Blogging: Blog Features & Services
There are many blog hosting services and resources. Most are for the general public rather than specifically for educators. It's often free for the basic service, but things like graphics and additional services are an additional charge.
When selecting blogging software, ask about the following features:
- HTML Editor
- Search Engine
- User interaction
- File space
- Password access
- Customization - look ‘n feel
- Bookmarking and linking
Dedicated Online Hosting Services
Most people start by joining a free or low-cost blog hosting service. The advantage of this approach is that you don't have to deal with any of the technical issues. The disadvantage is that the service may change without notice.
Blogger (Powered by Google)
This is by far the most popular and has cool, easy-to-use templates. It's not easy to make it private, so have students use pen names. When you create a blog, the address is blogspot.com. Go to create an account to get started.
Great blog resource for teachers from Dave at Landmarks.
You can join for free and get limited space.
This site has many teen users.
Open access environment for educators.
You can join for free and upgrade for a fee. It's easy to make it private and create "friend" lists. Owned by the makers of Movable Type.
Build a free blog.
Designed specifically for teachers. Blogging is $5 per month.
Free web journaling service.
Free blog service
Free, flexible blog service. Just $1.99 per month for pro service with graphics. Very easy to use, but somewhat limited without the pro version.. Sign-up, then get an email to complete registration. They recommend Photobucket.com for visuals. Your blog address will be something like http://eduscapes.tblog.com/
Unlimited photos and journaling, but many ads.
Locate other blog hosts.
Website Tools for Bloggers
Allows you to create and organize bookmarks.
Social bookmarking manager that lets you share your collection of links by category.
Known as "your personal web", it helps you save, search, and share your favorite websites. It's like a bookmarking tool that actually stores the site.
Visuals for Bloggers
Online sharing community for photographs.
Free accounts to store and annotate pictures. Create an account and post to any blog. With the free account you can upload 10MB of photos each month for free. You need to use it every 45 days for it to stay active. Check out a couple great examples including mharrsch's photo sets. There are 2766 photos you can use in blogs including West, battlefields, flora, wild kingdom, dinosaurs, National Museum of the Ameican Indiana, Roman Empire, Landscapes, China, Colonial Life, Egyptians, Civil War, leaders, Greeks, and much more! You can use them for educational purposes! You can also do a search for a topic such as "kids." You could also look up architecture, street, or signs to use for geometry activities.
Online photo albums, limited space.
You get 25 megs of free space at 1500 megs of bandwidth per month. Sign-up, then get an email to complete registration.
Hello + Picasa 2
Powered by Google, requires free downloaded software for Windows only.
Share photos from your wireless handhelds.
Audio/Podcasting for Bloggers
Try a trial. You can attacn sounds to many blogs such as blogger.
From blogger.com comes audioblogger.com
Podscope: Audio video Search Engine
Free, cross platform sound editor.
Learn to create podcasts
GarageBand from Apple
Learn to create podcasts with GarageBane for Mac.
Create a free podcast
Create a free podcast (uses phone or uploaded file)
HandyBits: Voice Mail for Kids
Tools for creating audio to send as email or enter in blogs. Download freeware.
Audioblogs - Audblogs or Podcasting
- Audiacity - open source software to producing blogs
- Audio blog
- Audioblogging - audblog service for audio blogging
- Audioblogging 2.0
- CBC Podcasting
- Directory of Podcasts
- Education Podcast Network
- e-learning queen
- e-learning podcasting
- Podcasts for educators, schools, and colleges
- Podcast Alley
- Probing podcasting
Audio in School Blogs
Video for Bloggers
Videoblogs - Vogging or video blogging
- ANT - an RSS video aggregator and media player for Mac OS
- Vogging - vlog 3.0 - video blogging
- Freevlog - free videoblog service
- YouTube - video storage and access
You may prefer to incorporate blog software into your own website. The advantage is that you have more control over your blog environment. The disadvantage is that you need some technical expertise. The following interfaces work well for blogging.
Blog Software Breakdown
Explore a comparison of blog software options.
Manila is a server side application used by UserLand.
Premier weblog publishing platform. Very popular tool from Six Apart.
Free open source blog software.
Other Subscription Services