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A while ago, perhaps about a year, I was wondering if anyone had taken up blogging with their students – or, rather, getting their students their own blogs. I was frustrated with the fact that blogger, wordpress, livejournal, and tumblr had all been blocked by the school’s firewall. (Fahrenheit 451 Wall, is more like it. The other day, I was blocked from opening a student’s essay on irony because she had talked about "The Cask of Amontillado" and used to word "kill" in the summary. But that rant is not what this post is about…) Since then, I’ve found Edublogs, which is allowed past the school’s firewall. It’s basically WordPress and, for the most part, was rather difficult for them to figure out. I think we’ve got the hang of it now…
However, after they created their blogs and set up their URLs and got everything together, they looked at me and said "Now what?"
"Um…the air conditioning is broken. Write about how hot it is." I responded…
Because i hadn’t thought that far ahead. And apparently, neither has the internets, because I’ve found many and mucho information about incorporating student blogging into the classroom experience. I already had discussion boards, which the students did regularly, I wanted something that was their own. And, the blogging that I’ve witnessed from other classes looks more like someone took journal assignments and posted them online – but hasn’t had their kids do much more with it. There’s also a student blogging challenge, which appears to be more related to fixin’ up a blog than using blogs in lessons.
So far, I’ve done a few things. I’d decided that, since they’re seniors, on Wednesdays, they will use blogs to explore college essay writing – but then I became afraid that someone might steal their precious work off the ‘nets. (So far, the work hasn’t been precious enough to steal, but, yeah..) I also decided that on Fridays they would link to and talk about a current events issue – however, so far, embedding video on the edublog doesn’t seem to be much of an option.
I have a teacher blog.
My students have student blogs.