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It's possible to have as many different blogs as needed per user and each blog can have more than one user. Under our current setup each teacher automatically gets one blog when they sign in. If a teacher wants an additional blog an administrator has to create it for them (this may have changed in 3.0--not sure though) and add them as a user. In the case of a teacher having a different blog for each subject/class that's certainly possible but it may be easier for the teacher to have one "master" blog and use categories to separate posts by subject/class. A site in Wordpress can also be organized around pages and sub-pages; that would be another way to keep classes separate while still only having one web site to maintain. How teachers use the blog varies wildly. Our district has offered teachers several options for maintaining web pages, Wordpress being one of them. Some teachers prefer a bare-bones web presence that never gets updated; they generally don't ask for Wordpress blogs. Among those who use Wordpress the most common use is posting homework assignments. Many teachers also use it to post information about their course--the kind of info you would see in a beginning-of-the-year parent letter. Some post pictures from class events or use it to publish examples of student work. Some use it to post documents students need to complete a project. Some actually blog about news and events in their classroom. Usage runs the gamut of options and depends on how comfortable the teacher is communicating online and how valuable they find it (receiving feedback from students and parents usually increases the perceived value). "Do teachers prefer the simplicity of blogging to maintaining a more structured website?" Heck, yeah! Over the years our district has tried teaching teachers to maintain more "traditional" web pages using WYSIWYG software and it has never really worked. Most teachers are not interested in becoming web developers. They want to plug in their info quickly and they want it to magically appear online. Anything more than that takes more time than they fell they can afford. One thing you do want to watch out for: Wordpress is possibly the most popular blogging platform around and as such is a target for hackers and spammers. Make sure you keep your installation up-to-date and backup your database! There are other security tweaks you can perform but simply keeping the software up-to-date is far and away the most important. Chris Ozias Pinckney New Tech High School Pinckney Community Schools, MI > X-From: "Russell, Ken" <Ken.Russell@bellinghamschools.org> > > Is it possible for a teacher to have several different blogs? > > I ask because of a couple of couple of possible scenarios--an elementary > teacher might need only one blog for their one classroom. But a high > school teacher might want a blog for every subject or even every class > they teach. Is it possible to implement the latter? > > Also, I would be interested in hearing how teachers use their blogs, > mostly for posting homework assignments or putting curriculum online? > What are some of the typical uses that occur when teachers are given > easy access to blogging software? Do teachers prefer the simplicity of > blogging to maintaining a more structured website? > > Thanks in advance! --- Edtech Archives, posting guidelines and other information are at: http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~edweb Please include your name, email address, and school or professional affiliation in each posting. To unsubscribe send the following command to: LISTSERV@H-NET.MSU.EDU SIGNOFF EDTECH