Getting Started with Kidblog


Setting up the Kidblog and developing an introductory lesson was the first part of the interactive novel study. The main goal for an Interactive Novel Study is to provide opportunities to use technology to demonstrate knowledge and skills. The following details will show the Kidblog classroom set up for the seventh and eighth-grade novel studies. Set up will include determining categories and developing a layout that coincides with the theme of the novel. A follow-up Interactive Novel Study Blog posting will detail out how to use the first classroom posting to tie the students directly to the novel content while establishing background knowledge: The Pigman Part One or Touching Spirit Bear Part One.

Teacher View Dashboard
Teacher View Dashboard: keeps classes and units of study organized, view active and archived blog spaces, use archived blogs to set up novel studies for new classes.                                           Student Dashboard View is very similar to teacher view.

The ease of setting up individual blogs for each class and signing up students is the first part of a successful classroom blog.

General Settings
View of General Settings

Kidblog is an effective and easy to use blog for teachers and students. In addition, there are features that provide options for controlling content and access.

Privacy Settings
Moderate public and private settings, approve postings/comments and outside connections

 


Seventh Grade Interactive Novel Study

The Pigman by Paul Zindel

Selecting the theme for the blog background for The Pigman was based on the novel taking place in a New York suburb.

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Seventh Grade The Pigman Interactive Novel Study: Public Home Page Blog View

7thgradekidstudentview
The Pigman Interactive Novel Study Blog Home Page

See The Pigman Part One for details on setting up the Introduction Post for students


Navigation Resources

Links can be added to the side column to allow students easy navigation through Blog Categories, Outside resources needed for the novel study or additional course curriculum, and active members list. Students often enjoy looking at the Blog statistics and views.


Eighth Grade Interactive Novel Study

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

Selecting the theme for the blog background for Touching Spirit Bear was based on the novel taking place in Alaska.

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Eighth Grade Touching Spirit Bear Interactive Novel Study: Public Home Page View
8thgradekidstudentview
Touching Spirit Bear Interactive Novel Study Blog Home Page

See Touching Spirit Bear Part One for details on setting up the Introduction Post for students

 


Setting Up Categories

Managing Categories is set the same no matter what novel is being read. Categories are selected to allow for easy tracking of students’ postings or comments. For the Interactive Novel Study, the teacher creates the posting and students create replies under the various headings. This keeps the blog space clean and less cluttered.

Tracking Individual Responses
Detailed view of a sort by individual student postings or comments for assessment
Tracking Individual Responses Option 2
List view of a sort by individual student posting or comments for assessment

Setting Up Categories

Managing Categories is set the same no matter what novel is being read. Categories are Categoriesselected to allow for easy tracking of students’ postings or comments. For the Interactive Novel Study, the teacher creates the posting and students create replies under the various headings. This keeps the blog space clean and less cluttered.

CATEGORIES: InteractiveNovelStudy, Getting Started, Daily Reading Responses, Novel Chapters, Questions for Mrs. K, and Free Blog Space

  1. InteractiveNovelStudy: Is the only public posting area that is used. This category provides information about the active novel study and direct parents to resources.

    8thgradePublicPosting
    Public Posting Message
  2. Getting Started: This is for the first few posting that starts the novel study.Intended to establish connections to themes, content, and practice using a blog.
  3. Daily Reading Responses: Teacher created postings that are used to stimulate a dialogue about daily readings. This category is also used to maintain a connection with the novel and as an assessment tool.
  4. Novel Chapters: PDF files are added to a posting through Google Drive as the chapter is read in class. Having the chapters readily available in the blog provides students with the opportunity to refer to the text when commenting on blog posts. In addition, students who miss class can read the daily reading and keep up with the novel study. Having only the chapters read, not only prevents students from reading ahead and keeps everyone together, it eliminates excuses for not being able to participate without a book.
    Chapter View
    PDF files from Google Drive can be uploaded, with the option to view in full screen

  5. Questions for Mrs. K: is an open space where students can ask the teacher questions as needed.
  6. Free Blog Space: This Space is open to students. The teacher does not play an active role in this area. Students thoughts and ideas about topics that they are interested. Students are encouraged to have conversations about things that they find interesting and want to talk about.

Free Blog Space

Follow the Interactive Novel Study on Twitter #interactivenovelstudy @EverydayLA. Watch this Blog Space to follow the process as we move through our first Interactive Novel Study with the seventh and eighth-grade students!

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