If you use Netware 6.5 or above you could use their Virtual Office (I think that's what it's called) which is included in the OS (I think). It has some very slick tools for collaboration. If you are a Microsoft shop you can use SharePoint to accomplish much the same thing.
Or you could take a decent computer/server (1GB Ram), install Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP on it and host it yourself. You can host a listsrv on that or a website with a discussion board (I'd recommend SMF or PHPBB2 for forum software... SMF is much easier to setup and maintain, but PHPBB is more flexible). Drupal and even Moodle would work here. Since you are talking a small number of connections a decent workstation will work, just give it RAM.
If you like host this stuff off-site, I tried a hosting company called HostGator a little while back. What was nice about it was Fantastico and the unlimited sub-domains I was able to have.
I don't think blogging will meet your needs, but I bet it would be well received by more than a few teachers in addition to the discussion group or listsrv.
Hope that helps,
From: School Information Technology Discussion on behalf of Bill Clark
Sent: Thu 4/19/2007 1:52 PM
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Subject: Hosting listserv
Would anyone have advice about hosting a listserv internally ?
We will have about 20 - 25 teachers/staff who will be discussing vocational
We do not host our web page or email.
Perhaps some good "discussion" software ... Is blogging better ?
Just looking for the easiest/inexpensive solution besides email for people
to discuss a common topic...
Bill Clark, Austine School for the Deaf
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