Last Tuesday, students wrote to their pen pals for the first time! They wrote out their first entry on a piece of paper in the morning, and then in the afternoon I helped them type it into their blog. Since it was their first one, they introduced themselves and asked their pen pal some questions about themselves.
This is how the class blog turned out. You can see on the right each student has their own category they post into. All of the posts go into the home page as well.
All the pen pals responded within a day or so. A few of the pen pals even attached pictures to their responses! I ran through how to post with each student, so now they can do it independently outside of class.