I would use the blog in my classroom to get feedback from my students. We create many projects in my wood shop class and I am always am in need of ideas for students projects. I could use the blog to post different project ideas and get feedback from my students to see who is interested on doing that project. I could set up a blog for each class and that way the students would be able to narrow there search for project ideas.
This blog would serve many purposes for my classes. It would allow my students to have a bigger part in the class. They would be more involved and would be able to have a decision in what happens in the class. By giving them more control over the curriculum in the class, in my feeling, they will be less of a behavioral problem. I have tried to get my students involved in the class, more than just completing the assignments. I have assigned student assistants for each class and those students come in during a study hall to help out my students on projects.
This is a place for students to interact about content. They will be commenting on project ideas and new topics that will be covered in class. Some students will not have access to this blog at home so i will allow them some time during class or they will be allowed to blog during a study hall.
These blogs will help enhance my lessons greatly. Getting my students actually involved in creating the lessons will help them learn the material. It will make the lessons full of material that the students have decided on learning.
I teach grades 7-12. In 7th and 8th grade, i have every student. It is mandated by New York State. In grades 9 thru 12 they have a choice whether to take my class or not. I have to turn students away because i just cannot handle more than 18 students per class.
Blogs are great tools for instructional context because they allow for students to interact with each other and the teacher. This is a great communication tool. Some students might not be very active in class and this could be a place where they feel comfortable talking with each other.