What's that? A blog? For students?
This website brings all the modern wow of blogging into your classroom. There are so many ways to implement this into your classroom. I run two separate blogs using kidblog.org
In the beginning of the year, I kickoff my BookBlog. This is a modern day version of a book club in a sense. As students complete a boom, they blog about it. They start off with a short paragraph summarizing the beginning and the middle of the book- a brief synopsis of sorts. They can't give anything exciting away, but they must write enough to interest the other kids inthe class. After this, they simply write a quick recommendation of the book!
This is ridiculously engaging. I have to admit, when I first implemented it I had a hard time keeping up with monitoring posts!
The beauty of kidblog.org is the 100% ability for teachers to monitor and keep it private. The settings allow for either public blogs, or password protected blogs. You can set it to automatically post every student blog, or have the website designate you as a monitor. Nothing I posted until it is reviewed by the teacher.
The set up is quick and easy- every student gets a user name and a password which is created by you. Students are then able to log on, customize their pages, post BookBlogs and comment on other users blogs.
Again, this really gets students excited about both reading and writing. I will post templates and rubrics shortly! The site makes grading writing quick and painless- any comments you have to make about a student's writing can be kept private and they format makes it kick and easy to give relatively quick feedback.