Kidblog Lesson Reflection

Blogging with Students

Whew… this has been a busy 3 weeks of blogging with my students.  Since my class has been busy getting ready for state testing next week, I will say that it’s been hard to find enough time in the day for all of my students to type their blogs into my 4 classroom computers.  Just today, I was able to get the last group of students on to post their blog.  As a result, I have put off the student evaluation until next week.

 Here are some things that went really well:

  • Using the YouTube video Blogs in Plain English by Lee LeFever sparked a great discussion about how blogs have changed the way that news travels. 
  • Creating a thought provoking blog post of my own was the spark that led to a great online discussion about technology. When my students posted a comment, it was important that I commented back to each student.  This is what helped keep a discussion going.
  • BrainPop’s lesson about blogs was another great way to give my students information about blogs.  The video was very informative & the graphic organizers that accompanied the lesson were very helpful.
  • As you probably saw from my video in the previous post, my students loved taking a survey of the class in order to determine their most popular blog topic.  This was a great way to get them excited about the topic that they were planning on writing about.
  • Having the class create a grading rubric together was a great way to let the students know exactly what is expected of their own writing.
  • Students love being able to get on the internet to see work that they produced.

Complications with the lessons:

  • It is extremely difficult to expect 32 students to get onto 4 working classroom computers to type in a blog post and comments.  In hindsight, next time I will give extra credit as an incentive for them to post their blogs at home or after school.
  • Students wanted to post pictures into their blogs, but weren’t given the resources to be able to quickly find copyright compliant pictures.  To help with this, I needed to create a Kidblog LiveBinder that had links to help them find pictures. I also had to do an extra lesson with my class to show them how to insert pictures into their posts.
  • Typing the blogs in took longer than I expected because most of my students do not have the proper typing skills. Without a computer lab at our school, we don’t have enough resources to give our students the technology training that they really need. I’m not sure exactly how to fix this.  Maybe I can add some typing program links to my classroom webpage.

Final Thoughts:

Even though I’m not completely finished with the evaluation part of my lesson, overall, I am very happy with classroom blogging.  Next time I will definitely start this towards the beginning of the school year when I know that I don’t have state testing to compete with my time.  I feel like my students are more excited about blogging than most of the writing assignments that I’ve given them this year.  I find that they are being more thoughtful in their journals and they are doing a better job self-editing.  If you’re a classroom teacher, I highly recommend that you try it with your class!  You’ll have some of your quietest students actively participating and joining in the discussions.

One thought on “Kidblog Lesson Reflection

  1. I really enjoyed reading about you RILS. Seeing teachers proactively introducing technology to young students is awesome! It was fantastic to hear that they were putting in more effort with their writing on the blog and that they wanted to expand what they could do like adding pictures. I am a big fan of peer collaboration so I liked that you let them create the rubric together. It would be interesting to see what would happen if you integrated more assignments with kid blog for your students. Maybe this increased motivation will be seen in those assignments as well. What ever you do keep posting so we can see how it goes. Fantastic work!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s