Do you know Robert Fulghum's poem, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten"? If not, you really need to read it. If so, you may remember that "Share Everything" is at the top of the list of essential life skills according to Fulghum.
Well, I'm really glad my colleagues were paying attention back in the early days of their school careers. It's great to work in a school where teachers are willing to share their knowledge and expertise. Recently, a colleague sought me out to share her latest technology "treasure" with me. My friend Hayley and I share a love of children's literature and a passion for encouraging that same love in our students. We're also both big proponents of educational technology, so Hayley knew I'd be interested in Kidblog.org when she came across the site.
As soon as Hayley started telling me about this classroom blogging site and how she was going to use it to usher her students' reading logs into the digital age, I knew it was something I was going to want to try with my own students.
Kidblog.org is easy to set up and administer. I had all my students' user accounts set up in ten minutes, and it took less than an hour to familiarize myself with all of the options available on the site. Kidblog.org is my kind of site - simple and free.
Next, I chose a background theme I liked and posted my first blog entry. It is the prompt I want my students to respond to in their first blog entries this week. Here it is: