Edublogs – Where to set up your classroom

Want to start an educational blog, but not sure how to do it? Well, you have a few options, depending on how comfortable you are with technology.

1. Use the school's web site to publish your study program online.

In general, this is not the most suitable option. First, the person running the school's web site may not have the time to help you publish online studies (or to keep this content up to date). Secondly, most schools' websites are not powered by blogging software (see below), so it may be difficult to publish new content, as well as for visitors to follow comments. Finally, if you change your school, the contents do not follow you and can be deleted when you continue.

2. Set up your blog using packaged sites with weblogs such as Edublogs or Ontario Blogs.

Many teachers join the community of online teachers who are already blogging in the classroom. That way, you can learn from others and see what is possible.

Ontario Blogs is an online project where students from Grades 4-12 in Ontario can write and read posts. All content is controlled by teachers as they are the only ones authorized to post and comment. hosts hundreds of thousands of educational classes. You can easily create and manage student groups or teacher blogs. It is powered by WordPress and you can use multiple WordPress features, including customizable themes. It is easy to install podcasting, video clips and pictures. Because it is powered by WordPress, you have full control over which comments and posts will be published. Any visitor can leave a comment and you can share your comments before they leave your site.

3. Set up your own blog using blogs such as Blogger or WordPress.

Although there are several free blogging platforms, two of the best are Blogger and WordPress.

Blogger is managed by Google and allows you to create a blog. You can choose from a variety of templates and songs (gadgets), including the option of adding Google ads to your blog to earn revenue from your site. (You also have access to your site's HTML code, which means that you have more control over your website than pre-packaged blogs offered by Edublogs or Ontario Blogs. is from or download WordPress software from (this is called a self-hosted WordPress account. See # 4 below.)

Over 3 million blogs are hosted at, have access to various themes and features (equipment) pre-installed in the software Unfortunately, with a free WordPress account, you can't use the site to make money (ie with Google ads) and you have limited access to terms of extra code you can advertise on Your site (ie you do not have access to your site's HTML code on the site), but this will not be a problem r people

4. Set up your own blog on Your Own Independent Hosted Web site

Running a blog on your own website's cost money, requires technical knowledge, but offers flexibility and control. It's not for everyone.

Let's be honest: on average, the teacher doesn't blog in the classroom. Those who do, probably did so because they are interested in technology. They can already manage their school web site or sometimes they contact the teacher on the computer for the school.

Most classroom teachers will choose option 2 or 3 in the list above. If you set up an account with Edublogs or, you will have yourself blogged in minutes and free of charge for you.

There are some who want to blog with the free accounts for a while before they realize they want something more. These are people who will pay out cash to host their blog on their own website. When you run an independently hosted WordPress account on your own web host, it is like opening all the doors and allowing you to customize your site the way you like.


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