So, over the last several weeks I’ve been relieved at how well I’ve assimilated my various online presences. When I boot up, I check my email (West, Yahoo, and Gmail), cruise Google Reader, and see what’s up on the Dobbs wiki from time to time, then get going with whatever I need to do. Shortly after enjoying the placid waters of stasis, I threw a big rock in the pond and I’m looking for advice.
I’m started private blogs with my Spanish 1 kids this week. We will use this as a forum for out-of-class discussions pertaining to the material that we are studying. Spanish 1 students focus on the creation of simple, meaningful sentences that model a particular structure introduced by the teacher. Then the student, at his or her own comfort level, experiments with that structure by adding new vocabulary, or adding elements like phrases and clauses. All this to say, the kids will not be discussing the 20/20 Initiative. They’ll be talking about what they like to eat and drink. All of this is preparation for Spanish 2 when they make their blogs public and begin to dialogue with the outside world.
The JH uses WordPress for their student blogs. So, I’ve added another step in my digital routine. I have 28 kids with WordPress blogs, and I welcome your advice in making this an easier undertaking.
The blogs are private and can only be viewed by invitees. I had students assign me the role of administrator on their blogs, and for the time being, their comments must be approved by me (after a while I’ll loosen the reins).
Here’s my question. Is there an easier way to monitor their blogs? I think that Edublogs is a WordPress product. Is it possible to tie my Edublogs and WordPress accounts together, so my daily routine does not involve one more website, username, GUI, etc.?
Any advice appreciated.