Blogger is great tool for elementary-school students and teachers. Students can use the platform to create a year-long portfolio of their work. Teachers can create weekly newsletters or a class blog. Users can add photos of class field trips, video of class presentations or other multimedia elements. The platform includes features that allow teachers to control who can view posts.
Give it a try! If your district has Google Apps for Ed or you have a personal Gmail account, just type in www.blogger.com in the address bar when logged in.
Kyle Brumbaugh is a director of the Professional Learning Network at Krause Center for Innovation in Los Altos Hills, Calif. He has been a teacher, technology coordinator & director, and site administrator. Brumbaugh is an innovator in the use of technology in education, building a Technology Arts department, and developing a “Digital Bridge” program, which provided home Internet access to all ninth-grade students on free and reduced lunch in his school. He also created and implemented professional development programs nationwide. Brumbaugh is one of the original Google Certified Teachers, completing the academy in 2006. His most recent book was “Creating a Google Apps Classroom: An Educator’s Cookbook,” produced by Shell Publishing and co-authored with four other talented Google Certified Teachers. Connect with Brumbaugh via email or follow him on Twitter.
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