Due to enormous technical difficulties (mine), the Spruz compville site burned. It just was not working. However, once the class was actually able to work in the lab, we were able to work on the new and improved Englishcompville site Englishcompville.wetpaint.com. One class easily transitioned into the blogging...incorporating their own personalities. Students worked together on the directive (a vocabulary blog) as well as joining and uploading various elements to the Compville Research Archives page, the Compville Travel Bureau, Compville Comix, Compville Radio Station, etc.
What was more interesting was that the second class, the more disengaged, rowdy students began to write sentences using the vocabulary in earnest. One particularly disruptive student settled down to write sentences that were accurate (albeit somewhat inappropriate in nature). Somehow just the act of blogging appeared to soothe her enough to sit still. This goes along with what Rich said about the students being more comfortable learning from video, and the nature of this generational beast. Can it be that just using the computer is a mild sedative similar to the act of knitting for relaxation?