21classes is a blogging tool for teachers and students. It is ideal for the classroom due to its comprehensive moderation system. Here is the sign up page. If you wish to sign up now or later I will talk you through each step.

Once signed up the first thing to do is to set your welcome message. To do this you must have logged in using your username and password and then click on administration to get to the 'dashboard'. The dashboard is where you create new entries, manage your class blogs and change the look and feel of the blog.

Dashboard Walkthrough


Classroom Homepage

  • New Entry is where you click to enter an entry on the blogportal.
  • You can also click Edit entries here to review all entries and make any required changes.
  • Categories is where you can decide 'categories' for posts. For example, if you are going to post Homework or Current Events etc.
  • Welcome text is where you can edit the text that the students and readers see when they first click on your blog. You can insert images and change this regularly if you wish.
  • Display News box is where you choose which category is going to be displayed in the sidebar.
  • Links/Blogroll - click here to set up lists of links to go on the sidebar of the blog. For example, you may choose to have all your favourite sites as one list and other blogs you read as another.
  • Manage Images and Files is where you can store and organise images that you use on your blog, for example, your school logo.
  • More options gives you an extended list of blog administration tools.


Student Accounts

  • Manage and add student accounts is where you go to view the students that are connected to the blogportal. Here you can designate usernames, change passwords, log on as a student or even block a student. Here is alos where you add new students. Your students DO NOT require email addresses and it is easy to do a bulk addition of students.
  • Review of entries and comments brings you to the moderation panel - see below for more info on this
  • Students' blog settings is where you can set up who can see their blog - whether you want it public or private and whether their entires and comments need to be approved by you first. This is highly recommended when you are first beginning blogging as you have control over what gets posted and can ensure content is appropriate.
  • Sign up settings - I don't use this but if you wanted other people outside of your class to join up this is where you set up the requirements.
  • Students dashboard - this is where you write the message that sits on their dashboard or administration page.
  • More options - an extended list of more complex options

Reviewing entries and comments is easy - you can either click the review and comment button or just click the button under 'Accept' and then press save




  • Layouts for your Portal's homepage is where you can select from a range of pre configured themes. Or click 'edit layout' to change the colours and upload pictures in the background or change the header.
  • Layouts for students - same as above - you can select a default theme for the student blogs
  • Categories for student blogs is where you can set categories for student blog entries. For example, Written Language and Interests.
  • More options is really important here as this is where you will find 'Buttons' which is where you need to go to add widgets on to the blog - more about that later.

The other options on the dashboard are fairly self - explanatory. If you are ever stuck or cant find something - try clicking on 'All Features' and looking through that comprehensive list.


Examples of blogging with 21classes:

Year 5/6
Year 5/6
Year 5/6
Year 8
Grade 5