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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.
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> Lauren Kelley Parren
> ANESU Educational Technology Coordinator
> Mt. Abraham Portfolio Coordinator
> 802-453-2333 x 1119
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> *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
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> On Aug 5, 2009, at 7:29 PM, Lauren Parren wrote:
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> 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.
>
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>
> Lauren Kelley Parren
> ANESU Educational Technology Coordinator
> Mt. Abraham Portfolio Coordinator
> 802-453-2333 x 1119
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> *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
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> Joanne Finnegan
> Technology Integration Specialist
> Chittenden East Supervisory Union
> (voice) (802) 858-1728
> (fax) (802) 899-1059
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