Should you have your students blog?
Could you have your students blog?
Yes. And yes.
Here’s a site where professors discuss blogging the classroom
- The tool (computer and internet) keeps students engaged
- Free (if you have internet access)
- Easy to use and set up. You (yes, you) can set up a blog, add content, and monitor the comments.
- Students can continue discussion outside of class. Make it a homework assignment(!): “Please post one thoughtful response to this week’s topic -or- to a classmate’s response”.
- Can you think of any?
WordPress even has special blogs just for education. The only difference is the domain name, but still. It’s a nice gesture.
Here are my class pages… built with blogs. I can update and monitor them from any computer connected to the internet–I don’t have to rebuild an HTML page, log into a server, and upload my new page.