Back to Iceland with Kidblog!
I ended my last post by mentioning the potential for great ideas to spread among teachers. It’s happening. Ms. Zambuto and Ms. Carver adventured to Iceland together and while Ms. Zambuto and Mrs. Martin’s students used Google Classroom to “join” their teacher over break, Ms. Carver and Ms. Lawton’s students “joined” theirs through Kidblog. A second grade class was inspired by a third grade class to experience a trip through digital learning and Kidblog allowed for that to happen.
Although Google Classroom worked beautifully for Room 2, Kidblog gave second grade students in Room 1 an opportunity to join their online classroom without logging into Google. When teachers create a class on Kidblog, they are able to assign students usernames and passwords. When students log on, they simply find the username that matches their own through a drop down menu and are then prompted to enter their password.
Just as Ms. Zambuto did for her students, Ms. Carver was able to post pictures and summarize her experiences with text. She even included a video and a plate of food! Students were easily able to get a feel for Iceland and were motivated to learn.
Kidblog also allows for teachers and students to view comments in isolation as well as reply to each other much like the Question feature on Google Classroom.
I am beyond impressed with both classrooms for giving this experience to students. Both Google Classroom and Kidblog are incredible tools allowing for students to extend their learning beyond the walls of their classroom right along with their teacher! Thanks to Rooms 1 and 2! Great job!