Student bloggers: to monitor or not to monitor...
Topic: Leadership Issues
Karen Fasimpaur has posted a question asking whether or not all student blogging should be moderated. I think she's asking about use of private blogs that are hosted in house and not available for public viewing.
I'm going to respond to that and then ask another question. But first, private blogs...
I do believe that educators can make productive use of private blogs when they are being used as a sort of 'sandbox' to help students learn about blogging in public. I'm not sure that I can get too worked up about whether or not these are 'real' blogs because if anyone else is reading the posts (including teachers, fellow students, parents) there is an audience beyond the individual writer. That's the point, right? And, most 'real' blogs have a very limited reading audience.
Educators should not stop there, however. At some point (I don't know if this is an age or grade level issue), kids should have the opportunity to post their ideas in public blogs. For example, look at the benefits reaped by Eric Langhorst's students during the Guerilla Season blog project each year. That wouldn't happen in a walled off environment.
Now for the next unasked question. Should student posts be moderated before being made public? I think so, but I know a lot of educators who believe this is an infringement of students' free speech rights. What do you think?
Posted by sjbrooks_young
at 10:39 AM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 8 October 2008 10:55 AM PDT