“I’m excited about the use of the technology and watching the kids improve on their skills,” she said.
Lori Pierret has introduced her second-graders to Kidblog.org, and parents and classmates can read their entries.
Doherty said the blog has inspired the kids get excited about writing. One student wasn’t a big fan of the craft, but he wrote a title to a blog with the words “missing backpack.” So Doherty responded to it, asking the boy what was the deal with the backpack? Who took it?
“He got all pumped up and he started writing,” Doherty said, adding that it’s been fun to see how much an 8-year-old can find to write about. “I’m hooked on ’em right now.”
Pierret is working on teaching the students about “digital citizenship,” spending time discussing good and bad posting ideas on the blog.
“We also practice writing helpful and complimentary comments,” she said in an email. “This has been a very motivating experience. Giving our writing an authentic audience and receiving feedback supports a high level of learning.”
Doherty said St. Peter schools will continue boosting digital learning, especially with the Saints Digital Learning Initiative passed recently by the School Board. In September, all ninth-graders will be issued their own iPad Mini, and all other grades will have carts of iPads to share.