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Creating class connections

Connecting with other Kidblog classes provides your students with an authentic audience. Kidblog provides an easy way to locate active classes around the globe from right in your class settings. Whether you are brand new to Kidblog, or have been using the platform for years, we make it possible for you to connect with a variety of classes - classes that we believe may be a great fit for you and your students.

Kidblog does the searching for you

All connections are managed from your class Connections page. 

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  • Actively publishing for the Public audience
  • Connecting with other Kidblog classes.

Once your students begin publishing in your class, Kidblog will locate classes that are publishing on similar topics and ideas. These classes will also appear on your suggested connections list. Kidblog also takes into consideration second-degree connections. Make a great connection with a class? We suggest you connect with that class' existing connections, as well.

Keep in mind, the more your students publish for the Public audience, the more your class will appear on other classes' Suggested Connections lists.

Step-by-step: Making a connection

Find a class to which you want to connect?

1) Make sure you are logged into Kidblog. Then, visit the URL of the Kidblog class to which you want to connect. Click the "Follow" button to request access for your class (all users) to view their posts published for the audience Connections. As part of the request, add a quick note to the teacher explaining who you and your students are and your blogging goals.

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2)  Once your follow request has been accepted, you and your students will be followers of the class. If the teacher requests to follow you back, your two classes will be connected to one another.

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3) Connected classes that you are following will appear in the right sidebar of your class page. Your students can click on classes you are connected to read and comment on posts published to Connections or Public.

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4)  Keep in mind, your connected classrooms are only able to view student posts when they are published to either Connections or Public. To allow your students to publish work for these audiences, you will need to set the Post Privacy to include these audiences.

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Another great way to connect with classrooms

Kidblog has an active community on Twitter. To find additional classes to connect with, search Twitter for "Kidblog Connections" or "kidblog.org/class," then follow the above steps to make a connection.

 

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