We love KidBlog.org because it offers a safe way for students to blog, allowing teachers to maintain control over posted content. Unfortunately, KidBlog does not have an app for students using iPads in school. However, after doing a little research, I discovered that students can use the WordPress app to publish to KidBlog!
I enjoy using the WordPress iOS app when I am on the go and cannot create blog posts on the web. I can use my iPad or iPhone to moderate comments, create or edit posts and pages, and add images or videos with ease. Now students can do the same! Follow the steps below to learn how your students can blog safely from any iOS device…
1. Go to www.kidblog.org and sign up for a free Teacher account:
2. After signing up with your teacher account, log in and click on Control Panel
3. Click on the Users tab and then Add New Users (Jake shows you how to BULK upload here.)
4. Add a student user
5. Click on Add New User
6. Click on the USERS tab to view the list of student users in your class. NOTE: Sometimes if you use a generic login for students, KidBlog will scramble the ID and you’ll need that ID to log into WordPress. Notice how Student1’s KidBlog ID is actually student1140476. student1140476 is the username that Student1 will use to log into WordPress on the iPad.
7. Click on the Settings tab and then be sure that Enable native publishing via iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone is checked!
Next: Add the Blog to the WordPress App
1. Open the WordPress App and tap “Add Self-Hosted WordPress Blog”
2. Enter the student’s Blog URL, Username and Password.
The URL convention is: http://kidblog.org/YourClassName/author/ID/
3. Create a New Post
4. Add a Photo or Video to the Blog Post
Teachers can continue to moderate comments and posts at KidBlog.org!