I’m in a workshop about using blogs and wikis in the classroom at the moment and just heard a great way to use a blog in the classroom. One of our 6th grade science teachers set up a blog where a zoologist (his fiancée) posted short articles about various animals or topics relating to zoology and his students would read the posts and comment. He talked about how excited the students were to see if the zoologist had responded to their comments. Some students even read, commented and corrected each others’ comments. What a great idea to connect with someone in the field!
My 7th and 8th grade students are getting ready to start emailing penpals in France with ePals. The teacher and I have been trying to think of a common project the students can do. Perhaps we will start a blog or a wiki to collaborate with each other. If anyone out there has done this type of a project with email penpals, I would love to hear about it.
I ran across this link on my resources page and there are some great ideas there! Enjoy!