With my new access to these "tech" resources daily, I started this year with a complete open mind about where my technology integration path would lead. I decided to take a "just try it" attitude towards the flood of new apps and programs I was being introduced too. This attitude has lead to many moments in the edtech trenches and some pretty cool triumphs.
Kidblogging was something I didn't really start with any expectations. Liz, our technology resource teacher (who is amazing by the way), mentioned it in one of our meetings and I decided to "just try it". I downloaded the app on my personal iPad, played with it, and then decided to introduce it to the kids. I did my "technology teach-to's" about the program and walked them through how to type, capitalize, add media, and publish. After a few mini-lessons, we tried it in class with pretty unremarkable results. The kids didn't seem that into it. They didn't like all the typing and seemed to get frustrated easily when trying to add media, but we revisited it a couple times as a way to reflect on some class events. I would share their blogs on the Promethean and we would move on. Like I said, unremarkable!! Then Spring Break happened...
(Pictured below is the super simple login process for Kidblog. We created easy to remember passwords for the kids and the usernames were just their names attached to "shark" since we are The Sharks)
Blogging took off because kids wanted to share and be heard by their friends. It gave them ownership of a technological voice. They spent more time writing with details. They added media such as pictures, videos, and even songs. The most popular blog was a boy who went to see Lego Movie and figured out how to add the "Everything is Awesome" song onto his blog entry about going to watch the movie. I gave the class 30 minutes on each of the first 3 days back from break to logon and comment. (Below is a screen shot of a blog post about a recent hike we went on, with another screen shot of friends commenting on the post)
So, I end this blog by challenging all my educator friends and peers to "just try it". No matter where you are on your technological journey just having an open mind can lead you to some great discoveries about yourself and your students!!
Thank you for reading,
(Jakey Note: The blogs are currently private and only accessed my the students in our class)