. Since my blog is private to only my class, I use students real first names, however you may use an alias.
9. After adding your users, click on the "Settings" tab at the top to adjust how your blog looks (colors, time zone, data format, etc.). Under "Posts" make sure to change your privacy setting to control who can see, respond to, and approve posts.
You're now ready to start posting and blogging with your students! To learn how to create and review posts, follow these instructions:
1. Click on the tab, "New Post"
2. Give your post a title and then write your post information in the text box below.
3. Click, "Publish" on the right hand side of the screen. Your users can now see your post!
4. In order to review student posts, click on "Review Posts". There you will be able to see when users respond to posts.
**Have fun experimenting with your blog and making it your own!
How can I incorporate blogging into my reading instruction?
Have students respond to a novel you are reading aloud as a class
Allow literature circle or book club groups to carry out their discussions over the blog
Post weekly trivia questions which require students to search the Internet for answers
Set up a correspondence with another class in your school or even another country to encourage collaboration with different cultures (book club, author study, etc.)
Post questions for your guided reading groups to discuss in writing to practice constructed clear responses
Check out these sites to learn more about blogging in the classroom:
Using Blogs to Integrate Technology
Integrating Blogging into the Curriculum
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