Kidblog offers our younger students a scaffolded online environment for writing and sharing their learning in a global and collaborative approach.
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”
3. Parents Visiting The Support Teacher’s Kidblog “Classroom”
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Kidblog Webinar with Laura Kniffin from Kidblog, held on October 12, 2018
…So your child has begun to write blogs. This is great! But then they want to be ‘heard’ outside the walls of your home. How can you manage this?
Kidblog gives options for connecting with other people and other classes… even classes in a different country! How do you tap into this?
1. Adding a Guest
Guests jon the Kidblog class with the ability to see any posts which the student publishes to “Connections”. If the teacher gives permission, guests may also post comments–and teachers can require that they must approve guest comments before these can be published.
- Navigate to your class Users page (Settings->Users)
- Click the “Join Codes” button
- Enable the Guest join code
- Send guests the join code and your class URL (E.g. grandparents, aunts or uncles, friends, etc.)
- Guests will sign up for an account and be added to your class
When your students write their blog, they choose their audience: teacher/parent, classmates in the same class, connections (people invited to view class posts–parents, relatives, other classrooms, etc.) or public (anyone with your class URL).
To share your Kidblog class with family, friends, or worldwide, you may click the megaphone icon on your main class page.
This opens up a list of choices you can make, which will allow others to view your class or student’s posts.
Another way to expand your students’ blogging audience is by inviting connections with another class. For suggestions of classes, you can go to “Connections” in the menu along the top of the page:
This page will show a list of active classes with posts published for the audience “Public”. You can browse these classes for ideas, and connect so your students continue to build an authentic audience. There are two ways to grow your list of suggested connections in Kidblog:
- Actively publishing for the Public audience
- Connecting with other Kidblog classes.
Once your students begin publishing in your class, Kidblog will locate classes that are publishing on similar topics and ideas. These classes will also appear on your suggested connections list.
Making a Connection
- Log into Kidblog. Under the “Connections” heading, find a class that interests you and visit their URL. Click the “Follow” button to request access for your class (all users) to view their posts published for the audience Connections. As part of the request, add a quick note to the teacher explaining who you and your students are, and your blogging goals.
- Once your follow request has been accepted, you and your students will be followers of the class. if the teacher requests to follow you in return, your classes will be connected to one another.
- Connected classes that you are following will appear in the right sidebar of your class page. Your students can click on classes to which you are connected, then read and comment on posts published to Connections or Public.
- NOTE: Your connected classrooms can only view students’ posts when the student assigns them to be published to either Connections or Public. To allow your students to publish work for these audiences, you will need to set the Post Privacy to include these audiences.
I hope these ideas help you to get excited about some of the potential for increasing your student’s audience in Kidblog!