There are three basic ways to start educational blogging.

1. Personal blogging websites

Some personal blogging websites are free (typically advertising based), while others charge to host your blogging account. An example of a free service is Google's Blogger, which allows you to sign up and start blogging within a few minutes.

Free Sites:


FTP-based Blogging Software:
Thingamablog - Useful when you have traditional access to a web server where you have to transfer (via FTP) the web pages and content to the server but lack access to a database-backed blog (which is what most people use).

Non-free Sites:


2. Teacher or Community Websites

These sites, too, can be free or for charge, but they allow a teacher or parent to set up a number of individual blogs under a single website. A little more difficult to set up, but one of the advantages of these community sites is that there are often controls or restrictions for the administrator: from restricting the viewing of the blogs to specific groups or individuals, to having to preview blogs or comments before they are posted.

Free Sites:

Classblogmeister created by David Warlick
Gaggle free email and blog hosting

3. Server-based

You can also set up blog-hosting software on your own server or through a hosting account at an internet service provider.
This option, while the most complicated to install and manage, provides for a full range of options and controls. You can also follow 5 Steps to District Blogs, a presentation to help you get past the "political" issues.


WordPress - View Example in K-12 School District
b2Evolution - View Example in K-12 School District
Pivotx used: Sandaig Primary flat file so no database need on server.

*Tutorials for WordPress and b2Evolution are available online. Print Tutorials for Blog Platforms & Tools

Service Providers

Sevice Providers That Offer Blog-hosting Software Packages:

4. Readers and Feeds

What is a "Feed?"

Wikipedia defines a "web feed" as:

"a document (often XML-based) which contains content items, often summaries of stories or weblog posts with web links to longer versions." (link)

Basically, a feed allows you to "subscribe" to a blog or other any other updated web content, when established by the web provider. This means that instead of visiting every day every blog or web page that interests you to see what is new, you can use one program (a feed "reader") to see any new content from any of the web pages or services that you have subscribed to.

When a blog has been set up with a feed, you will see some kind of icon or link on the blog indicating the feed or the company being used to provide a feed. Common feed format are RSS (Really Simple Syndication) and Atom, and a common color used to denote a feed is orange. Often the icon or link is associated with a particular "feed reader" (see below), and clicking on the link will automatically add the blog's feed to that reader if you are already using it.

Feed Readers

Feed Reader Desktop Feed Reader for Windows (Free)
NetNewsWire Lite Desktop Feed Reader for Mac OS X (Free)
NetNewsWire full version not lite is now free as are NewsFire and Vienna. Vienna is open source all for Mac OS X.

5. Tagging

6. Expert Advice

What Edubloggers say about how to blog:
10 habits of bloggers that Win - Vicki A. Davis, coolcatteacher
How to set up a class blog using classblogmeister by Vicki Davis
How to start blogging in 5.401 words by Marco Richter

7. What is a Trackback and why would you use it?