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?