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A grade one teacher inviting the world into her classroom

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Blogging in a Primary Classroom–With Only One iPad!

Many primary teachers who only have access to one iPad in their classroom assume that there is very little they can do to make that iPad useful for an entire class.  A few weeks ago, I blogged about the way I would do the “listen to reading” option of the Daily Five in a one iPad classroom. Today, I want to share some options for blogging with only one iPad.

Blogging with one iPad is possible with several apps, including the Edublogs and Kidblog apps, which allow multiple users. With Edublogs, all of the users can be logged in on one app. Kidblog also allows this with students just typing in their password each time. These options are definitely doable, but a couple of newer apps make the process even easier, especially for young children.

The Easy App Company has created Easy Blogger Jr. and Easy Blog Jr. The former works with Blogger blogs and the latter works with Edublogs.

Because Easy Blogger Jr. works with Blogger, the blog itself is free. You just have to pay for the app. And because setting up a blog seems daunting to some people, the creators of the app will even set up a blog FOR you. Once you have the blog set up, you just need to add your students’ names and pictures to the app so that they can begin to post.

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I made a practice blog to try this out and discovered that if I gave each student the “label” of their own first name, their name would appear along the side of the blog. While all the student’s posts appear in order of posting on the main blog, clicking on a student’s name on the right brings you to all of the posts that that child has written.

 

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The best part of the app is that even young students can use this app independently. They just touch their own picture…

 

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…and then confirm who they are. Notice that every page has an icon which, when tapped, will read the words aloud to the child.

 

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Students have a choice about what they will post.

 

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If a student chooses a photo, he can even record his or her voice talking about the photo, making the photo into a screencast or video. Just think of the possibilities this holds for young pre-writers to share the things they create!

 

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If you use (or would like to use) Edublogs, the Easy Blog Jr app works just the same, but works with the Edublogs platform instead.

Your students will all be blogging using only one iPad. Such a great way for young children to share their learning with the world!

Full disclosure: The creators of Easy Blog Jr and Easy Blogger Jr gave me a copy of the apps to try.

Category: Blogging, One iPad
  • Kelly says:

    Kathy – we love what you are doing and would love to get you a Gripcase for that one iPad. Email me. :)

    November 12, 2014 at 6:52 pm
  • Scott Rosenkranz says:

    We designed our app, Oncore, around the one iPad classroom. Teachers can eliminate a lot of papers and increase productivity with mobile technology. Sadly, there are few apps that focus on instruction. Ours does. To see my project visit oncoreeducation.com

    November 15, 2014 at 9:04 am
  • Matt Renwick says:

    Kathy, you continue to take the excellent work you already do with your students to the next level. This post is a perfect tutorial for any teacher trying to make technology work in their classrooms with limited access. I plan on sharing this with my staff.

    November 19, 2014 at 8:26 pm
    • Kathy Cassidy says:

      Thanks, Matt! I do think it is a great app for primary students.

      November 20, 2014 at 7:56 pm

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