Common Sense Review
Updated February 2013

Edublogs

Create a classroom blog to get students writing and collaborating
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Common Sense Rating 3
  • Edublogs has easy setup and strong support services.
  • Create a new blog space by choosing a URL, a design theme, and setting blog options.
  • Teachers can use blogs in a variety of ways.
  • Students can participate in blogging challenges.
  • Teachers have a great amount of control from the dashboard.
Pros
Teachers will find it easy to communicate with parents about the work that students are doing.
Cons
The annual fee might be hard to meet for teachers in budget-strapped schools.
Bottom Line
This rich and safe blogging tool makes it easy for teachers and students to extend the classroom into a wider community.
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Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

The potential for a wider audience motivates students as writers and creators. An online writing space can change a student's concept of audience and voice.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

Teachers can integrate any subject area as part of a daily writing and publishing routine, either publicly or privately. The platform makes blog creating, sharing, and using quite easy.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

The vibrant support forum has plenty of tips for teachers and students. The Pro account comes with quick support services. The intuitive design makes account setup relatively painless.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Blogs can be surprisingly useful, and instant publication motivates kids to write. Edublogs, built on the Wordpress platform, offers flexibility for many purposes (also a Chrome app). You can set up individual student accounts in a single blog, creating a community. You can also set up individual blogs for students, establishing a network. You can use the space to communicate with parents and administrators about what your class is doing, and you could encourage your class to contribute collaboratively to a classroom newsletter.

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What's It Like?

Blogging is a popular way to publish and write in many classrooms. What makes Edublogs stand out is the combo of easy setup and use, strong support services, flexible administrative options, and peace of mind around spam and privacy issues.

There's a free version, but it has limits around media use and can contain advertising. The pro account comes with bells and whistles, including valuable server space for uploading and hosting photos, podcasts, and videos, and it also clears out advertising links and gives administrators fast access to technical support. The downside is the yearly cost. However, support is a key component, and if you've ever been in the middle of a lesson when things go haywire and you're scrambling for a fix, you know how valuable personal service can be.

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Is It Good For Learning?

Edublogs is good for keeping everyone in your class on the same page (literally). Also, creating a blog on the site is easy. Establish the name of your blogging space, the URL you want to use (which is attached to the edublogs.org address), and some personal information as the administrator, and your blog is up and running in minutes. What might take a little time is picking a design theme for your space, considering options around discussions (for example, do you moderate comments or not?), creating a sidebar of links to connected sites, and more. But you can be blogging within minutes of setup.

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