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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

    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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  • Katie Jester says:

    This is definitely something I will have to remember. Because of where I live, it is very likely that I will be teaching in a classroom that has very few pieces of any electronics like an iPad in the classroom (if any). I will have to keep these options in mind for when I have my own classroom for use of my students.

    Katie Jester’s EDM 310 Blog

    November 27, 2014 at 3:06 pm
  • Heidi Samuelson says:

    Thanks for this informative article. We decided to go with KidBlogs and the students are absolutely fascinated by what they can do! We enjoyed learning more about Mystery Skyping a Number with you this week and look forward to learning more about technology as we traverse the rest of the year!

    December 13, 2014 at 1:17 pm
  • Jennifer says:

    Hey Kathy,
    I am so amazed by this article! As a future educator I dream of having a classroom with an abundance of Ipads and other technology. But I also realize that this may not happen, and I will have to improvise. I am currently taking a class based on how to incorporate technology in the classroom. I have decided that I definitely want to establish a class blog and have my students blogging actively. Excited to know that there are ways to do that with out access to a lot of Ipads. Thank you for the helpful information.

    March 10, 2015 at 1:22 pm
  • Rebecca Hoffman says:

    I recently created my first website and would like to add Blogs. My concern was how to accomplish this with a kindergarten class. Your site gives useful information on blogging in primary grades, even with a limited number of technological devices. The step by step directions in using Edublogs, with the Easy Blog Jr application seems achievable even for a novice. I look forward to implementing this in my classroom and on my website. Thank you for the useful information.

    March 29, 2015 at 2:37 pm
    • Kathy Cassidy says:

      So great to hear it helped, Rebecca! Good luck in your blogging journey.

      March 29, 2015 at 6:25 pm

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