Class blogging

I admit, I am stumped. What is now the best (and still free) tool to use with students for blogging? In the past I used Edublogs and it was great. Students were able to design their own blogs, the administrator could approve all posts and or comments if s/he wanted to, it was free, and if students wanted to export their writing to a WordPress blog, they could do that at the end of a class and not lose any of their work.

Now, one of my colleagues would like to start blogging with students next week and it looks like Edublogs has turned my favorite aspects of its program into a paid service. 😦  I did find 21 Classes and it looks great…for a teacher with ten students. Blogger would be a possibility, but the administrative control is not great.  I’m leaning toward exploring Class Blogmeister in the morning, we’ll see how that goes.

Any suggestions? My buddy Ben would throw this out to his Twitter network. I’m not so good at Twitter, but it might be my next stop…

7 thoughts on “Class blogging”

  1. Hey Wendy,

    I’m getting a wireless lab in the near future and have this same question. One example (via Twitter) that I’ve seen is Mr. Goerend ( It looks like he’s using Blogger. From what I can tell, he has a single student log in and they post with first name, last initial.

    That’s not exactly what you are looking for, me either. But it might be work around until something else comes along.

    And…I’ll throw it out to my Twitter people 😉

  2. From Twitter:

    RT @tomwhitby: @RussGoerend Why not create a private class Ning? Have a blog page. Guest blog out the exemplary pieces. @learnteachtech

  3. I was going to suggest Kidblog and am glad to see it’s already here in the comments.

    I wonder why you’re not going with EduBlogs, though? They have a paid version, but free versions are still available that have advertising. I’d definitely consider EduBlogs too.

    1. On Edublogs, the ads don’t phase me and I really liked the program when I had my students blog last year. My colleague is looking to set up for students with their own blogs but still maintain administrator control (as opposed to having one class blog to which they all contribute). It looked like that feature went the way of the paid upgrade… I will dig back into Edublogs again, perhaps I missed it.

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