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

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]> 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
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