Several of my upper elementary grade teachers are interested in using blogs for student writing prompts. Iâ€™m concerned about students using a tool that requires a name when making comments. Is there an easy way to protect their identities when they post?
Yes, there is. Iâ€™ve noticed that several teachers have their students use pen names when posting to a classroom blog. Just as a teacher may use an ID number to protect privacy when posting grades, teachers can ask students to choose a blogging nickname. By using offline master lists of nicknames, teachers can easily identify the author of each comment, and still insure anonymity in public posts.
Submitted by: Susan Brooks-Young