I offered to present to the PLP Year 2 participants and was accepted to present on student blogging. This is a topic that has interested me in both a tools perspective as well as a pedagogical one. I have seen student blogging done very well and I have seen it done not so well. My aim here is to identify both potential tool-based issues and considerations as well as to consider the pedagogical implications.
The first question to ask is what the purpose is when blogging. I posit that there are a variety of purposes for blogging.
1. Teacher-centered blog for communcation with students and families
2. Teacher-centered blog for communcation with other educators
3. Student-centered blog for communication with teacher and/or classmates
4. Student-centered blog for communcation with wider audience
I suppose that is not an exhaustive list but will serve us for the purposes of this discussion.
So once you decide what sort of blog you want to begin, you can begin looking at tools.Â We will focus on student blogging here, as it has a different set of implications requiring a more specific tool.
Here are the specific tools that I think are suited for student blogging, with each having certain benefits and drawbacks.
3. WordPress.com – see features here.
4. 21classes.com – see features here.
6. WordPress Multi-User (must be installed on a server)
7. Kidblog.org – a heavily customized WPMU install. Hands down my pick.
What do you think about these tools?