My first foray into class blogging has been attempted, and I hope that breaking all sorts of rules of good pedagogy won’t hamper the effect! In other words, I hope that introducing my class to a new blogging platform with a half hour left before Easter Vacation won’t derail us too much! On the plus side, their topic was to respond to half of a novel that they have largely experienced together as a class, in a “Reader Response” format that we have used several times already this semester. I posted detailed instructions and links in Edmodo, which we have been using all semester, so hopefully they will remember to go there if they get stuck. Hopefully there will be enough ‘knowns’ to balance out the ‘newness’ of the blogging format.
One of my biggest reasons for trying out blogging is to use it as a platform for students to interact with each other’s writing. Here are some great links that I’ll be using ( and this one) to help students with the commenting process.