To help develop this website and also to tap into the expertise and know-how of students, I asked them to view the site in progress in order to comment, blog, and make additions. I set up the class with a Microsoft One-Note* document available for all students to have access to. I created a few headings. In this case: good blogs, cool links, neat videos, music and games, and then let them to it.
I started with my grade 7 class and I think they had a lot of fun with the assignment. In doing this, I found out more about where they were coming from and they also found out a lot of cool things about their peers.
I feel the project worked so well I will have to try it out with other grades.
*One-Note is an excellent collaboration tool because it can be linked through a common server or LAN thus enabling multiple users to write and create on the same document simultaneously.