Yesterday, the local MEGA group held a showcase event where they invited a fairly large group of people to come and showcase some of their projects. The were a number of vendors there, but it was mostly schools, who brought posters and computer samples of their local projects. cccc
I demonstrated Class Blogmeister, though I actually promoted ePals' and Gaggle's blogging tools. A couple of hours before the event, I sent a request out through the Class Blogmeister mailing list asking for any blurbs that Blogmeister teachers might share as to their students' use of blogging. So here are the ones that came back almost immediately, with very very minor edits.
Even when they're out sick, students work on their blogs.
I've got 6th graders coming in during their lunch and after school to add articles to their blog and to respond to their classmates' articles
My students are floored when, as they say, "some random person from Texas commented on my blog!!" The students are getting real world experience with writing.
Why would my students want to write on paper for their teacher to see, when they could write on their blog for the whole world to see.
In fifteen years of teaching, I have never seen anything come along even CLOSE to motivating students to write - like blogging does.
For your edification!