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Re: blog, wiki without student e-mail

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Luis Bango <[log in to unmask]>

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School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 6 Aug 2009 11:29:52 -0400

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I've been using 21classes with my 8th grade classes for about 3 years now and it generally meets our needs for student publishing.  No ads and it's free.  There's very little support provided but we haven't really needed it.  Accounts are easy to set up and no emails are required.  There are also settings to restrict visibility.  My biggest issue has been with a handful of students remembering their usernames and passwords but they're pretty easy to reset them.  

Luis Bango
Woodstock Union High School & Middle School


-----Original Message-----
From: School Information Technology Discussion on behalf of Lucie deLaBruere
Sent: Wed 8/5/2009 10:14 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: blog, wiki without student e-mail
 
Pam,

Although I have not used it myself, I also heard that WordPress is a great
multiuser environment and has some features for exporting the site to a CD
(i.e. electronic portfolios).  Met someone at NECC who chose it for that
reason. Intrigued me.  The hosting service I use siteground.com allows
custom  wordpress installs and is very affordable.

If it helps, here is a link to a quick 20 minute overview I did at VT MIDI
and Multimedia Summer Institute on the diffferent student friendly options
folks had to publish multimedia.  Although it was for a different audience,
  it has some links to the exact pages where you can set up classroom
accounts  or get the ads removed for some of these tools.

I also added Ed
http://docs.google.com/present/edit?id=0ASeV_9e4WV0uYWpiOHpja3A1ajg3XzRmN3ZjODJkeg&hl=en

I also included EDMODO.com  (which i've been hearing about, but have not
used)

Lucie


On Wed, Aug 5, 2009 at 9:25 PM, Lauren Parren <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>  Thanks for clarifying, Pam.  I guess that for the average user, avoiding
> the whole ad mess by going with PBworks just seems easier.  But you are
> absolutely right!  The blog software, when managed, is great.  I suppose it
> might be what you are used to.  I switched to wikis when the ad issue hit
> some of my teachers and have been really happy with it.  It seems to
> encourage collaboration more than does a blog.  Either way, getting
> classrooms to collaborate is a shared goal,, while protecting student
> identities.  Has anyone had success with ePals?  I'm starting to push on
> that source and hope I find some good matches.
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Lauren Kelley Parren
> ANESU Educational Technology Coordinator
> Mt. Abraham Portfolio Coordinator
> 802-453-2333 x 1119
>
>
>
> *School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]> on
> Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 9:03 PM -0500 wrote:*
> I don't know why I always feel compelled to clarify this, but it's just me
> I guess. I'll echo Lauren's frustration with hosting services like Edublogs
> that embed adds in their free blogs, I hate it! However, it is the hosting
> service, not the Wordpress software that is the problem. Wordpress is
> open-source blog software that anyone can install on their server and it has
> NO ads. It's the host that's the problem. You can host your own blog & avoid
> the problem, or pay the host to dump the ads for you.
>
>
> The software is great, but the free hosts can be a drag.
>
> Pamela Burke
> Librarian, Marlboro School
> Marlboro, VT 05344
> http://marlboroschool.net
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On Aug 5, 2009, at 7:29 PM, Lauren Parren wrote:
>
>
>
>
> I have given up on blogs.  PBworks meets all of my needs.  We did upgrade
> to a campus license because we have 140 10th grader contributing all sorts
> of stuff, and I wanted the ability to keep some pages private and some pages
> public.  I really like the flexibility of PBworks and have multiple accounts
> for multiple audiences.  I ran into problems with wordpress with popup ads
> embedded in the text that the author couldn't see, but participants could.
>  On the word *Arab*, a chat room popped up for a sort of dating service.
> That totally freaked me out, and their suggestion was just to pay for the
> very reasonable school account.  The price was, in fact, reasonable, but the
> fact that they didn't warn us about the ads made me ditch them completely.
>  I can't recall the name of the other blog that is the educational version
> of wordpress, but it was the same problem.  If any of your teachers wants to
> contact me, by all means, feel free.  I'll be working on 3 or 4 wikis
> tomorrow.
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Lauren Kelley Parren
> ANESU Educational Technology Coordinator
> Mt. Abraham Portfolio Coordinator
> 802-453-2333 x 1119
>
>
>
> *School Information Technology Discussion <**[log in to unmask]*<[log in to unmask]>
> *> on Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 3:00 PM -0500 wrote:*
> Help!  I have 3 teachers who would like to create blogs that students can
> participate in, but don't want to deal with student e-mail, even the fake
> ones. Preferable would be a way to enter student usernames and passwords if
> necessary.
>
> Blogmeister would have worked, but rumor is that David Warlick is not
> maintaining it.  Edublogs won't let us do what we want without
> subscribing/paying. A lot of other more "private" sites are now requiring
> payment.
>
> Any suggestions for either a wiki site or blog site that would allow a
> teacher to input the names of students who are allowed to comment/post, not
> have to have any type of e-mail addresses (not even fake - we tried the
> gmail thing with linked e-mail), and still allow some type of parent
> access/viewing would be really helpful.  This is for grades K - 4.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Joanne
>
>
> Joanne Finnegan
> Technology Integration Specialist
> Chittenden East Supervisory Union
> (voice) (802) 858-1728
> (fax) (802) 899-1059
> This e-mail may contain information protected under the Family Educational
> Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  If this e-mail contains student information
> and you are not entitled to access such information under FERPA, please
> notify the sender.  Federal regulations require that you destroy this e-mail
> without reviewing it and you may not forward it to anyone.
>
>
>
>
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>


-- 
Lucie deLaBruere
www.LearningWithLucie.com
www.InfiniteThinking.org
Tech Integration Specialist - St. Albans City Schoool

http://twitter.com/techsavvygirl


Work: 802 527  0565 x 3206
Cell:  802  752  6086

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Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.
 - James M. Barrie
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