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Kidblog provides a safe environment for students to share their experiences and expertise. Students love the collaborative nature of it as they can comment on posts and even receive feedback from their parents. In this collection of tutorials, you will learn how to setup your Kidblog page, create accounts, get parents involved, and get students connected. Please complete all aspects of this module as it is designed to take roughly an hour. Please complete the assignment at the end and submit for your PGP credit. 


































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Settings: There are quite a few features of Kidblog that you may want to consider. Kidblog was designed to put the teacher in control of who can access your class content. You can set it to be open to the whole world or require an account. You can also set posts and comments to be approved by you prior to them appearing on the blog. In this video, you will also see how you can add a class avatar and change your theme to match your personality. 

Kidblog: Settings




Creating student accounts isn't necessarily hard, but when you've created as many Kidblog accounts as I have, you learn how to quickly create those accounts. This is just a matter of efficiency!

Kidblog: Creating Student Accounts


One key ingredient to Kidblog is having parents involved. If your blog is not open to the public, you will need a separate account in order for parents to access. You could have parents create their own accounts and give them a code to access. However, I would foresee getting all parents to participate to be difficult if they have to go through the process. You can also make it that parents can comment on student posts. Lastly, I created a letter to send home to parents so that you can better inform them about how to participate. Click here to access the file. 

Kidblog: Parent Access


To keep parents involved, you'll also want a link on your website. If require a log in for parents to participate, it would be nice if you included a direct link to your log in screen. This video addresses how to find that log in page link so that you can place it on your website. (Specifically to place it on a Blogger site.) 

Kidblog: Login Link


This video covers how to post from the web version of Kidblog.org. If your students are utilizing a PC, Mac, or Cromebook this video will demonstrate how you or your students can create post on Kidblog. 

Kidblog.org: Posting


Categories and tags will help you organize your posts. By creating categories according to subject area or a special event, you will be able to quickly sort through the massive amount of posts students put on your Kidblog. If you preset the categories by subject area, you will have fewer issues with typos creating even more categories. Giving them that list ahead of time will cut down on the clutter. However, I do like to have students create their own tags. Reason being that tags can be organized by frequency. The more often a tag is used, the larger the tag becomes in your word list. 

Kidblog.org: Categories and Tags


The Kidblog iOS app provides a great way for students to post and view the blog on their iPad. The functionality of the app streamlines many of the processes that only work well with a PC or Mac computer. This tutorial covers: signing in, posting, and navigating around the site. Students could also watch this video to become familiar with the Kidblog app. 

Kidblog.org: iPad App


Lastly, you will want to consider the expectations you have for Kidblog. Students will need to know the quality that is expected when posting and commenting. Here are a couple of rubrics to consider in order to establish those expectations:

Assignment:
Now that you have created your Kidblog.org blog, please create an account for me and make me into a moderator. Send me an email with the link to your blog, my username, and password. 


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