Tried It Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday!

Today I'm linking up with Holly from Fourth Grade Flipper for Tried It Tuesday for the first time! :)


What I used today was not the first time I've used it, but the first time I've used it this year.
I used KidBlog during my 5th grade student teaching as a choice for Work on Writing during Daily. The students absolutely LOVED it! They would make all of these great connections with their books and several of them used it at home.

I also used KidBlog last year when I taught 6th-8th grade reading intervention. We read The Diary of Anne Frank as a class and I often had them write on KidBlog to express their opinions, connections, etc. about what we were reading. They really enjoyed it and I got to learn so much about my students' thoughts about the book after I read their posts than I did in class, because they were too shy to talk about it.

So I decided since my 3rd graders have been working on typing all year, and we needed a NEW activity for the computer lab (we go 3 times a week), this might work out well.

OH MY GOODNESS DID IT EVER! The students were SO excited (even ones who get excited about very few things when it comes to school). The computer lab was silent as students were typing. Today's post was very open ended, so they could get used to it. I plan on posting a topic or prompt each Tuesday for them to write about. Then, when we go in on Friday, they will each be able to read the comment I left for them, read classmates' blogs, and write comments themselves. The range of topics today included books they were reading, plans for the weekend, summer vacation, and their family. I think this will be a great way for my kiddos who just LOVE telling me stories (every day, all day) to be able to share with me the things they want to. I know they'll be excited to see their comments from me. They also asked if I could add our associate on our blog, because they want to be able to comment on her blog, as well! I just love my class! :)

Have you used KidBlog? How do you use it?
What have you tried in your room?

4 comments

  1. I have used KidBlog before. Some of my kids were really into it and some not so much. I need to bring it back for sure after testing. I loved hearing how your 6th-8th graders used it last year for Anne Frank. Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  2. I have never used KidBlog but I am definitely interested in checking it out. It sounds great. I think my students would love it.

    Kim
    Quinnessential Lessons

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  3. I used Kidblog a lot last year but only had one ELA class and we grouped by ability (I had the high group). This year, I am teaching all the ELA (three classes mixed heterogenously) and haven't used it yet. Now that state testing is behind us, I plan on using it for book talks for the remainder of the year.

    I found that it can be daunting approving and policing the commenting since I am a stickler for using proper grammar even when using Kidblog. Now, I'll have 50 students to comment on and approve comments to each other. That's probably why I've been procrastinating. I like your idea of posting a prompt each Tuesday and going in on Friday to check out the comments. Thank you for linking up and I hope to see you back again! :)
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  4. This looks like a great website. I heard about Kidblog the other day. It is a weird coincidence that I was looking for a blogging site for my students. We are having a STEM week and have been working on inquiry projects for the science fair. To incorporate the T in STEM I decided to create a blog for the students, but I didn't know where I was going to host the blog, and this site looks like it may be the perfect fit!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Jen

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