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.

17 thoughts on “Blogging in a Primary Classroom–With Only One iPad!

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Hello Kathy! I saw a few of your presentations at Earcos and I’m working hard to implement some of these at my school! I had a question – I’ve downloaded easy blog jr. and I’ve noticed that on your student websites, they can change their post title (and all of them have the same posts). Is that because they have their own ipads or use a different app? We’re trying to create a class one and would love more insight on how to make it easier for teachers to do this via one ipad in the classroom. Will the teacher have to go and rename all of their posts? Is that what you did?

    1. Hi! We do use the Edublogs app because each of the students has their own iPad, but I have used the Easy Blog Jr. app and it does allow you to name your own post. I can change the title of the posts, but I seldom do that.

  8. Hi Cathy,
    I have loved using your website as a spring board for my digital learning with my first graders. Thank you for all of the great resources.
    Last year I only had 1 iPad in my classroom and we used Easy Blogger Jr. Now I have 6 iPads in my classroom. I would like to keep using Easy Blogger Jr. but I am wondering if there is a way to setup accounts for all of my students on one iPad and then it somehow magically transfers to all of the other iPads? Therefore, I do not have to set up accounts for all 25 students on 6 different iPads.Do you know if there is an easy way to do this? If not, no big deal we will find a way to make it work. I tried looking on the Easy Blogger Jr. forums and was not having much luck. I appreciate you taking the time to read this.

    1. Hi Morgan,
      Thanks for your kind words!
      I don’t think there is a way to magically transfer the information. From what I have seen, they have recommended in the past that you assign students to each iPad (so four or five students to each iPad) so that it works most easily.
      I hope that helps. You could ask @Phillip_Cowell directly on Twitter or contact him on his blog
      Good luck!

      1. Thank you so much for your quick response. (And I apologize for the misspelling of your name.) I appreciate the suggestion and that was my next idea, to have the kids assigned to iPads. I have 6 assigned to my room but my school has 22 to share among all classrooms. The logistics of working between our class iPads and school iPads can be tricky sometimes. I will definitely check out the blog you suggested. I am always looking for great resources. Thanks again! :)

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