Edublogs is an advertising free blog creation site with all the basic blogging features and a paid version incorporating more themes, mobile access, custom domains and ability to include video. Edublogs allows blogs to be open or private, and the site only hosts education related blogs making it the perfect platform for students. Edublogs also allows teachers the option to create student accounts along with ability to grant varying levels of access from commenting privileges to the ability to contribute their own blogs entries. The service also provides professional development, detailed help documents and access to other educators as resources which ensures teachers have the tools needed to be successful blog creators and administrators. Edublogs was chosen at my school system’s recommendation and I feel the choice is a sound one.
The desire to blog in my classroom comes from a variety of sources: the desire to replace paper journals, the ability to involve greater numbers of students in classroom conversations, and the integration of 21st century skills.
The blog should be a huge step forward for my classroom. I foresee the development of the blog to be a great learning experience for all but thanks to the features of Edublogs, the students and I should find a safe environment within which to share our ideas.