Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Posterous X Student Blogging Option?

I created a posterous account last year, but never really played around with the platform enough to determine if it was worth using as a teaching / learning tool.

With some free time this summer to explore Posterous a bit further, I'm leaning towards using it as a blogging platform with one section of students.  The most important reason behind my thinking is that Posterous easily allows students to post via text message (110 character limitation).  With a smartphone, students can post via email, send pictures, video and voice memos.

My thinking behind this decision
1. We have a school of over 1400 students with one computer lab.
2. I have one desktop, one laptop, and one netbook in my classroom.
3. Last year, of the 120 students I taught, all but 5 of them had cell phones with texting plans.
4. Students could post anytime, anywhere, without an internet connection.

Potential applications:
"Live Blogging" in and outside of class.  While students are reading a primary source document, excerpt from a book or the textbook, they could text to post to their Posterous blog.  While watching films in class, students could keep a running journal of their thoughts and observations by texting to their blog.  During lectures, students could post questions, thoughts or critical ideas that they want to record. 

Homework Blogging. Students could easily complete their homework at any time, in any location.  This type of blog posting could change they way teachers look at homework.  Instead of specific questions and assignments to complete, students would have to demonstrate that they are thinking about, reflecting and considering what they are learning about in class.  The Posterous blog, in this sense becomes evidence of reflective learning.  Students could post at anytime, when it strikes them, to demonstrate their thinking and reflection.  The teacher could set up the expectation that students will post X number of times per day, week or term.  As blog posts are time stamped, the student and teacher could easily assess if this reflective process is taking place. 

Has anyone used Posterous as a student blogging platform? 


  1. Given the 110 character limit and the general idea of having students post via text messaging, why not go with Twitter? Or a Twitter-based app like HootCourse?

    Just curious was Posterous has to offer over Twitter.

  2. Derek,

    There are additional features that I like that go beyond twitter. Longer posts can be emailed, a youtube url is automatically embedded and posted as well as voice memos from smart phones. I tried using twitter with a high school class, with limited success. Although I attempt to have the students collaborate on projects and ideas as much as possible, I also like the independent nature of blogging and the ease of this platform.