This is an interested talk about a university’s push to get a domain name and web hosting for every student.
Two main points really struck me from the talk.
1. We want to give students a sense of ownership over their own web real estate and/or their own web presence.
2. We want to push students into discovering “the deeper possibilities of the web.”
There are, of course, possibilities that go far deeper than the blog, but I do think that for students who don’t have access to web hosting, a free blog account can be a good place to start learning deeper possibilities than can be found on social networking sites alone. Maybe a blog address is the community college student’s “domain of one’s own.”
I wish that my school could get every student a domain name, but for now I will settle for requiring all of my students to register a blog address.