My Year 9 students are currently dipping their toes into the world of blogging (some of the students currently watching me write this don’t particularly like the “dipping their toes” metaphor). It is all part of a plan to encourage students to compose persuasive writing, without only composing essays.
One my of students is telling me that Tumblr is better for people her age – WordPress is more for grown-ups. Tumblr has pictures and is not “boring” – and students feel like they can express themselves and people can’t judge them. The idea of sending messages to each other is also attractive. WordPress looks like their assessment work, Tumblr more their leisure time. Addictive, as one student is telling me.
And yet Tumblr is blocked here, as it is in most schools. So, WordPress it continues to be – without the engagement level that Tumblr can provide.