From COSN: Blogging in schools

Two companies are here with tools to facilitate blogging in schools. Of course, this is pretty tricky to do right. In a world where authorities are blocking access in a CYA fashion, it’s nice to see these tools here to allow kids to blog and email in a safe and controlled way.

ePals has a nice looking system, and a good team here at the show. ePals is cool because it allows kids to interact in a safe environment – but interact with other schools around the world. They are approaching this as a world-wide linking thing rather than the simple and lame approach of just blocking access to blogs. Their UI is nice and clean, friendly, easy and even includes a translation feature – this is a REALLY cool idea. It’s nice to think of kids being able to communicate with other school kids in Spain, say. They are doing the same with email, and appear to be leaders in this  field.

Tim from ePals

The other company here doing similar stuff is Gaggle.net. They have a blogging component, but seem to be focused on email. They offer the same translation options, but include some anti-pornography stuff, and monitoring.

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