Kidblog2018-07-31T11:01:43+00:00
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Kidblog offers our younger students a scaffolded online environment for writing and sharing their learning in a global and collaborative approach.

Safe

Kidblog provides teachers with the tools to help students publish writing safely online. Students exercise digital citizenship within a secure classroom blogging space. Teachers can monitor all activity within their blogging community.

Simple

Kidblog offers a kid-friendly publishing experience suitable for any K-12 student. It helps students focus on what’s important by removing distractions so they can focus on writing. Teachers or parents can efficiently manage all posts and comments through an easy-to-use dashboard.

Authentic

Kidblog gives students’ writing a meaningful purpose and an authentic audience. Students are motivated to write for their peers and engage with a global network. Teachers moderate all content, so nothing goes live until the teacher says so.

Transformative

Re-imagine writing instruction. Built by teachers, for teachers, Kidblog’s platform is deeply rooted in the pedagogy of writing. Engage students in the process of pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, publishing, and commenting — Kidblog facilitates feedback and moderation at all stages.

Suggested

Students using our HCOS kits will often see suggestions of ways in which they can present their learning in writing.  Kidblog is regularly recommended in our kits as a way to do that.

Signing up for a seat in Kidblog is done through use of a join-code and login through a special link.  For students to sign up in their support teacher’s roster, they will get the join-code and URL from that teacher.  For students to be signed up with their parent’s own roster, they will receive the join-code and URL from their parent.

If students are already signed up in Kidblog, to join another class they will log in to their own site, then under “Enter a Join Code”, they will fill in the new join-code, which will automatically add them to the new site or class.

IMPORTANT:  Once the student account has initially been created (via join-code or manually) the student *will not* use a join-code to set up an account again. Instead, the student should log in to his/her account *first* and then, if needing to join another Kidblog class, should enter the join-code from their user dashboard. This process will attach their student account to several classes, ensuring all of this student’s content, class-to-class, year-over-year, is kept under one account. 

1.  Students Signing up in Their Support Teacher’s Roster

For parents to get their children started with this subscription, please contact your support teacher to add them to their Kidblog roster.

2.  Parents Having Their Own Kidblog “Classroom”

Parents may start their own Kidblog, if they wish to monitor the student’s posts and moderate, as needed.  In this instance, the parent will join Kidblog via a teacher join-code. (See Educator Resources tab)  Using this code, they will sign up for their own account and be linked to our organization’s Kidblog site.  (For a join-code and helpful instructions, please email Beth Johnson.)  

3.  Parents Visiting The Support Teacher’s Kidblog “Classroom”

  1. If parents are added as “Guests” to teachers’ classes in HCOS, depending on the class’ privacy settings, they will be able to view and comment on all students’ posts within the class. Individual teachers may invite parents into the class as guests.
  1. Parents added under the “Parent” role will be tied directly to their child’s student portfolio. This allows the parent to view all of their child’s posts from multiple classes (including year-over-year), but they will not be able to view posts made by other students in other classes. Students may invite their parents or guardians to view their portfolios via their Dashboard by entering the parent’s email. The parent will then receive an email with instructions to connect with their child.

For more information on the role of “Parents” and “Guests” in Kidblog, view the tutorial here:  Parents and Guests in Kidblog.

To get a join-code and teacher/parent instructions, please contact Beth Johnson.

Teachers may also choose Kidblog as a secure site for their regular, weekly communications with their families and students.  Note:  HCOS teachers should be aware that Kidblog is an American subscription, so you need to get parents’ permission before adding their students to your student roster in Kidblog.

n their blog posts and webinar sessions, Kidblog teachers share experiences, ideas, and tips for using Kidblog in the classroom.  You can view the Kidblog Blog with more helps in using the site, or teaching with Kidblog.

You can register for Kidblog webinars.

Kidblog is working on creating and adding “How To” videos to their Help Centre and YouTube channel. You can access their YouTube channel to see them.

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