Hi Everyone - This is my first post! I'm looking for a simple classroom blog application that does not require that students have email accounts. We use PB Wiki as a pseudo blog but it does not allow for threaded discussions.. Does anyone know of one that is easy to set up and not confusing for elementary students! Thanks!

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Donna,
Go to classchatter.com and set up an account. You, as the teacher, assign students to the class and they sign in with their name and an assigned password. No one outside the class can see their blogs. We're using it in Louisiana, and it works very well.
Marge
Thanks so much Marge! This is just what I was looking for ! On a personal note, I live in Massachusetts but I met my husband in an AOL chatroom for widows and widowers way back in 1995.. he had been living in Louisiana with his (now late) wife.. I've visited Louisiana a couple of times !
I really have to praise the creator of this site. This truly seems a labor of love with no ulterior profit motive.

If you needs something more full featured, I'd recommend an inexpensive web hosting account and install WordPress. It is simple to do and is arguably the best blogging platform. You can enter children accounts using fake email address, then set the password from the admin interface.
Thanks Steve! I agree with you about this site.. I will compare WordPress and Classchatter ... We also have blogging capabilities within our own server software (Mac) but it's pretty crude.. I'll keep you posted!
You can run WordPress on a Mac server! Better yet, you could run WordPressMu which gives you a multiple blog system. You might be able to run a pretty amazing set up!
One of the guys here at CR 2.0 just set up a class account with no ads for $30.00 a year with classchatterlive.com (the new class chatter) and said he liked it so far, you could check into that. N
Thanks Nancy - I did see that they have a newer version available.. will definitely have to check it out.. it's certainly reasonably priced..
Donna
The guy that's using it says it's 'plain vanilla' but the support was excellent.
I already use PBWiki for wiki-type conversations but it doesn't allow threaded discussions.. Do you know if WikiSpaces does? Thanks for taking the time to share...
Donna
Donna, No, wikis are not blogs. Blogs are not wikis. Use the right tool for the job.
Exactly.. hence my search for an easy blog tool for kids..
Here's our class blog, it's the best but built and served privately.

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