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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Student Blogs

A couple of weeks ago, I started blogs with my students.  I took a day just to let my students pick out a blog design and add a picture to it.  Then, I let students write things on paper and I scanned them in and let them record themselves reading on Audioboo.  This was pretty time consuming for me because I was doing most of the work (besides their actually writing).  Well, yesterday, I got smart.  (Finally!)
The classroom website that I use is by Weebly.  Since I signed up for the educator website, it came with the option to set up websites for students.  They also have a handy app that students can use to easily upload new posts.

Now, students are able to use our iPods and iPads to easily take pictures of their writing, type new posts, and record themselves reading their writing and tons of other ideas.
This guy hated writing with a passion at the beginning of the year.  I noticed that he loved reading Super Diaper Baby comic books, so one day I mentioned to him that he should write a comic book.  He looked at like I was crazy and asked if I was serious.  When I told him yes, he got right to work... and worked everyday for 2 weeks on this.  Now, it maybe be very hard to understand what is going on in this picture, but he can explain every detail to me.  The sequencing was beautiful and best of all he feels like a writer now.  Sweet success!
Yesterday, my first graders were practicing measuring with non-standard units.  After they measured several items around the room, I let each child choose one item to measure and then make a blog post about it.  Look at what one of my kids wrote:
In case you can't see it, it says "Your pone was six subs tall."  My kids love my poor, busted up phone. haha  Another teacher asked what happened to it one day in the hallway and a student answered, "She just drops it a lot."  So. Very. True.  

Here is a glance of his writing in the app:

I let them write things for their blogs during our Daily 5 writing time.  I am trying to use one Daily 5 session a day as a writing conference time.  They love writing time soooo much now!  It's fun and who wouldn't love getting great comments from parents, friends, and classmate on their blog?  I know that I love it!

How do you incorporate technology into your classroom?

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  1. I love the idea of having a class blog and each student having a page! I am the technology resource teacher and will definitely be introducing this website to my teachers IF it is not blocked at our school! I know some of the 2nd grade teachers are using Kidblog but I love that this has an app too since we use iPods and iPads :)! Thanks for sharing.

    Sent From My iPad

    1. BTW I love your students response to your busted phone as well as their spelling haha :)! 1st graders are the best!

  2. Love the idea!! What a great way to motivate students to write!

  3. Technology is so relatable to kids, what a great job you are doing to incorporate more of this into their learning!
    Amy Howbert

    Little Miss Organized

  4. Love, Love, Love this. Thanks so much for sharing. I also use kidblog but we are thinking of getting ipad for our classrooms and this would be so easy to use. Thanks so much for sharing.


  5. I love this too! I wish we had the technology to support it... :(

    My phone looks just like yours and I also drop mine a lot. It's actually kind of nice now that it's broken because when I hear it hit the floor, I'm not worried anymore, haha!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  6. We use Weebly for our teacher webpages and I love it! How were you able to set up the students' pages? I have been looking into student blogs and using weebly would be wonderful! :)