I would like to invite any teachers who are blogging with their students to share how they have set their blog up and include recommendations on how to approach this.
I would like to start with examples by teachers who have set up a class blog. In the examples below the teacher is the actual registered author. For the students to contribute the teacher logs in and the student posts. In the 'create post' area there is a field where you can include labels so you can view all posts by labels, in the blog. Each time a student posts they include their name in the 'labels for this post' field. This creates a list of student names which can be clicked on individually to view their posts - easy for parents and teachers to locate and comment on posts by individual students.
I have included the same feature in this blog but have used topics as labels rather than student names. Labels can be added as a page element by clicking the template tab. This strategy is easy to set up and monitor by the teacher as students are not registered as individual authors. I believe this strategy can be a useful for teachers who are starting to explore blogging with their students.
This option has been used by teachers in the following blogs. See the element 'View Posts By Students' in the side bars of the blogs. Thanks to Leanne and Rachel for these examples.
Room 9 Centrals Blog
Room 9's Writing Spot
Room 14 Sunnybrae Normal School