Why blog? It provides students with a platform. (They were now publishing writing to share... much more purposeful than publishing writing to turn in for me - their teacher - to read, assess, and return.) It provides students with a real audience. (Anyone in the world could now read their writing, and we received comments from students all across the United States.) It provides students with an experience. (Students were using a digital tool that allowed them to be "connected" as well as have a creative outlet for new options such as customizing their personal blog page). Another words, why not?
When I was looking into setting up the blog, I discovered many different platforms. I chose Kidblog (http://kidblog.org) and absolutely love it for various reasons. A few of Kidblog's highlights include:
- It's free (and doesn't have ads)
- It's designed for teachers to use with students (yet students don't need an e-mail address)
- It's safe (with teachers having control over accounts, moderating blog posts, and allowing comments)
- It's simple (while using WordPress software)
Blogging not only allows classrooms to share writing; blogs allow you and your students to share various types of media: pictures, videos, audio. Try it out. Students love it, and you'll probably discover that you do too.