What is Kidblog?

  • Kidblog is a secure, private blogging platform created specifically for educational use.
    • Blog -- Web log or online journal.

What do I need to know about Kidblog before using it with my students?

  • Free, no ads.
  • Simple, easy to use interface.
  • Teachers have administrative control over all student blogs and student accounts.
  • Your students’ blogs are private by default – viewable only by classmates and the teacher.
  • For “semi-public” blogs, set up guest (e.g. parent) accounts that require a password to view students’ posts/comments.
  • Comment privacy settings block unsolicited comments from outside sources.
  • Kidblog does not collect any personal information from teachers or students.
  • Does not require student e-mail accounts.
  • Teachers should establish clear guidelines for posting and commenting on Kidblog.
    • Sample Blogging Rules -- courtesy of Frederick County Public Schools, Maryland
      • This blog belongs to the school, so all school rules apply here too!
      • Never write anything that you don't want everyone to know.
      • Always show respect to the authors of posts and comments.
      • Always use your online name to submit a comment, never use your full name.
      • Have fun blogging with your friends!

Student Technical Skill

  • Required
    • Basic Computer and Internet Navigation Skills
    • Minimal Keyboarding Proficiency (or alternatively utilize speech recognition software to covert speech to type in a word processing program and allow students to copy and paste their post).
    • Basic Internet Safety Rules
  • Advanced Technical Skills (not required and may be taught)
    • Tagging
    • Hyperlinking
    • Uploading files and images
    • Embedding Media
    • Digital Literacy and Citizenship

How can I use Kidblog as an assessment device?

  • Any blogging assignment may be utilized as either a formative or summative assessment.
    • Students should be allowed to practice any skill in the blogging environment before summatively assessing a blog post.
  • Blogs may also be utilized as reflective self-assessment devices.
    • Students need to have the time and to be taught to reflect upon their own learning and understanding.
    • Reflective writing provides meta-cognitive practice, an essential reading comprehension strategy.

Example Learning Objectives
Examples of Appropriate Formative, Summative, and Self-Assessments
Sample Rubrics
  • Interpret
  • Classify
  • Summarize
  • Infer
  • Compare
  • Explain
  • Summarize readings, films or speeches
  • Compare and contrast two or more characters, events, or texts
  • Paraphrase a content area reading assignment
  • Draw an inference from your reading and support with evidence
  • Identify examples or illustrations of a concept or principle
  • Explain the actions of a character supported by evidence from the text
  • Analyze
  • Differentiate
  • Organize
  • Analyze and explain how to solve a given math problem
  • Determine how elements function together
  • Determine bias, values or underlying intent in presented materials
  • Evaluate
  • Check
  • Critique
  • Assess
  • Evaluate the actions of historical figures given current knowledge
  • Post a personal reflection of lessons learned
  • Assess the results of an experiment
  • Critique a character's actions against established criteria or standards, for example The Ten Commandments or Golden Rule
  • Create
  • Create and maintain a blog throughout the unit that synthesizes information from various sources.