Bill Ferriter answers frequently asked questions on using blogs in the classroom. This sounds like a very good point:
Believing that blogs are ONLY opportunities for students to practice writing skills is a fatal flaw for most classroom blogging projects. Instead of digital soapboxes, teachers and students must begin to see blogs as interactive forums for continuing conversations around topics of interest--and interactive forums require two-way participation.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.