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TeacherCast Podcast #32 “KidBlog.org” (@kidblogdotorg, @DanFlies, @ShiraLeibowitz)

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Jeff sits down with the creators of KidBlog.org to talk about their amazing FREE classroom blogging platform.




Topics Covered:

  • Blogging
  • What is KidBlog?
  • What can KidBlog do for the classroom student/teacher?
  • How does KidBlog work?
  • What are the great features of KidBlog?
  • How/Why is KidBlog the safest way to blog on the internet?
  • How do you start your class on KidBlog?
  • How customizable is KidBlog?
  • How do you share your classes with the world through KidBlog?
  • Can you use KidBlog on the iPad/iPhone?
  • What types of Help and Support do you offer for teachers and school districts using KidBlog?
  • Can a teacher really write a curriculum around blogging?
  • Creating and Maintaining a Digital Portfolio throughout the years.
  • How do you assess blogging assignments?
  • How can blogs be used to better communicate with parents and the school community?
  • Advice for helping teachers begin blogging and then helping their students blog
  • How can we protect students privacy online
  • How can we teach our students to comment and be social bloggers
  • How do we teach our students to find a digital audience?
  • What is the difference between a class blog and a student blog?
  • At what age should we begin teaching our students about blogging?
  • What guidelines should we use for blogs as students reach the higher grade levels?
  • How did KidBlog start?
  • How do you balance a teaching career and the promotion of KidBlog?
  • How did you start to grow KidBlog nationally and globally?
  • How many students and classrooms are now using KidBlog?
  • Why should students be blogging?
  • What advantages does a class/school have when their students begin projects such as a class blog?
  • How can we introduce blogging to teachers who aren’t quite adapted to working online with their students.
  • What do we say when asked the question “what do we do if every student doesn’t have a computer in their house?”
  • Where do you see the future of blogging?

Websites and Apps Discussed:

About our Guests:


Matt Hardy has taught 3rd, 4th and 5th grade for eight years in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.  He holds an M.Ed. in elementary education as well as a B.A. in computer science from the University of Minnesota.  This experience provides an ideal blend of programming and pedagogy.  Matt co-founded Kidblog.org in 2007 as a way for his own classroom to publish and discuss their writing in a safe, secure setting.  Since then, Kidblog has become the largest education blogging platform in the U.S.




Dan Flies – Dan has 10 years of experience as an IT professional working with Fortune 500 companies. Dan received his B.A. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota, Morris.



Rabbi Shira Leibowitz, Ph.D. is Lower School Principal at Schechter Westchester in White Plains, New York. Rabbi Leibowitz attended Cornell University, graduating with a B.A. in American Studies Magna Cum Laude and with Distinction in all subjects.  Rabbi Leibowitz was ordained as a rabbi from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and completed a Master of Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Rabbi Leibowitz held a number of positions in education prior to arriving at Schechter Westchester.  She served as Education Director at Camp Ramah in New England and then as Assistant Director of the National Ramah camping movement featuring both day and sleep away camps throughout the United States as well as in Canada and Israel.  She served as Judaic Studies Department Chair and taught both Bible and Rabbinic Literature at the Solomon Schechter High School in Manhattan during the school’s first two years in existence.  Rabbi Leibowitz then served as Associate Principal at The Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union (now the Golda Och Academy). She was promoted to Lower School Principal at The Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union, the position she held immediately prior to becoming Lower School Principal at Schechter Westchester, where she has served since August, 2000.

Rabbi Leibowitz lives in White Plains with her husband, Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski, and their two children.  Rabbi Leibowitz trains in martial arts and has a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. She is a co-moderator on twitter of #educoach, a weekly conversation between prinicipals, educational coaches, and other school leaders about ways of supporting teachers to improve classroom instruction. Rabbi Leibowitz is currently writing on a book about character and values education. She speaks and writes about a wide range of topics in education.

You can follow Shira Leibowitz on twitter at www.twitter.com/shiraleibowitz and on her blog at http://schechterwestchesterlowerschool.wordpress.com/


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