I'm looking for ideas and/or examples for setting up a classroom log of daily activities, to be maintained by individual students (perhaps one assigned per day) to be posted and linked from my classroom site. This would help with the "I was absent yesterday; what did we do?" question, as well as provide a place to anchor our activities, and inform others (parents) what's going on in class. Ideally, I'd want to use a template based on my typical lesson plan format (opening activities, main lesson, closing assignment, homework), and would allow student-note-takers to link to online handouts and other resources. Our school uses GoogleApps, so that's a possibility, but I'm not sure how to set up permissions for students to post documents without requiring all to have GoogleAccounts. I've used Wikispaces for past projects, and that's a possibility, too, though I'm not sure how I'll provide an organizational structure to help students navigate once it is populated with daily entries. And, since I teach at the high school level with 6 different class periods (2 or 3 of which will have similar activities each day) I'm wondering about how to clearly distinguish one Government class from another, etc. I haven't explored the deeper structures available on various blog tools, but maybe that's the way to go. I'd like to keep the threshold for student tech expertise low, as some of the students are easily frustrated when things don't go exactly the way they'd expected, and I don't want to frustrate them with the process.
Any experience or ideas out there?