In a digital age, students have the right to expect their ideas, thoughts and products to be published for a wider audience.
Edublogs (my top pick) has an extensive help section. Check out what other bloggers are doing. Also check out this page that has some great blog examples part way down. Primary teachers, check out the Easy Blog Jr app.
Classroom blogs (with student blogs) by grade:
Options for Blog Writing
Get involved with a community of bloggers. Try the primary blogging community (watch Mrs. Wideen’s blog for a new community starting up). A new option for connecting is S2SBlogConnect. You can also use the hashtag #comments4kids on Twitter to ask/give comments.
Twitter becomes what you and your class make it to be. Whatever that is, it involves writing.
Twitter examples by grade level:
- Grade one, first grade
- Grade two
- Grade three, grade 3, third grade
- Grade four, grade 4/5
- Grade five
Authors and Illustrators on Twitter – tweet your favourite author!
A more private alternative to Twitter is Today’s Meet. It works well for writing responses to reading, sharing opinions etc.
Book Creator – an app that allows for the creation of eBooks that can be shared as videos or in iBooks.
- Write books with sound
- Books without sound
- Procedural writing
- This spider book was created in book creator and then recorded in iMovie.
- make comics!
- Student-made books published as iBooks
On a PC
Storybird – an online application that provides high quality illustrations for students to use to write digital books.
- Use to write picture books – young student example , older student examples
- Write chapter books
- Writing about math problems
- Allows collaborative writing.
- For a fee, created books can be printed in hard or soft cover.
Pics4Learning – Automatically produces citation and all are classroom appropriate.
Pixabay – Copyright free images (but ANY word is searchable).
Kid-friendly Search Engines
Kiddle – Visual search engine for kids
KidRex – Safe search for kids