In order to effecively use blogs as a portfolio I have to come of with a tagging system. At the beginning of the year I should generate a list of possible tags.
We definitely need to tag each draft so that a coherent and chronological pattern in growth emerges. For the students to see their progress and the teacher to assess progress is essential to the learning and writing process. We can probably label them "first," "second," etc. A search for these tags would then bring up a list of all first drafts for the year. Then the teacher and the student could see if there has been any improvement in the initial quality of the writing.
Entries should also be tagged with the genre. That way students can easily seperate journals from essays from poems. Though all writing serves the same general purpose they definitely require different skills. Isolating those skills will aid in the educational process.
They could also be tagged with audience and organizational pattern though I'm not sure if this is necessary.
I should probably come up with a tag title for each piece so that if I need to confirm that a student did the work it could be easily found. I also need to do a better job of keeping track of when an assignment is given so that I can make sure that they are turned in on time.