So I’ve written about blogging a lot. I’ve covered WordPress.com, Blogger, Posterous and tried them all out. I’ve consciously skipped over http://www.kidblog.org because I feel it is too simple for what I wanted. In all honesty it is, but that doesn’t mean that it is not exactly what some other teachers are looking for.
Case in point. A couple English teachers (great people by the way) came to me and wanted to do a blog but they had some specific requirements of what they were looking for.
- Just for this unit
- Very easy to set up
- They can create and control the user accounts on the blog
- They can moderate posts and comments before publishing
- They can make groups (or tags for a group-and control who is in those groups)
After that list I immediately thought of http://www.kidblog.org. It satisfies all of that and is incedibly easy to set up, use and manage. It is built off of the WordPress.org platform so people who have used WordPress at all will feel right at home. If you haven’t, don’t worry most of the options have been stripped out to let you find all the features you’re need to use. This is also great for elementary teachers whose students may not have emails yet or whose parents don’t feel comfortable sharing their child’s email.
I’m going to post a student guide and a teacher guide to help you get on your feet. If you’ve never blogged before and would like to but are a little worried about the learning curve, then this is the place for you. Check out my student guide and my teacher guide.