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Thursday, May 02, 2013

Kidblog provides a safe, and free, online forum for student writing

Here's what's new on eSchool News site today.

Dennis Pierce, Editor writes, "This week’s “Site of the Week” is Kidblog, which provides a safe, and free, online forum for student writing". 

Photo: Kidblog

Site of the Week
Designed by classroom educators, Kidblog is a free website that gives students their own blog. Students can publish posts and participate in academic discussions within a secure classroom blogging community, while teachers maintain complete control over student blogs and user accounts.

“All 141 fifth graders at my school have Kidblog accounts,” says Carol Edwards, an instructional technology specialist in Round Rock, Texas. “The students are blogging about the books they are reading. They are writing for an authentic audience of their peers, and their writing skills are improving. They are learning digital citizenship and the basics of social media use in a protected environment, too".
Kidblog is Different  
"Kidblog is built by teachers, for teachers, so students can get the most out of the writing process. Our mission is to empower teachers to embrace the benefits of the coming digital revolution in education. As students become creators - not just consumers - of information, we recognize the crucial role of teachers as discussion moderators and content curators in the classroom. With Kidblog, teachers monitor and control all activity within their classroom blogging community". 
Source: eSchool News and Kidblog

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