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Do you have great blogging ideas for kids?

Hello Educators,

I teach 3rd grade and my students are using Kidblogs.  I’m looking for ways to use the blog in the classroom.  Right now they like to post links to games.  (We are a 1:1 school).  The new rule is they have to write a short review of the game if they want to post a link.  I came across some rules for blogging that I will modify, but I am still looking for ways they can use the blog in a meaningful way.  Is it just another writers response?  I just recently was told about comment4kids and plan to explore that as well.  Your help is appreciated!

Thank you,
Angie Rumsey, Third Grade Teacher, Salem Lutheran school, @angierumsey

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Comment by Colleen Sullivan on January 23, 2011 at 7:45pm

Things with the blog having been going great! Students are using it almost daily for most of them and responded and writing their own posts. My next step is to have them use it for more that 1-2 sentence repsonses.

 

http://kidblog.org/Division2

Comment by Shelly Surridge on January 23, 2011 at 5:37pm

Hi Angie,

I am mostly a lurker on blogs and NING sites so rarely leave anything behind...however, you have inspired me to share my kidblog! I'm really proud of how excited my students are to have their own blogs. We began our blogs the first week of Jan. and we used up all the room on our blog within a week! I had to write to the administrator and ask for more space! I was sure the interest would wane soon but they still seem to be going strong! We spent a lot of time this last week determining rules and talking about audience and now during writing workshop they are constantly asking if they can blog. I love the ideas collected here and will be integrating them into more blogging lessons. I've also tweeted out our kidblog address and am looking forward to showing my students how to comment on other kidblog classes! Thanks for your inspiration!

http://kidblog.org/MrsSurridgesclass/

Comment by Deborah Hogg on January 22, 2011 at 12:53am

OK Angie! I think I have added a comment to each of the kids' blogs... whew! So much fun! I have incorporated a few links to Youtube vids - I hope that is ok - our NSW DET system has youtube blocked at school so I didn't know if your kids could link at school.

I really enjoyed their posts and it was interesting to see which bits of information was important for which of your kids. Just thought I would mention - in case you didn't know - that the 26th January is *Australia Day* which is sort of the equivalent of the 4th of July for you guys. So it is a Public Holiday and fireworks and gathering together and celebrating and lots of fun! It is supposed to be REALLY hot so we haven't finalised what our family will be doing this year.

I would just like to thank you for your spontaneity and passion for responding to the opportunities that all this connectedness provides for the learning in your classroom! I got a real sense of joy from interacting with your kids' blogs! It might be time to think about sending you some books about Australia or something for your classroom - it would be fun to maybe take some pictures too of ordinary Aussie stuff and send them across for your kids to maybe see same/difference... what do you think? Regards, Deb

Comment by Deborah Hogg on January 20, 2011 at 1:22am

Hi Angie

Thought you might like a wander around The Blog Dogs... the 2010 blog of a Year 3 class and their very enthusiastic teacher from the northern suburbs of Sydney... http://hccweb2.org/3s2010/

Comment by Lisa Mims on January 19, 2011 at 10:24pm

I usually give them a prompt that I think they would have fun writing about. A gift from one of my students was a calendar for teachers with quotes and prompts. I think I'll use some of those. For example, one of them was "If you can eat only one candy for the rest of your life, what would it be?"I also let them write at home because I can moderate what they write.

Room 8's Kidblog

Comment by Angie Rumsey on January 19, 2011 at 1:52pm

Thanks Colleen!  Would you mind posting the link to that blog?  

 

http://kidblog.org/MrsRumsey/

 

http://web.me.com/arumsey67/Site/Home.html

Comment by Colleen Sullivan on January 19, 2011 at 11:53am
I am just starting to use kidblog with my Gr.4/5 class. We are using it to discuss different health and career information. Students will give feedback on their eating and activity habits, as well as discussing different topics in health and career.
Comment by Deborah Hogg on January 17, 2011 at 3:09am

Hi again Angie, I went for a wander around your kidsblog pages and left a few comments for the kids - I hope that's alright. It was great to read about what they've been up to. You must spend quite a bit of time keeping up with all those posts and comments!

Regards

Comment by Angie Rumsey on January 16, 2011 at 5:57pm

Hi Deborah!  I like your idea of using the blog to let kids share the knowledge they already have.  I am finding that many kids would rather type than write, and the possibility of their words being read by someone from across the country or around the world makes the words even more meaningful and powerful.  I am going to make a conscience effort to incorporate blogging into my writing activities.

 

I am also trying to relay the importance of quality posts and comments to my students.  There was a day when I would say "Now when you grow up... you'll want to write well, spell well etc. because the people you'll work for will expect that."  

 

Now I can say that it is important because people will be reading it TODAY, and formulating an opinion about you based on your writing.  We have been going to other class blogs and writing comments, but before they are allowed to type in their comment, they write it on their journal and let me approve what their going to say.

 

If you have a chance, please visit my website and my kidsblog.

 

Thank you!

Angie

Comment by Deborah Hogg on January 16, 2011 at 5:43pm

Hi Angie, for many schools in NSW, Australia, classroom blogging is a new experience. 2010 saw our Dept of Education introduce a blogging platform that gave secure access to a managed system which meant teachers didn't have to create accounts etc for their students and it was already linked to their profile portal on our systems. It also gave schools the choice to publish either locally or out onto the www.

At our school we used this new tool for a whole range of activities but for Grade 3 (or Year 3) we found the kids were really open to using it as a learning experience as well as a social one. Our study of the BeastQuest books led to an explosion of posts about new books the kids were reading in the series - they wanted to talk about characters and plot lines. Our unit on National Parks gave us opportunities to ask the kids things like "What does a Park Ranger do?" to see what they thought before dealing with it in class time. Lots of those sorts of questions. We also set specific web challenges to research specific topics and gave links to search engines (other than google!) to try and get the kids to widen their exploration of the internet. The kids also wanted to use the blog to showcase things they were doing in programs around the school and also talk through some issues like water usage and recycling - amazing what happens when you tell kids they can have an opinion!

If I had to say what the biggest bonus of classroom blogging was for our Grade 3 it would have to be that it gave every child a voice in the classroom - we had some quiet ones in there who took blogging as their opportunity to be heard!

All the best for the fun and learning ahead! Regards, Deb (Sydney, Australia)

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