6 Tools for Student Blogging

#EduDuctTape Question

This image shows the Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset book cover as well as a 2nd book open to a page inside of the book

This is another in a series of posts based on content from my new book Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset. Within the book, most chapters feature a question that a teacher might ask along with a few educational technology tools that I believe might be the right answer.

This question – How can my students blog about their learning and growth? – comes from Chapter 5 of the book. Having never done blogging in my classroom, this one required extensive research on my part.

After putting in that time to research it, the best next step that I can think of is to share my findings with you! The infographic below features the 6 tools that fared the best in my research. There are a handful of other tools that I mention as alternatives within the chapter, but these are the 6 that I consider the best choices for most educators and cover in greater detail within the book.

How can my students blog about their learning and growth?

This image features the #EduDuctTape Question from Chapter 5 of my book. It shows a picture of the Educational Duct Tape book cover, a boy typing on a laptop, and a collection of books, along with logos for the apps that are included. The text states "How can my students blog about their learning and growth? Blogger - This tool has less “teacher features,” but using a Google Workspace for Edu tool is a plus. Edublogs - Teachers get lots of control and an efficient interface with this WordPress-based tool. Write About - This paid-only tool lets you assign prompts and provide audio or text feedback. Fanschool (Kidblog) - Paid-only tool adds Google Drive embeds & connections with other classes. Weebly - This tool enables blogging and webpage-creation, offering twice the potential. Gimkit Ink - New option offers lots of creative freedom and multiple publishing options."
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John Dewey told us that “We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.” If we want our students to reflect on their experiences, blogging might be the best way to encourage it. In Chapter 5 of the book Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset I cover these 6 blogging tools in detail. This infographic provides an overview of those tools.

Check out the image to learn a bit about 6 of my favorite tech tools for this – Blogger, Edublogs, Write About, Fanschool, Weebly, and Gimkit Ink. Plus, grab your free PDF version of this infographic by signing up for my newsletter. And, bonus, if I change my recommendations or add tools to the infographic later, you’ll get an update in your inbox!



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Jake Miller

Jake is the host of the Educational Duct Tape podcast, the #EduGIF Guy, a Tech Integration Coach, speaker, Former STEM, Math & Science Teacher, and a presenter.