By "participate" I assume you mean author. To just comment on a post,  
you can just set it so that email isn't necessary (that's an option in  
Wordpress on or Edublogs).
If you want the kids to be authors, many hosting sites will allow you  
to install Wordpress, they might even already have it running on their  
servers. Is it possible to get it installed on one of your district's  
servers? Then you can just create as many authors as you want. That's  
how I run my school's website.

Also - if you want a wiki - PBWorks allows you to generate logins for  
as many students as you need without emails.

Pamela Burke
Librarian, Marlboro School
Marlboro, VT 05344

On Aug 5, 2009, at 3:00 PM, Joanne Finnegan 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
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