Blogging Platforms for Educators Compared

The first five blog platforms were chosen due to their ease of access and ability for teachers to use them with their students,

depending on the purpose of their digital conversations.


If you have experience with these platforms, add information on the comparison matrix below:

If you have another platform that you would like to add, feel free to do so.

Blogging Platform

Cost
Has Security settings
Global
audience? RSS feed?
Adding users
(ease of use)
html code
can be embedded
Widgets
available
media can
be added
(video, audio, images)
podcasts can be
down-
loaded from blog post, or just played
Can comment
to comments
Students
can
create
own
blogs

Edublogs

Basic
Free (20MB)
Pro (5GB) 14.95/3 months or
39.95 a year
Yes
can moderate comments, or not
Yes
RSS
feed to posts,
not comments unless supporter
now has rss 'subscribe' button built in
Can leave email address blank, none needed to add users
supporter allows you to add more users at a time
Yes, can switch from html to visual editor
More with Supporter but can add html code in text widget for any needed
Yes
Played,
not down-
loaded
need to host externally (iTunes etc)
With supporter status
Can add users and be co-administrator for those users/blogs
Campus allows for full teacher/student
blogging platform

Class Blogmeister

Free
need to get school code
Yes
Yes, can be set
email addresses option
Yes, but only in class description
and bio info for right sidebar
Only as html some restrictions
with location of
images- yes
video can be embedded when in 'text' mode


Yes

Blackboard Blogs

Cost per
course
Yes- only enrolled students can read and respond
Harder to get to,
visitors can't see or add to blogs
No RSS
Students enrolled (need account), or can set-up for self enrollment with password
Yes, can switch from html to visual editor
Only through pasting html code of widget
Yes
some format restrictions
Yes, if you add as file as well as adding audio controls
No, only comment to blog post
Yes, all enrolled students can have own

SchoolBlog

by ePals
Is being phased out due to dev of their Learningspace product
Free
Staff sets up accounts, are very helpful
Yes
Can be as secure or as open as you decide
With settings, can be available
and added
to sidebar
need email address
Teacher can add or have students request
Not available
with reg
text editor
Other way?
Not that
I can find
images-yes
but
cumber-
some
video- no
Can add mp3 file to any post which can then be added to RSS feed
Yes, can
Yes, setting
KidBlogby Wordpress
Free
yes
With setttings this can be viewed globally but NO RSS.
No email necessary. Very easy to add users.
yes
only within blog posts. Not in margins.
YES ~ very easy to use. No html needed.
Play an audio file only.
yes
yes.

Blogger

free
yes
yes with settings
Need gmail account to add users.
Yes
Lots
Yes-very easy to add photos/vid
Can add mp3 but need to host externally
No
Yes


Blogging Platforms

Other comments or thoughts about these platforms

Edublogs

example: Technology ChatterThis example is supporter level

  • Basic plan is basic- if you want more you need to upgrade (cost is fairly low for supporter)
  • Many different roles (permission levels) to choose, giving teacher lots of control
  • Unlimited number of blogs per account
  • Teachers can add users and be co-administrators of those blogs
  • Great support blog

Class Blogmeister

example: Digital Conversations

Blackboard Blogs

  • If you have Blackboard already in place at your school district this is an easy way for teachers and students to start blogging.
  • It is a more restricted environment and not easily shared globally.
  • Can't be customized like other blogs
  • Has html and visual choices for posts, but html doesn't always work well

SchoolBlog

example: Blogging to Learn
  • VERY SLOW- being phased out- not recommended to start with, we will be moving existing blogs to another platform
  • Has polling piece built in for students to vote on homepage
  • Can be as restricted, or as open as you want
  • There are a lot of possibilities for personalizing your blog, but navigation can sometimes be difficult to figure out
  • ePals has a great 'Teacher's Guide' to go along with using SchoolBlog
  • Recently has had issues with getting bogged down, slow- support doesn't have explanation to issue
  • No support for html code to add widgets.

KidBlog

Example: Room129
  • Clean interface for students and teachers ~ No advertisements
  • Incredibly easy to insert pictures, audio, and video with just one click. No HTML necessary.
  • Made by Wordpress ~ so it looks and feels like an Edublog
  • NO FEE to get student blogs ~ unlike Edublogs
  • No personalization control ~ what you see is what you get.