A new blogging platform created specifically for teachers and students is going live this week at 21Classes. (Full disclosure: I was a paid consultant on the project.) The gist is that teachers can easily set up classroom portals and individual student blogs that have varying levels of transparency and make it easy for teachers to monitor and/or moderate workflow at every level. Now I’ll be honest that I haven’t dug into the finished product as much as I need to, so I can’t yet vouch for the full execution of the ideas, but I will say that the intent was to create the type of environment that would allow teachers and students the ability to work in private or public and would create some avenues for individual feedback among them. You can get a list of the features here.
The free version of the site includes 2MB of space for each student up to 50 but includes Google ads. For $8.95 a month, you get 25MB of space for each student up to 100 sites with no ads and some other options.
If you do give this a shot, let me know what you think.