Okay. I'm not going for depth here: just sharing some useful information.
If you want your students to blog, being plug-and-play can be easier on you: you don't have to support a platform. Just ask your students to blog or tweet where they are comfortable. You only need to be able to search for the relevant tags. Or you can ask students to post links into a class-only discussion board.
Nevertheless, it can be useful to share some tips with your students. I've collected some relevant links here.
- For searching purposes, you might devise a #hashtag, tag or combination that, separately or together, identifies either your program or this instance of it.
- E.g., #mycollege #coursename
- With blogger/blogspot, students can post via email:
- Posting to blogger via SMS:
I don’t see information on how many mobile devices can be used. There may be some limit.
--Edward R. O'Neill