I let my students loose on this blog today. The main purpose was to get them reflecting on the use of mp3 technology and on the excursion itself. You can read their comments here. However, after they had done this, they were really keen to surf around the rest of the site, adding comments here and there.
In addition, they loved watching the short movie about the day with my rambling commentary, with one even putting it onto her mp3 player to watch at home. Others of my students from last term have found podcasts on the net and are pretty excited about it.
I’m not really excited about student blogging. I suppose that stems from the lack of access to computers that our students have; like small children, blogs need constant attention in order to thrive. Our school community just can’t support that kind of access. Blogs simply become a novel way to present content, not a new way to create and publish.