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Should I let my students socialize on classroom blog?

Should I let my students socialize on classroom blog?

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Hey everyone! I'd really like to get your opinion on this. My students would like to use the classroom blog to "chat" with their friends. They know they have to be "respectful" on the site but like seeing who's on and posting messages. I'm trying to decide if this is OK. On one hand, I set up the blog so we could stay connected around the Identity project I'm doing - it's with my MG/Enrichment class and we only meet twice a week so I thought this would be a good way to stay connected and not loose momentum between meetings. On the other hand, I also want us to be a community and really gel as a group. Being able to use the site as a way to check in with each other could help with this sense of community. Also, being able to connect with one another does influence our identity - a focus on our project (how elements influence our identity). So, please weigh in with your thoughts! I'd really like to know what you think! Erika

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