I want to start blogging with my students and I’m trying to find a good tool too use. This year, I’ll only be blogging with around 20 students, but next year I want to expand it to all 90 students.
- Teach focus and elaboration by having student gear their blog around a specific subject/audience and making each entry interesting (as opposed to my latest blog entries).
- Encourage voice by having students make editorial and content decision (within reason).
- Show writing growth.
- Teach how to respond to writing through polite and appropriate comments.
- Must be completely monitored-both student posts and comments.
- Must be able to be made private.
- Must be able to make separate student accounts without using student email address.
- Must be easy for students to use.
- Must be easy for me to grade.
- Pros: No personal info required, free, looks easy to use, all users able to see all new posts on sign-in screen.
- Cons: Called Kidblog – M.S. kids hate being called kids, immature template look, no individuality.
- Pros: Can individualize blogs, creates easy hub for class blogs and information.
- Cons: Limited to only ten free blogs, costs (8.95/month) for additional blogs, students need to give email address.
- Gaggle offers no easy free solution any more, but gives a phone number for their ad-based one. Not sure if I want ads on student blogs if there is another solution.
- Pros: Offers helpful videos on YouTube,
- Cons: Hard to navigate, small text makes it hard to read, school pass code required (but easy to get once you figure it out), address for students is long and complicated, not easy to use at all.
- Pros: Student blogs can be individualized, teacher has complete control over blogs, most like a “real” blog.
- Cons: Fee for class accounts (from 3.33 per month), no central hub for class.
At the moment, I think I’m between Kidblog and Edublogs.