I slept on my dilemma: to have students share laptops, or to have students write on paper. I decided to let the classes share. It worked out well. The students were able to help one another create their blogs. Of course, they have to finish the work for homework, and I gave them two days to complete the assignment.
Interestingly, I had students complete a survey that asked them if they would be completing the blog at home or the public library. Out of 150 students, only three have said they would need the public library. Our students have the resources at home that we cannot provide at school. This is good news! As for the three without computers or Internet access, I can work with them at school. I can find one computer during their lunch period or study hall.
I wondered if blogging would work, but I already had one student ask if she could write more posts than the required ones! Since I am trying to avoid sarcasm, I refrained from saying, “No! There will be no extra writing and no fun!”
Another teacher is trying the same blogging site and we are collaborating on what is working and what needs improvement. I will keep you posted on what we learn. If you have any experiences, ideas, or questions, I would love to hear from you. Thanks!
- Another Sunday; Another Change in Plans (thefreshmanexperience.com)