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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Kidblog Anyone?

I consider myself to be moderately technologically-literate. However I always feel like I'm behind the eight ball when I discover "new" things that I find out have been around for a while now. I attended a training last week on "Differentiation Using Technology"-sounds exciting right? Well, it was but now I have this huge list of programs to see if I can navigate.

I was really excited to try out Kidblog:  http://kidblog.org/home/

I'm still playing with it and trying figure out how it all works. I introduced it to my kiddos before the break and they all made up their own passwords (that was hilarious by the way-they'd say "dinosaur" and I'd say, "are you sure you can spell that?" Ok, then "dog"). The first time I asked them what they learned at school that day and actually did get 2 responses *yay*. We've been on break this past week and a couple of them have posted-how's Ruby doing, I saw the Oz movie, etc.

If you don't use this, it seems like a fun thing to use maybe even as an exit ticket type of activity-what did you learn today? I can see you being able to ask specific questions to specific students and using it to differentiate that way, I'm just not sure I work with a population of students where they have regular access to the web at home.

If you do use this, what kinds of activities do you do with it? I know I'm probably missing some brilliant way to use it as a resource.




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  1. Yay for you and discovering something new. I think things reveal themselves as you need them and can use them. Here are a few great ways to use kidblog: http://kidblog.org/home/kidblog-in-action-classroom-qa-with-kindergarten-teacher-sharon-davison/ and http://4thgradefrolics.blogspot.com/2012/06/hello-everyone-thursday-and-can-someone.html and http://mathis.watchknowlearn.org/Video.aspx?VideoID=47963&CategoryID=7065

    Kimberley
    First in Maine
    Academic Resources

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    1. Thank you so much Kimberley-looks like very helpful ideas! :)

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  2. My boys use it but not in the classroom -yet. I did just email link to 2nd grade teacher.

    Definitely, a neat site. Keep us updated on how you utilize it.

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  3. I follow quite a few super techy teachers on Twitter (ooh, alliteration!). A few use Kidblog and are enjoying it!
    ReadWriteSing

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    1. Love the alliteration! :) I wish I understood Twitter better-that's one of my summer goals! I'll have to check that out. Thanks Chrissy!

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