Blogs have become one of the most used tools among teachers. They have many benefits for teachers, students and their families. If you are planning to create a blog for your class, here is a compilation of platforms that you can use.
Not only blogs, but also webpages. This is what Weebly offers. It uses a simple widget-based site builder that you operate in the web browser. All the elements are drag-and-drop so it is really easy to configure. This tool generates also a mobile version of your blog automatically.
You can have your personal domain by paying an annual fee. If not, the default domain is .weebly.com
Storage through Weebly is unlimited. However, the service restricts individual file sizes.
By using education.weebly.com you can administer your students’ accounts, create online tasks and inform their parents.
Easy, safe and secure. It allows you easily create & manage student and teacher blogs, quickly customize designs and include videos, photos & podcasts.
However, if you want to manage your students’ accounts you have to upgrade to a “pro” version. This has a cost of about 40$ per year. This “pro” version also allows you to have multiple authors, which is forbidden with the free account.
It is a shame that the free version offers so little: you cannot neither include videos nor custom HTML to embed items into posts. You are allotted a free space of 32.00 MB.
If you are not an expert, this is one of the simplest platform and it is absolutely free. In less than 15 minutes you can create your first post by using some of their templates. If you don’t like any of them, you can download millions of free templates that are on the net and adapt them to your necessities.
It supports 100 users, so you can have many publishers: colleagues, friends, students’ families… And it is possible to have a mobile version too.
It hasn’t got any advertisement, although if you want to insert them the only thing you have to do is to create an account on Google Adsense and generate the kind of ads you want to show. But… don’t expect to be rich instantly.
The price of having your own domain is about 15$ per year.
It is one of the most popular blogging platforms nowadays. This is a little more complicated than the previous one but it has plenty of options. When you sign up you can set up the blog on your own server or on a WordPress-hosted blog. The number of array of configurations is so big that you may be lost at first, but after watching some tutorials and examples it is easy to manage too.
It supports multiple authors and you can use your own domain by paying around 25$ per year.
Unfortunately, if you want to remove the ads that appear on your blog, it is necessary to pay a fee and, even if you want to have them, it is very difficult to obtain any money for publicity.
Now, take your time and start to publish!
María Pérez Navarro