I would have concerns about how public the blog site will be. Most of the things we do that are part of an academic class, we try to do in protected settings. For example, rather than have a teacher setup a discussion board on an open off-site server, we would set up a board that would be accessed only by the students participating in the class. There are some risks that you incur when you have students blogging, as they may very well post personal information that becomes part of a public record. If something happens as a result of this, and it is traced back to your required educational activity, I suspect that there might be a few lawyers out there who would start licking their chops at the idea of treating themselves to some tasty morsels from your carcass. Several years ago, I was team teaching a journalism class and was involved in a parent lawsuit regarding a story that involved a composite character that the parent thought resembled his daughter. It was an ugly and almost ludicrous legal action that was partially based on the fact that students could take the newspaper home and thus it found its way into the general community. Suffice it to say that the school gave up a not-insignificant amount of money to settle the case. --Steve ************************* Stephen Barner South Burlington High School 550 Dorset Street South Burlington, VT 05403 (802) 652-7015 (802) 652-7013 (Fax) http://sbhs.sbschools.net http://vtacad.net [log in to unmask] --- "When we study music, we practice... because there is no other way to become a musician. Neither can we become engineers by just studying a textbook, because practical experience is needed to correlate the so-called theory with practice." Charles Franklin Kettering >>> [log in to unmask] 3/15/2006 12:22:31 PM >>> Greetings, we are planning to set up several blogs to use with students as literature discussion forums. What blogging sites would the experts around the state recommend for use with high school students and elementary students. Any recommendations would be appreciated, Thanks Gabi Martino Technology Integration Specialist Rivendell Interstate School District [log in to unmask] Tel. 603.353.2170 Fax.603.353.2189 ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ This email may contain information protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). If this email contains confidential and/or privileged health or student information and you are not entitled to access such information under FERPA or HIPAA, federal regulations require that you destroy this email without reviewing it and you may not forward it to anyone.