A1. A. Kidblog is a great way for students to have classroom discussion that they might be too nervous to participate. Each student can read other students comments to see if they are thinking along the same lines. They can choose which ones to respond to or not. They get whatever time that they need to process their own thinking before making the comment. AND...they all get a turn
B. It is a great way to connect with students from other schools. We have connected with students in the state of Iowa and in other states. We have also connected with students in other countries. The students in Canada were reading the same book, so our students could talk to them about a topic that was familiar to both. The conversations were richer in content.
C. It is a great way to work on writing skills for students. My students know that the blogs are live, so anyone in the world can read what they are saying. It makes them think a little more about wording, punctuation, spelling, etc.
Q2. Have you noticed a difference in student writing since they started using KidBlog?
A2. I think the most important area of growth that I have seen from using Kidblog is student voice. Students who were unsure of themselves and their own thoughts about heavy topics are getting support from their peers. Their ideas are valued, which I think helps students believe in themselves more because they are finding commonalities with their peers in their thinking.
Q3. Would there be a place for KidBlog in other content areas besides Language?
A3. I think blogging could be incorporated in any subject area. It is a tool for processing information. Students are putting their thinking down in a forum for others to read and comment. If students had to process a lab that was done in science. The could write about what they think will happen with a lab before they do it and the reflect post lab. Other students could comment on posts about their own lab results. Connecting with students in other schools who are doing the same kind of work would be very beneficial because comparisons could be