The hoopla over edu-blogs has reached the school where I teach — particularly the Upper School. A team of us has convinced the administration to give each ninth grader their own blog next year (about 70 kids).
Among other things, we hope that these blogs will serve as a kind of student portfolio-cum-journal that can be built up over the course of a full four-year academic career at our school.
Mark Franek, the dean of students in the Upper School as well as an English teacher, has already started a pilot program where he’s asked each of the students in his 11th grade class to start their own blog. A staunch advocate of the educational possibilities of blogs, he’s even written an editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer espousing their use in the classroom.
We’re leaning strongly towards using WordPress MU, but beyond that we really need to hash out the issues and implications of this initiative.
So in a naked attempt to generate some comments, I ask you, O Blogosphere, what pitfalls and dangers do you see ahead of us? Do you have any suggestions, war stories, sage advice?
Further posts will work through some of your comments in more detail.
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