Friday, October 15, 2010

Top 10 Blogging Solutions

"A blog (a blend of the term web log)[1] is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. (wikipedia)"

Blogging is one of the most popular web 2.0 tools around and used by educators everywhere. Basically, it is "online journaling" and a great way for students/teachers to create online content. However, the key to a blog is it's collaborative nature and the ability to generate communication among others.

That being said, I decided to list my favorites blogging solution for educators...

Top 10 Blogging Solutions
  1. Edmodo - A terrific solution for blogging in the classroom and it's free. It allows teachers to create student accounts and monitor all their activity.
  2. Kidblog - A great free way for students to blog w/ no email account necessary, teachers have total control of student content.
  3. Gaggle - A semi-free (paid version removes ads) way for student's to blog in a filtered environment. Gaggle will also filter Google Apps, provide forums, and filter YouTube as well.
  4. Blogger - Google's free blogging service that is very easy to use and has a beautiful user interface w/ lots of: themes, gadgets, and options to choose from.
  5. Word Press - One of the most popular free blogging platforms on the web. It requires an install and setup which means it has a bit of a higher learning curve then some other options.
  6. Edublog Campus - A paid blogging solution for schools that is built around the Word Press Platform.
  7. Penzu - Is a nice new (beta) site for blogging that allows users to choose if they want their posts to be public or private.
  8. Live Journal - Is a combination of a blogging platform and social network that is very popular w/ a focus on social media.
  9. 21 Classes - A wonderful blogging solution for students/Teachers. Teachers can create student accounts and monitor all blog entries before they are posted.
  10. TypePad - Create excellent looking blogs w/ this very easy to use paid service.

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