Resource Introduction: Kidblog

Check out Kidblog, a safe and simple blog and discussion platform that will bring your kids into the conversations of the digital age. It’s the best way to manage discussions outside of your room as well!


What is it?

First of all, Kidblog is exactly what it sounds like, a blog site. That means users log in to post their own content that other members can read and discuss. But, this blog comes with simple tools to safely manage a classroom environment. Users are invited through passwords or registration codes that you select, they make posts that you approve, and the system even attaches parent access to each student so the parent can observe. The more you explore this blogging platform, the more you will see that it was designed with teacher concerns in mind. And, the interactivity is simple and engaging enough for users from intermediate to secondary levels.

How can I use it?

Think about using this to connect your students in collaborative work groups. But, more than that, think about using it to connect to learners and teachers outside of your classroom. How about connecting your students to experts outside your classroom? How about connecting your students to students in other buildings to collaborate and share? Kidblog also offers excellent tools for students to display content in a portfolio approach or groups to display project work without the messy process of open website design. The resource is flexible for a number of tasks, but it shines best when you use it to connect your students to resources outside of your class.

Are you or someone you know using this? Notify us, and we’ll post your or their name here as a building expert! Email to aclarkson@sylvaniaschools.org.


Check out this instructional tutorial by Aaron Maurer to walk you through the process of logging in students.  Then, check out the links below the video for more information.


Resource Links

Kidblog Site

Kidblog Support

TeacherCast’s Page of Video Tutorials on Kidblog

Educator Review of Kidblog

Resource Introduction: Remind

Few digital tools are as loved by students and parents as Remind. Find out why when you easily set up a class for one-way text updates!


What is it?

Remind is a communication tool designed specifically for teachers to communicate safely and easily with students.  Through this service, a teacher can create a class that students and parents join online.  Then, the teachers posts a tweet-esque announcement.  Each member of the class receives the message via text message.  The service also provides options like attachments and chat, but the basic functions already provide a wealth of solutions to the challenge of modern communication.

How can I use it?

You can use Remind to notify students and parents of assignments, remind them of special events, or notify them of changes to your schedule.  Using this service is much better than traditional methods because the message finds the student or parent instantly.  You can use it as a regular method of updating parents and students on everything going on in your classroom, feeling confident that they have gotten the message.

Who’s using it?

Check out these teachers that know and use Remind in your school. Ask them for help!

At Timberstone, Lauren Clark, Keith Duhaime, Katie Gladieux, Kim Hanson, Kelly Heil, Jennifer Kasee, and Chris Harrington

At Arbor Hills, Sarah Godwin, Anna Drake, Alyssa Gottschalk, Jamie Holley, Dawn Koehl, Carolyn Woodward, Heather Musgrove, Angie Robinson, Tony Cutway, and Karma Vince

At McCord, Brian Mitchell, Brit Bensman, Kate Finlayson, Leslie Gill, Mark Hollyday, Kay Holt, Janelle Low, Holly Nartker, Susan Oleshansky, Marla Pawlowicz, Connie Root, Kelley Schaaf, Terry Shadle, and Josh Stedcke

At Southview, Katy Creecy, Jay Euler, Brian Fritz, Dan Greenberg, Ali Knowles, Michelle Krueger, Chris Lucius, April McGough, Brad Oatman, Rachel Schoch,Brandi Shepard, Lisa Sobb, Holly Yenrick, Shelley Bielak, and Melissa Tusing

At Northview, Tami Blue, Ryan Creech, Claudia Fischer, Mallory Gebers, Perry Lefevre, Deanna McAlees, Darla Omey, Sarah Rhine, Bethann Seifert, Don Wachowiak, Paula Werner, George France, Karolynn Nowak, and John Word

At Central Trail, Christina Renz

At Highland, Kyle Newnham, Megan Mitchell, and Kayla Wiemers

At Stranahan, Amanda Sanderson

Are you or someone you know using this? Notify us, and we’ll post your or their name here as a building expert! Email to aclarkson@sylvaniaschools.org.


Check out this short video by Remind’s designers on how to add a class.  Then, check out their YouTube channel for a wealth of simple and short instructional videos on different applications.


Resource Links

Remind’s Home Page

Ditch That Textbook: “20 Great Ways to Text Students with Remind 101”

Education World: “Tech in the Classroom: Remind 101”

PD Session: Google-Charging Your Classroom

Join us for a session on the development of a digital classroom for the 21st Century. Walk away with a ready-to-use digital classroom in order to effectively communicate with students.

Part of Sylvania’s 2015 Summer PD Series

Presented by Lauren Clark and Alexander Clarkson

Scheduled for Presentation on September 24, 2015 at 8:00 AM at the Southview media center


From the ad: “Join us for a session on the development of a digital classroom for the 21st Century. Walk away with a ready-to-use digital classroom in order to effectively communicate with students. Learn how to post and grade assignments, send announcements, and build interactive discussions! This session is designed for any teacher.”

In this session, teachers will first learn what Google Classroom is. Then,the presenter will help them create their own class and perform the basic functions of making announcements, posting assignments, grading assignments, posting a variety of content, communicating, and customizing the design. Teachers will leave with a classroom they can use immediately and ideas for extending its use.


Couldn’t make the session?  Check out this video from full instructional video on the setting up Google Classroom!


Session Materials

Session Agenda

Lauren Clark’s Google Slides Presentation

SDL Resource Introduction to Google Classroom

Previewing a New Classroom” by Google (Video 1:42)

Classroom 101″ by Google (Video 2:18)

PD Session: Classroom Communication in the 21st Century

Join us to learn how to communicate assignments, announcements, grades, and more through tools that will bring your class into every inbox and cell phone.

Part of Sylvania’s 2015 Summer PD Series

Presented by Alexander Clarkson

Last presented on June 24, 2015


Join us to learn how to communicate assignments, announcements, grades, and more through tools that will bring your class into every inbox and cell phone.  This session is designed for any teacher.


Couldn’t make the session?  Check out this video introduction of Remind, one of the most popular tools discussed in this session.  Whet your appetite with this and then check out the other resources below!


Session Materials

Alex Clarkson’s Google Slides Presentation

Remind YouTube Channel

Website for Yet Another Mail Merge

“Create a Mail Merge with Gmail and Google Drive 2014” (Video 5:42)

Previewing a New Classroom” by Google (Video 1:42)

Classroom 101″ by Google (Video 2:18)