Happy Sunday! I wanted to post and share a resource that I have used in the past but just recently started up with my current group. It is a website that allows you to set up a class blog and interact with the students and allow them to interact. The site I use is called Kidblog and you can sign up and read more about it here. Note: I am editing this post to note that this site is no longer free as of fall 2015.
I set all of my students up and then we were ready to roll. I posted a simple post to get them started (and for me to assess their technology writing skills). Here is the post I started with:
I can easily read (from the comfort of my home and without a stack of papers) what they are reading and a little bit about it. Eventually, I plan to have them write their entire reader’s response letter as a blog post. I will even pair them up with another student and they will be start an ongoing dialogue in response to each other’s letters. I am very excited about this prospect of this!
After they finished the simple task above, I had them create a new post so I could assess their knowledge of idioms (a skill we had recently learned). I had them title the post Idioms. Then in the body of the post they were to define idioms and give me two examples with their meanings.
Here are a few of the posts:
I plan to use this tool to informally assess my students’ knowledge and their ability to respond to literature. As you can see from the Idiom post, I can easily read and determine if my students have mastered the skill of identifying, naming, and defining idioms. This will be a great tool to drive instruction!
Engaging and able to assess student knowledge from it?! Win-Win!!
Any websites you use and love that are engaging for the students?
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