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Yes, one advice, tell them that what they write will be read by their grandkids. I am sure it will change their outlook on it. I cannot believe the type of stuff I wrote 13 years ago on the internet, even though I still agree with most of it still.


I taught an Advanced French Grammar and Composition class last semester and, although I did not make the student keep a blog, I made them post their essays on Livejournal, and each student had to comment on two of his/her peers' essays, both in terms of content and form (this aspect of the project sort of fell apart after a while, though.)

However, I completely jettisoned the textbook, and resorted entirely to process writing, and used the students' drafts as a springboard for discussing form and reviewing grammatical points. Some of the essays the students wrote should still be available online - I just have to remember how to access them... (I also have them on my computer, though.) The students wrote end-of-semester reflections on the process and were quite positive about it. I personally think that it did work quite well. They especially loved the peer editing -- so here you go about co-construction of knowledge.


Man, I wish I was in school again! We never had tools like this and "cool" teachers. You have such great jobs and great opportunities to help change the way people think.

As a Learning & Development guy in a large company, I'll have to think how to use this at work, but with the added political/public risks to consider!

Great ideas!

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