I’ll be the first to admit it – if you’re interested in starting a blog for your classroom, but you’re not sure how to do it, EduBlogs is a great place to do it. There’s a built in online community of educators who blog.
But there are limitations: you can’t install plugins which are little programs that people around the world develop for free to expand what you can do with WordPress. You can get plugins to add little flags identifying where your commenters come from. You can get plugins to allow you to easily embed photos or videos. You can get plugins to do pretty much anything.
But on EduBlogs, you can only get the plugins that they’ve installed. In other words, you’re using WordPress to power your blog, but you’re not able to use it to it’s true potential. WordPress is free software. Anyone can install it to host their own blog. Edublogs has installed it, but so can you.
But, if you’re going to pay to upgrade your EduBlogs account to get more features, why not host your own WordPress blog on your own webhost and unlock all of the features that WordPress has to offer.
For more information on how to set up an edublog for your classroom, visit http://blog.classroomteacher.ca where you’ll find this information as well as more information about educational technology ranging from digital projectors to SMART Boards.