Selección de ferramentas de blog

Selección de ferramentas de blog


Open AcademicOpenAcademic

Those of us distraught by the turn suggested by Blackboard's patent announcement and suit against Desire2Learn can take heart from the following announcement from OpenAcademic:

"We are happy to announce the launch of the OpenAcademic project. This project is dedicated to integrating Elgg, Drupal, Moodle, and Mediawiki. All code developed under this project will be released back to the respective communities under an open source license, and it will be freely available to download and distribute."

The project's home page is at

Academic Commons, 02/09/06

Bill Fitzgerald: Elgg, Drupal, and Moodle -- the components of an online learning environment

Bill Fitzgerald: Elgg, Drupal, and Moodle -- the components of an online learning environment

Elgg, Drupal, and Moodle all have a role to play in providing tools for learning communities. The example outlined in this post illustrates one way these three applications can work together in an academic setting. At the outset, however, it needs to be stressed that this is one solution chosen from among many. These three applications can be used by different institutions in different ways in response to specific institutional needs.



Elgg is the creation of Ben Werdmuller and David Tosh. The concept behind the system is to develop a fully customizable learning landscape. To achieve this Elgg is a hybrid of weblogging, e-portfolios and social networking. It is hoped this combination of features will provide an engaging environment for learners to create their own learning space and then connect to others, forming online communities of learning.

Learning is not a solitary pursuit and we feel real strength can be achieved from the creation of learning communities. Students interacting with: peers, tutors, lecturers, resources etc. The sharing of knowledge, ideas and problems can help foster a sense of belonging and development.

There are two options to get an Elgg account. You can register for an individual account hosted by Elgg or you can take the system and install it on your own server. Elgg is an open source application.

It is hoped Elgg will be a fun, useful tool which gives learners the opportunity to find resources and people relevant to them, creating powerful communities of learning.

We would really appreciate all feedback and comments so we can continue to develop and improve the system. We would also appreciate details on your usage habits and features you would like to see added.

What is the purpose of Elgg?

Elgg has been developed to serve as a stand alone personal learning landscape or as a complimentary addition to existing learning environments. The emphasis with Elgg is very much on the learner. Elgg looks to give learners the means to control and own their own development and growth through the use of everyday web technologies.

Elgg's initial concept was as a different type of e-portfolio, developed to contrast most current e-portfolio systems which are nothing more than form filling exercises to satisfy institutional requirements.

However, as the system has grown and developed (thanks to huge user input) Elgg has morphed into what we have coined a personal learning landscape. This learning landscape provides learners with the ability to control their own learning through the creation of their own online learning communities (both formal and ad-hoc), connection to other learners and resources, reflective potential, information gathering and sharing.

Elgg: Weblogs e redes sociais para a educación

Elgg: Weblogs e redes sociais para a educación

Elgg é unha ferramenta de código libre dirixida a construír redes sociais en educación, conectando profesores, alumnos e recursos a través de comunidades de aprendizaxe.Cada usuario:

  • dispón dun blog
  • un espazo de carga de arquivos que lle permite compartilos
  • pode crear un amplo perfil de usuario
  • pode crear redes de amigos
  • pode crear comunidades que dispoñan dos seus propios blogs e listas de pertencia

Elgg permite a libre categorización e o envío por RSS de todo tipo de contidos. Cada usuario pode definir os niveis de acceso (en varios graos) públicos ou privados  a cada un dos seus contidos (arquivos cargados, envíos de blog individual e de comunidade, datos de perfís...). Cada usuario pode crear os seus propios grupos (de entre os seus amigos) e usalos para controlar quen pode acceder a cada tipo de contido.

A aplicación pode ser descargada e instalada nun servidor, pero tamén é posible rexistrarse en, crear un perfil de usuario e sumarse ás comunidades existentes.

Drupal for educational sites

Drupal for educational sites - I've spent the evening catching up on my aggregator reading. It's been a fascinating set of reading that is really chiming with where my work life appears to be headed, assuming I can find the time to keep up. More about that will follow. I followed a link from ...From [Edu_RSS]

It's about the Community Plumbing: The Social Aspects of Content Management Systems

It's about the Community Plumbing: The Social Aspects of Content Management Systems -

Abstract submitted for Computers and Writing Online 2005

Co-authored by Charles Lowe and Dries Buytaert

In the summer of 2003, we worked on creating a general description of Drupal--an open source content management system (CMS)--for the About page on While Drupal is clearly within the class of applications know as content management systems, we felt that to describe it with that term alone would not present a clear picture of the breadth and range of Drupal's capabilities. Thus, the final description ended up describing Drupal with a total of four characteristics, although notably not distinct:

  • content management
  • weblog
  • discussion-based community software
  • collaboration


Blogbinders - " helps you turn your blog into a bound book - great as a gift, an archive, or even to sell to your readers!" Blogbinders Blog types supported: LiveJournal, Movable Type, TypePad, Blogger and DeadJournal Listed on Blogging tools... [E-Learning Centre]

Gallina: a GMail based blog

Gallina: a GMail based blog - Gallina is a GMail blog tool created by Jonathan Hernandez that uses GMail messages as "entries" (so 1000 MB of entries!!), replies to conversations are the "entry comments", uses Libgmailer (gmail-lite project) to connect to GMail. It uses XML/XSLT and by the way it's a GPL software. You can download it there. See the Gallina Demo Blog<


Thingamablog - "Thingamablog is a cross-platform, standalone blogging application that makes authoring and publishing your weblogs almost effortless. Unlike most blogging solutions, Thingamablog does NOT require a third-party blogging host, a cgi/php enabled web host, or a MySQL database. In fact, all you need to setup, and manage, a blog with Thingamablog is FTP, SFTP, or network access to a web server." Thingamablog Download the beta version Listed on Blogging tools... [E-Learning Centre]

Moveable Type 3.1 as Coursware

Moveable Type 3.1 as Coursware - From Weblogg-ed News:

Liz Lawley thinks the new version of Moveable Type will be a lot more teacher friendly.

The announcement about new features in the upcoming MT3.1 release has gotten me excited about revising my courseware for this fall. In particular, the multi-blog option (≥A plugin which allows you to include template content from one weblog in any other weblog in your Movable Type install≈), the post scheduling, and the improved php/dynamic capability will all make it much easier to create a more robust courseware implementation that doesn≠t require nearly so much by-hand duplication of content when creating multiple sections of a course, or new course instances from one quarter/semester to another.
Weblogg-ed News

See the title link and/or the Weblogg-ed News link for more.


Blog tools

Blog tools

Opinion columnists may not have views any better than your own, but they have one thing you probably don't—an audience. Fortunately, you don't have to convince J. Jonah Jameson to hire you. A blog can help you disseminate your views, and a hosted blog service can help you get started cheaply and easily. You can write about politics, gardening, your cats—anything you like. Depending on the service, you can post to your blog by browser, e-mail, or even phone. Enthusiastic bloggers can post breaking news before Peter Parker makes the scene. Neil J Rubenking, PC Magazine, 30 December 2003

Choosing a blogging package for students

Choosing a blogging package for students

I was recently commissioned with the task of selecting an appropriate blogging tool for our upcoming Intellectual Property Weblog class. Selecting blogging software is becoming increasingly tricky, in part because there are so many packages out there, and because so many of them are so good. All have been appending each other's features as time goes on, making their advantages progressively less distinct. Scot Hacker, O'Reilly Network, 23 August 2002

BlogComp: Blog Tool Feature Comparison Table

BlogComp: Blog Tool Feature Comparison Table

There are so many weblog/blog tools available these days, it's difficult to know which one to choose. Hopefully this table will help you choose the tool that's right for you, by listing the features offered by each.



LiveJournal is a simple-to-use (but extremely powerful and customizable) personal publishing ("blogging") tool, built on open source software.

Movable Type

Movable Type

It is a decentralized, web-based personal publishing system designed to ease maintenance of regularly updated news or journal sites, like weblogs.

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