55:33 minutes (12.71 MB)
Join us, as we talk about elementary student blogging with our guest Jan Smith, a sixth grade teachers in British Columbia, Huzzah! http://huzzah.edublogs.org/ She started with a strictly controled class blog, but found that it lacked conversational give and take. She started again with an edublogs account, and this time she encouraged a more "conversational" approach both in student's writing, giving them a voice, and how they interacted with each other. She started a practice of "gradual release" giving students more authority, and control over their blogging and blogs as they showed responsibility until many had earned their own blogs and were self-moderated. She also shared how she dealt with problems and conflicts when they came up, respecting students, and making them responsible.