Tools to set up a blog
There are 4 blogging tools on the Top 100 Tools list, which are discussed in this Quick Guide: WordPress, Edublogs, Blogger and Tumblr.
The choice of blogging tool will depend upon a number of factors, e.g.
  1. Cost – free, open source, commercial
  2. Availability – in the cloud, behind the firewall
  3. Use – for personal or organisational (enterprise/educational) use
  4. User friendliness – simple blogging or sophisticated functionality
Here’s a table that compares the tools covered here
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Cost
Availability
Use
User friendliness
WordPress
Free
Open source
WordPress.com
in the cloud
Wordpress.org
self-hosted
Personal
Educational
Enterprise
Sophisticated/
complex
Edublogs
Free
in the cloud
Educational
Sophisticated/
complex
Blogger
Free
in the cloud
Personal
Educational
Sophisticated/
complex
Tumblr
Free
in the cloud
Personal
Educational
Simple
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Create and Manage Student Blogs in 5 Simple Steps
Posted: 03 Oct 2013 09:39 AM PDT

We’re seeing increasing numbers of educators use blogs as digital student portfolios, where students showcase their work and share their learning, throughout their school life.
Why?
  • Studies have found that the effort of communicating to someone else forces you to pay more attention and learn more (Clive Thomspon).
  • When students were asked to write for a real audience in another country, their essays had better organization and content than when they were writing for their teacher (Clive Thomspon).
  • Digital student portfolios can be used for application to colleges, Universities or for applying for jobs.
  • We all have increased motivation when we feel personal ownership. You see greater improvements in student learning and literacy skills when each student has their own student blog. Blogs allow students to easily transfer the digital student portfolio to their own personal space as all standard blogging platforms allow you to easily transfer content between platforms using export/import.
You can read more about the benefits of student blogging and digital student portfolios here!
Let’s show you how simple it is to set up and manage student blogs using My Class on Edublogs and Edublogs Campus networks.

Step 1 – Create a class blog

Every teacher should have a class website to keep students and parents up-to-date.
The class blog is the hub that connects the student blogs and helps you manage all your student blogs!
The Class blog
The Class blog
A class blog
You’ll find step by step instructions on how to set up your class blog here!

Step 2: Set up My Class

My Class is the ultimate tool for class and student blogging. It allows you to connect student blogs to your class blog where you can control the student blog privacy, comment moderation and post moderation on all student blogs with just one click.
My Class also allows you to transfer student blogs to management of a new teacher at the start of each school year; or remove from My Class, and transfer complete control of the blog to the student, when they leave school.
Here’s how to set up My Class:
1. Go to My Class > Create a Class.
Create a Class
Create a Class

2. Select “This is a class blog” (1), ”No – use if you want them to publish posts on their student blog” (2), choose if you want to moderate posts and comments on student blogs, your preferred privacy option and which users you want to manage your student blogs (3).
Choose your class settings
Choose your class settings

3. Click Save.
You can read more about the My Class setting options here.

Step 3: Create your student blogs

Once you’ve set up My Class there are two options for creating student blogs:
  1. You create the student blogs using My Class > Create Student blogs
  2. Students to create their own blogs using the Edublogs sign up page and then connect to your class blog using My Class > Join a Class.
Here’s how simple it is to create student blogs:
Or give these instructions to your students if you want them to create their own student blogs and join your Class blog.
1. Go to My Class > Create Student blogs.
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2. Add username, email address, password, blog URL and blog title.
Creating Student blogs
Creating Student blogs

We recommend you use the preset password option and record their username/password/blog URL in a spreadsheet as you create their blogs. Some teacher require students to informed them when passwords are changed so they have a record of the student’s latest password. This is handy for those students who forget password or provided the wrong email address.
Example of a spreadsheet
Example of a spreadsheet

3. Click Submit.

Step 4: Add Class blog widget to sidebar

The class blog widget provides a handy link to all student blogs attached to My Class. Students just need to click on the link to easily go to a class mates blog.
Class blog widget
Class blog widget
Example of the class blog widget in the sidebar of a blog
1. Go Appearance > Widgets.
Go to Widgets
Go to Widgets

2. Add the class blog widget to the desired sidebar.
  • Make sure you get your students to add the class blog widget to their sidebar!
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5. The widget will automatically open.
6. Select ’No’ under Public only if you are using private blogs (1), alphabetical (2), the number of blogs (3) and then click Save.
  • Any time you add any more student blogs to My Class you update the Class blog list by opening up the Class blog widget and clicking Save.
Class blog widget
Class blog widget

Step 5: Check student posts and comments

Student posts and comments can be checked using My Class > Student blogs or Users > Reports.
My Class > Student blogs is where you’ll see all your student blogs listed. Here is where you can use the Dashboard link to access their blog; where you’ll see the number of published and pending posts / pages / comments on their blogs.
Clicking on pending under a student blog takes you to the pending post or pending comments page inside their student blog dashboard. Where you can edit, approve or publish the post or comment.
You’ll find detailed instructions for approving pending posts and comments here.
Pending posts
Pending posts

Reports, via Users > Reports, allows you to run a report on a specific student. It allows you to check comments they’ve submitted on any blog or posts they have published and choose the date range you want to check.
Running a report
Running a report

That’s it!

Let us know in the comments below if you have any questions and feel free to share a link to your class and student blogs too!
For more handy tips check out our blogging with class and student series!