Blogs are being used in many secondary schools and colleges. They are used for a variety of purposes: authentic writing assignments, collaborative assignments, asynchronous class discussion...
Here are some links to blogging information and some academic blogs to get you started.
- An article "Schools grapple with policing students' online journals" http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0202/p01s04-stct.html by Amanda Paulson, The Christian Science Monitor
- Web of Influence "Blogging blogs and the bloggers who blog them" -used for the Bryn Mawr College CSEM course "Web of Influence" taught by Doug Blank and Laura Blankenship.
- Donna Strickland, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia teaches a course called Topics in Writing: Blogging in Theory and Practice - take a look at her syllabus for some good ideas about topics for blogging in classes. She also has a course blog at http://english4040.blogspot.com
- A Weblog for the Seton Hall University Executive Ed.D. program with work, links, comments and resources
- My own poetry blog http://poetsonline.blogspot.com is used to supplement my poetry writing website - Poets Online and allows interaction with the poets who contribute to the site.
- weblogg-ed (read it as weblogged or weblog edUCATION - it's about both) is from Will Richardson a NJ high school teacher who is leaving the classroom to focus full time on his discussions and reflections on the use of blogs, wikis, RSS, audiocasts and other Read/Write Web related technologies in K-12 (though there's no reason to limit this - please people, let's think more about K20). His book Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms is a good investment for anyone starting out in this.
- http://edublogs.org provides free blogs for teachers, researchers, librarians and other education professionals.Create an ad-free, full-featured WordPress that includes a free Yacapaca assessment tool from the Chalkface Project.
- Educational Weblogs - Disruptive Technology Resource for Educators using Weblogs, Blogware, Collaborative tools, RSS & Podcasting, web services and digital tools at home, school, university and community.
- Try the Academic Blogs list at Blog Flux