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Student Blogging

posted Jan 16, 2017, 10:42 AM by Jim Windisch
Giving students a real audience for their writing is a powerful thing. Since my students began writing book reviews on our classroom blog two years ago, they have received feedback from commenters around the world. It's a cause for celebration each time a student notices a new comment from out of the area. Knowing that anyone could be out there reading their work inspires my students to do their best and reach for a higher level of excellence with each post.

Seeing the power of student blogging inspired me to begin the Idaho Kids Vote Book Award. I hope to bring the transformative power of connecting to more students in Idaho, and give them the chance to see the great thinking that goes on in schools all over our state.

This year I began using Write About as my digital writing platform. I liked the way that it used interest groups to build connections and allowed teachers to create and share writing ideas and prompts. One of the first things I did after joining was create a group for the Idaho Kids Vote Book Award. Our project caught the eye of one of their founders, Brad Wilson, and he offered teachers participating in the Idaho Kids Vote Book Award a 25% discount. If you're interested, please sign up for the Idaho Kids Vote Book Award.

As our project builds I hope that your students will blog their reflections and reviews of the nominated books. If you have a class blog featuring the Idaho Kids Vote Book Award let me know in the comments and I'll build a blogroll on this site. If you don't have a class blog but have students writing reviews and reflections, contact me at info@KidsVoteAward.org and we'll work together to find a way we can feature their work here.

Hopefully we'll be able to share some terrific student work in the Write About group and on this site soon!