Well, I did it. I tried student blogging for the first time today. As a class, we developed our “Essential Agreements” for online publishing and talked extensively about internet safety, etiquette and thoughtful responses. I posted a piece of poetry and asked for students to analyze and share their interpretations of it. That was at 2:30 this afternoon and the last time I checked our weblog, my students were still discussing it. It is now 8:30 pm and I am hoping they go to bed soon. I have learned two valuable lessons today. First, I need to just dive in and try things and quit being such a chicken about experimenting with new technology. My students need it. Now. No. Yesterday. Second, from now on I will substitute the term “Short Constructed Response” with “Blog”. I will get much more enthusiastic and meaningful responses.