Penzu is a free online journal for anyone to use. Prior to researching Web 2.0 tools, I had never heard of it. I don't think it has grown in popularity the way other educational tools have, but I think it is an interesting idea and seems to be easy to use. Here in a video giving an overview of the product.
I think an idea of a private online journal is a great idea because it may get some students excited about writing. There are ways to keep the journal completely private and ways to share journal entries. In my next blog about Penzu, I will create a journal and explore ways to keep it private and ways to share it publicly.