Article about the importance of student engagement outside the classroom and how blogging can build it. A WordPress blog can build a class community that extends beyond the school doors for lesson reinforcement, group and independent practice, and higher all-round student engagement.
This video demo from an actual class shows how WordPress can become an all-round classroom learning environment. Unlike school Learning Management Systems, running your own classroom WordPress site gives you total control of the data, which makes for easy and even automated assessments and lesson planning management. Upload all your classroom resources into one location and bring your students in for sharing, learning, and practicing your classroom lessons.
Wordpress.com is the free blogging version of the self-hosted WordPress Content Management Systesm (CMS). While WordPress.com is not as powerful or flexible as the self-hosted WordPress CMS, WordPress.com has done a wonderful job in putting together classroom-ready themes and solutions to bring teachers into the .www age. A core benefit to a blog is that you can manage all your resources from that single interface, including announcements, tweets, email, news, and resources.
Good review of the challenges and benefits of assessing blog posts. I would add to the article that a huge benefit of using comments is that they can be exported to a spreadsheet sorted by users, which makes it easy to grade. Additionally, comments can be used by students to grade each other, greatly easing your own grading time and engaging students in higher-order thought and social interactions.