The bias of the web toward "final" publication may be a problem or it may
be a solution--that is, a solution to the problem of what to do with
students' products other than photocopy them and pass them around the
class. Web publication has the potential to make classroom activity a
little more "real" (I hate that word) because of the opportunities it
offers to have students show their stuff beyond the classroom.
But you're absolutely right; as a process tool it really sucks,
specifically *because* it displays to the world. Who wants to have their
rough notes posted on the 'net?
So it's one possible part of an integrated strategy of process and
product technology. (Hey, I like that turn of phrase.)
BTW, has anybody noticed that when Web pages are used for handouts,
required readings, etcc, students usually have to print them out in order
to make use of them? Is this progress?