I have never used blogging in my classroom before. In fact I never cared about blogging until about six months ago. Thought it was only for people who were experts or people who just wished they were. I have since been converted. However, I have only been blogging myself for a month and don't feel I have the expertise to do something big or rock the boat. I do want to blog this year, so I'm hoping you can help.
My idea is to run class blog and have students post responses. Then, as students get used to that, I can have students be guest bloggers when they have something important to say. They could send their post to me and I can publish it. The judge of important will be them of course. Is it worth doing this way? Is there a better way?
I can not use anything that requres student to give out an email. I know about the google cheat, but middle schoolers aren't known for following directions and I'm not sure I want to risk the outraged parent.
I can not afford any pay services. No money in the department. No money in my pocket. I have a small grant at our school that I can apply for, but don't know if they would support blogging without seeing it in action first.
I teach 8th grade. Many of my students won't turn 13 until the middle or end of the year.
Any advice is welcome.