After a week of hard work, revising, re-evaluating, and researching the students published their work onto KidBlog.org.
First, they landed on the homepage of KidBlog.org and clicked either on the “Students” button or the “Login” button beneath the words “Create a Class.” If they chose this option, they then had to type in my email address to pull up the directory of all of my KidBlog classes.
Next, they selected their class, either 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th period. The “Orange Class” is my demo class to show them the ins and outs of how to use the KidBlog platform.
The link of their specific class would then take them to the homepage of that class with a listing of all of the most recent posts. From here, each student had to once again click “login” located at the top, right-hand corner of the page.
That link leads to this page where each student then had to choose his or her name from the drop down menu and enter their password.
The final logon page then shows the same master screen with all of the posts published for that class, but shows the student’s name in the top, right-hand corner.
By clicking on “Control Panel,” each can access the dashboard from which they can create and submit their final drafts to begin the portfolio process.
Once the students finished inputting their essays, they then had the opportunity to comment on one another’s work using the “ABC” method:
- Acknowledge something the author said
- Build upon the author’s points with some interesting insight or thought
- Conclude with a critical thinking question or one that arose while reading the essay.
Class-Specific Direct Blog Links:
- 3rd Period: http://kidblog.org/MsWilliamsGreenClass/
- 4th Period: http://kidblog.org/MsWilliamsYellowClass/
- 5th Period: http://kidblog.org/MsWilliamsBlueClass/
- 6th Period: http://kidblog.org/MsWilliamsPurpleClass/
- Read for 30 minutes
- Finish any work not completed in class. Assignments not submitted by 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning will lose 10 points.