Using blogs with students is still a hot topic.
Sue Waters posted this earlier in the year. It is a guest post by Kathleen McGeady.
Students needed to be skilled to make contributions to class blogs. Providing guidelines or scaffolds to ensure that student comments are of good quality is a starting point that will contribute much to student literacy development.
Blogging in class is about literacy and learning.
Particularly, at the secondary level, if students are to learn (content and skills) from having their own blogs, then the process needs to be scaffolded by each teacher to suit the learning outcomes of individual subjects or key learning areas.
A model reflecting the types of texts that students need to succeed in each subject will ensure maximum improvements in reading and writing skills.