Although I have personally blogged for over 10 year on multiple platforms (EduBlogs, WordPress, KidBlog, Blogger and this Weebly blog), this year I am determined to take the next step - to set up a classroom blog.
Each year, our 5th graders keep a "Rainforest Journal" where they record their learning during a major project about the Rainforest. I proposed to the 5th grade teacher leader that we collaborate on the project, with me teaching the students how to use a blog for their Rainforest Journal.
As an elementary librarian in the Rochester City School District, I enjoy integrating technology into my lesson plans to increase student engagement and teach twenty-first century skills.
I have used several platforms in the past:
So this year I decided to try Weebly (a new platform for me) to record my 2015-2016 Cool Tools for School Journey.
As always, it has been a bit frustrating to learn a new platform and tempting to go back to the familiar and comfortable. However, I am also interested in comparing blogging options because I need to find a good platform for displaying eBooks created by the 3rd-6th grade students in library class using Google slides and then downloaded as a PDF.
I compared EduBlogs, KidBlog, and Blackboard Schoolwires (the platform the Rochester City School District provides and which I am currently using for my library website). This is what I found: