From the “Courses I Would Love to Teach” Department comes CommWeb Daily, a blog for a class being taught by Chris Lott at University of Alaska Fairbanks. This class materials page has me, well, dreaming. And check out the grading policy:
# Student Blog Writing (500 pts)
# Class Blog Contributions (450 pts)
# Wiki Writing (400 pts)
# Homework/Class Projects (500 pts)
# Participation/Attendance (350 pts)
# Final Project (800 pts)
Seems like it’s working for at least one student, Doug Noon, who has been writing about implementing blogs into his 4th grade classroom. He’s looking at b2evolution, and it sounds like it has some really interesting capabilities.
The best part – and the reason I want to use this with elementary kids – the blog admin can view, edit, and comment on all of the posts before they are viewable to unregistered users. And…that can happen in the aggregator blog so that the teacher doesn’t have to search through all of the blogs to see who has written something. I know that rss feeds can do the same thing, but with this setup I can edit, and comment right from the aggregator. Students can also see the unapproved posts of their classmates, but those posts are protected from public view until the admin clicks on the publish button.