I had a great day today working with about 20 students, grades 5-8, and their teacher in Greenville School near Marietta, Oklahoma. I helped them get a new class blog started using b2evolution. I settled on b2evolution as the blogging tool because:

  • b2evolution does not require students to have email addresses to setup accounts (they can use a dummy account like “none@none.com”)– unforunately both learnerblogs and blogger DO require student email accounts.
  • ClassBlogmeister is a great tool, but it is controlled by David Warlick, and I need a software tool I can use and setup directly without working through an intermediary (even though David is a GREAT guy and very helpful– he’s just often pretty busy!)
  • November Learning Communities has great classroom blogging software, but it costs big $$$. b2evolution is free.
  • b2evolution supports creation of multiple blogs from the same mySQL database. My web host limits me to five mySQL databases, so this is a VERY big deal. (I don’t have enough mySQL accounts to setup a new wordpress blog for each classroom I want to help like this.)
  • b3evolution is free, and was FAIRLY straightforward to setup (as web apps involving mySQL using PHPmyadmin and ftp go…..)

Now I need to do a few tweaks to the install: get the .htaccess file set to improve performance, fix the default homepage, and implement a b2evolution hack Miguel told me about that permits comment moderation. šŸ™‚

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3 Responses to Great day with b2evolution!

  1. Check your email! Kudos to my team for putting it all together in the format they shared…it’s worth sharing with others!

  2. Wesley Fryer says:

    Kudos to YOU for being so willing to share ideas and best practices. THANKS! šŸ™‚

  3. I’ve been using Classblogmeister with my students, and I share your sentiments about the quality of this product. b2evolution looks very good, but is it really free? What is this business about a monthly rate for hosting the blog? Is there a free web-based method for using this blogging tool? If not, isn’t it an unfair comparison.

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