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 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.

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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

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.



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