For over a decade Edublogs has been my go-to recommendation for anyone looking to start a classroom blog or website outside of the Google environment. One of the reasons for this recommendation is the priority that Edublogs places on the protection of the confidentiality of content and the management of student accounts by teachers. That’s why I recommended Edublogs earlier this week to a reader of my newsletter who asked me for a recommendation for a platform elementary students could use to collaborate on a website without the site having to be public.
In Edublogs you and your students can create fully private or semi-private blogs. A fully private blog can be created by password protecting the entire site or selectively password protecting individual blog posts and pages. In this short video I show how to apply all these settings.
Applications for education
Starting a private or semi-private blog in Edublogs can be a good way for students to chronicle and share their learning experiences over the course of a semester or year. Doing this not only provides students with a way to reflect on what they have learned, but it also provides a way for them to practice and develop their writing skills.