Saturday, October 25, 2008

Encouraging student blogging

I have started blogging in my classes which is very exciting but very "schooly" as well. It is a start.

What I do like to see is students becoming empowered to take something reserved for school into an activity pursued out of school for their own learning and enjoyment. One of my current students and a former student have a wiki they use to write outside of school. They have made many friendships around the world and have had others submit stories to be published there.

I also encouraged them to start blogging about new stories that are posted on the wiki. I hope you will take a look at their blog and also visit their wiki. They would appreciate stopping to take a look.

Do you have students who write outside of school on their own time? If so, share them here!

If you have students blogging, do you have a class blog or one for each student?


  1. I love the idea, and will be lifting all kinds of things from you, but I plan to keep the blogs private.

    I hope that the private class blogs and wiki encourage the kids to explore the online world with their own, but posting their words through a public school assignment won't fly in our department. Even if it were permissible, I'd likely not post anything publicly. The words will still float around long after they're past being kids.

    I'd be mortified by some of the things I said back in 1973, when I was a freshman in junior high school.

  2. That sounds like a great way to start. I am finding every experience an opportunity to learn. We discuss much about etiquette and writing though I know they are not experts. They need to learn. It would be great if I can find a way to assess a change in that respect. Off to think some more.