The Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation provides blogs for classrooms using the most widely used and preferred blogging and CMS software in the industry, WordPress. Our implementation makes it very easy for a single administrator to manage all users and all blog sites in one easy to use dashboard interface. Hosting the service inside our network also allows for restricting access to a finite set of web viewers. Something that no other blog service offers currently.
Some of the ideas for using a blog for the classroom would be:
Demonstration of Proper Use – social networking is here to stay, teachers can use blogs to model appropriate behavior while teaching critical writing skills
Critical Reading – providing a peer evaluation of a writing sample
Connected Thinking – skills that demonstrate an active understanding of how the writing a student does is related to the topic they are writing about
Extension of the Physical Classroom – an essential part of the classroom today is to extend it past the brick and mortar of the walls and into the digital realm.
Password protected parent communication portals - teachers can post pictures/videos and information for parents to read on a password protected page.
Classroom/Teacher/Department webpages - teachers can make static and/or dynamic webpages (using the WYSIWYG interface), can bring in RSS feeds, Google Calendars, or anything else with linkable web content.
Mobile Access - by using a modified version of WordPress, our sites work with the WordPress apps (successfully tested on iPhone app).
Please note: This service is being discontinued, effective June 30, 2016.