The school I’m student teaching at is going to a 1:1 initiative this spring semester and I’m extremely excited to be working with this opportunity. When I was in high school, one teacher had us keep blogs. Most of our posts were responses to our readings and answers to questions the teacher assigned. I’m dying to use blogs in my classes this semester.
I know I’m sacrificing the literal written word for laptop usage, but if they can post from anywhere at anytime, I think they might be a little more willing to actually write and share their thoughts and ideas. My only problem is that I can’t decide which blogging platform to use. We used blogspot when I was in high school, but I haven’t used it since then, so I don’t know very much about it anymore. Tumblr would be ideal—the ease of following, liking, responding—but I think it would be far too easy for them to find inappropriate material on here and I’m sure the school wouldn’t be cool with that.
I’m just going to have to some extensive research on the different sites, I suppose.
I totally think tumblr would be perfect for this. Great opportunity to read each other’s work and do some peer-editting, keep track of assignments, students to comment on each other’s work, plus you could reblog anything you wanted to share with the whole class on your page!