Hello, fellow educators!
I have been working on fully integrating technology in my ESOL classes this year. I must admit it isn’t easy as it looks like because it entails a lot of careful planning of lessons and activities. I want to make sure that students also achieve a comfort level in using the technology. After a few weeks though, of talking about digital citizenship, the features of the tablet and some basic keyboarding practice, I finally am able to launch our class blog. You bet, my 3rd and 5th grade ESOL students are on the roll to being kid bloggers! And if anybody asks how kids can blog, my kids will beg to differ. They will tell you: Yes, we kids can blog, too!
After narrowing down my top sites to Edmodo and kidblog.org, I decided to use kidblog.org for our class blogs. All my students have to do is to go to our class website, and click “Our Class Blog” on the navigation bar.
Then, it will take them to our class blog page. All they have to do is click on their grade level to access the blog site, select their name from the list, and log in with their password, which I have provided to them.
Their dashboard on kidblog.org looks like this:
Last week in 5th grade ESOL class, we focused on character study. I posted a question on character study that they are required to answer. They are also required to at least post one response or comment to a classmate’s post. Of course, as a teacher, I deemed it necessary to comment on each of my students’ posts. I want my students to know that I am reading their posts.
Blogging can be a very fun and engaging way to let students write. They are able to read their classmates’ posts and comment on them. At the same time, they are able to correct their own spelling mistakes through the computer’s or tablet’s spell check feature. So go ahead and try www.kidblog.org with your students!
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