Penmia is a tool for creating an online notebook. Unlike blogs and online journals, Penmia offers a secure, private way to share your thoughts. When you log into your account, you have access to the “starter” tab and are given a text box to write your latest entry. You may also upload pictures or attach links to add to your entry. To write about multiple topics, create new tabs. Keep your entries private, share specific posts through Twitter or share individual tabs with family members by entering their e-mail addresses.
Penmia offers another alternative to traditional blogs for students use to express their feelings and reflect on life or classroom content. Because Penmia’s features are simpler than most blogs and online journals, students will not get caught up trying to format their posts, choose backgrounds for their blog or spend time perusing other students blogs instead of writing their own. With the ability to share individual tabs, students can use Penmia for school and personal use by creating different tabs for both.
As a teacher, you can also use Penmia as a journal for yourself. Create tabs for individual students, different courses or other areas of your professional life. Post regular updates on student performance, ideas for lesson plans or reflections on professional development. Create a tab to share with parents and keep them updated on classroom news and another tab to share with students.