Students in Mrs. Elkin's 3rd grade use the blog to respond to her posts, and digitally communicate with their peers. By doing so they deepen their exploration and understanding of various texts and strengthen their overall reading skills. http://kidblog.org/ElkinEagles
There are many places to create a blog - Blogger, Wordpress, and Kidblog are a few to start with. For my class blog, I use Kidblog. It is free, easy to set up, and the students have no problem learning how to use it. That is the site that Mrs. Elkin uses as well. For those with iPads and iPods, there is an app for Kidblog that can be downloaded at the Apple App Store.
If you would like help setting up your class blog, here are a few tips for using Kidblog. First of all, you will need to set up your classroom account. Go to the Kidblog homepage, and select Create a Class!
The following pictures will show you how I set up my class blog. You may want your settings to be different, so make it work for you. Give your blog a title then choose your theme from the list of themes. Keep the URL short, and something the students will remember. You might want to have a QR code for easy navigation to the site. I didn't use the class signup code. I just added each student myself to get them all set up. Put in your timezone by selecting a city near you.
|I had my students draw a picture of their face to use for their avatar. I would never put a student's picture with their name on the Internet.|