How do I setup 120 blogs?
May 25, 2010 10:48 AM   Subscribe

What is the easiest way to setup 120 children with their own individual blog? They're all 10 and 11 year olds and they'll be used solely for a 2 week unit of work at school.
posted by mooreeasyvibe to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Weebly for education lets you set up teacher and kid accounts (without needing to use email addresses to set them up). I don't know how many you can get there for free, but it is enough for at least one or two full classes of kids. You can sign up additional teachers, and get some more for free.
posted by coevals at 10:55 AM on May 25, 2010


http://edublogs.org/ might be the right place for what you're doing. I know virtually nothing about them however the customer service was excellent when I wrote to complain about a copyright violation by one of their bloggers.
posted by blaneyphoto at 10:57 AM on May 25, 2010


I came here to say what coevals said, so I'll just add that Weebly for education includes 40 accounts for free, with additional accounts available at $10 for 10 accounts.
posted by reegmo at 10:59 AM on May 25, 2010


Setup a hosting account somewhere and install Wordpress-MU on it. That's a multiuser version of Wordpress. Then either walk them through the steps of creating their own site (through the signup process on the WPMU main page), or create some sort of script to create the web logs for them ahead of time.
posted by PandaMcBoof at 1:51 PM on May 25, 2010


I feel that encouraging all children to blog too early is not always socially healthy. (Apologies for going outside of the ask/me frame).
posted by ovvl at 7:48 PM on May 25, 2010


Thanks guys, Weebly loks good and I can import a CSV with all the kids' details.

Ovvl - what do you mean by 'not always socially healthy'? Please explain.
posted by mooreeasyvibe at 3:40 AM on May 26, 2010


I grew up in an era when cursive writing, long division, and telephone etiquette were taught in schools. At that time, the concept of personal privacy was taken for granted.

I have to concede that in this modern era children are racing ahead regarding technology. But they need guidance in separating and protecting their personal lives from their social lives.

If these student blogs are part of a science unit, then this a constructive use of the media.

If these student blogs are personal expressions of feelings, then this is a really bad idea, unless the focus of the lesson plan is on how to negotiate private/public expression.
posted by ovvl at 5:17 PM on July 5, 2010


I know I'm very late but I found this site recently.

"Kidblog.org is designed for elementary and middle school teachers who want to provide each student with their own, unique blog."
posted by sammyabdu at 3:13 PM on October 27, 2010


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