1. One class blog or many? I originally thought that each student in a class would have their own blog, but have realized that a better first step is to start a class blog where students can contribute comments as well as be occasional posts. It's much more manageable and also more interactive and collaborative.
2. Build a community of followers: I would love to see parents as well as other Benchmark classes become regular visitors of a classroom blog. I just recently read a post on 5 Posts to Jumpstart Your Classroom Blog by Richard Byrne, and he suggested that early posts should have high parent interest. One idea of his that I really liked was "Tasty and healthy snacks to send in with your child" I think that both parents and kids would comment on that post! I think another postcould be something like "Favorite iPad apps for school" in which you could make some suggestions about apps that parents could add to an iPad.