Tom pretty much breaks down my post from yesterday line by line in terms of how Plone might be able to support our needs. I really appreciate his efforts in creating and thinking about education specific CMS stuff, and I think he understands most of the limitations and requirements of such a system for schools. I’m not really familiar with Plone, but I did dig around on their site a bit this morning. What’s immediately scary is the thought of having to learn a whole new system, but with Tom’s responses in mind, it seems there may be some reason to dig deeper. Obvioulsy, it seems Plone has been pretty widely adopted, and that from the user interface standpoint it can be pretty much whatever we want it to be.
I’m thinking that maybe we could get together a BOF at BloggerCon to talk about all of this stuff. I truly believe there is a need, that as much as I like Manila and think it comes pretty close to being an answer, its lack of development makes me wonder as to whether it can be made even more effective for a K-12 installation. (It’s kind of ironic to me that they feature school sites on the Userland site, but the frustrating thing to me is that there has been absolutely no communication from the new management group as to their direction or timetables for anything. Have I mentioned that I think there’s a big potential market out there for this stuff? Ah…what do I know?)