In my web development class, I want our students to create their own blog in order to write weekly posts about class topics and in order for manipulation in later assignments. But I would also like those same posts to appear on a separate class blog. The class blog will consolidate all of the individual posts into a centralized location, besides providing additional resources for our students. So I'm trying to discover the best set of technologies for easily setting up this framework.
- The class blog already exists as a WordPress custom install. No decision has been made on the student blog platform, but I'm leaning towards Blogger for easy integration with Google AdSense.
- The final solution has to be a free and web based.
- It has to be easy to set up and use for my students as most of them are not familiar with web publishing yet.
- It requires minimal effort on my part.
- WordPress allows remote publishing with either ATOM or XML-RPC. So the capability should be there for some sort automated solution.
- Ping.fm does allow publishing to multiple blogs. The down side is that it does not contain a WYSIWYG editor and may require more set up skills than the students have at this point.
- I'm still researching if FeedBurner can accomplish what I want. It may require installation of a widget feed reader on the class blog. Not ideal because of the time it would require of me to setup and maintain.
- Microsoft Word has attempted to integrate Blog writing into the software, but I've had difficulties getting it to work with Blogger. I haven't tried it with WordPress. And since Word is not web based, I would prefer to stay away from it.
- I could just require students to copy and paste posts in two places. Bad for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the time involved on their part.