Most English teachers would agree that student journals are a great way to get students thinking and a great way to get some formative assessment. However, most English teachers would also agree that journals are a pain. Is there any worse feeling than hauling a milk crate full of journals home on a Friday afternoon? Or, even worse, pulling one out and also pulling up 4 more that are all tangled by the velcro-like spiral binder?
Google Docs to the rescue. Just have the students create one doc to share with you. They can insert a new page for each entry, labeling it at the top however you wish. Better yet, the new entries can go at the top of the doc so you can check them easily. Using this tech also allows the students to include pictures and links in their entries.