I set up our school website (http://www.porchester.notts.sch.uk
) a while ago using Typepad as we wanted a dynamic site that constantly (and easily) updated, would allow parents and pupils to comment and interact on it, and would be easy to grab a feed from.
We now have every pupil in school using a blog (learning space) too - Typepad, naturally! - and currently we have around 200 learning spaces (150 active, 50 from previous pupils that we have archived).
It is a long and drawn out process of setting each child up with their learning space - create it / name it / theme it / remove unwanted categories / add relevant categories / invite author (pupil) / go into their school email to accept invitation / set up Typepad account... Each blog set up takes between 15 - 20 minutes on a good day.
I'd like to recommend other schools go down the same route as us, but cannot see them being happy at having to do so much work. It would be a much easier sell this to other schools if the administrator had...
* An overview of ALL blogs on one page with radio button options to "make global changes to selected blogs" including design changes / enabling comments / enabling twitter feeds / etc
* The ability to post an initial global welcome message (as admin) to all selected blogs from admin account
* The ability to delete selected blog authors in one go (once pupils have left us)
* The ability to set up bulk blogs using a .csv / excel file that includes...
1. Name of blog
2. Blog url
3. Design style
4. Additional author name
5. Additional author email
* A way to link to a single mobile CSS stylesheet for all pupil spaces rather than have to manually upload the CSS file to each and every pupil blog folder in the File Manager area.
* The ability to allow comments only from registered users within the school account (ie no external commenting that could be unsuitable) by having an "allow comments from white list" option - where only pupil email addresses are listed.
* A simplified login page (or embeddable widget) for pupils that only offers them username / password, and no access to other peoples blogs / the QotD (imagine how awkard it would be to explain to a parent if an unsuitable question popped up)
Sorry for the long list, but for education users these features would be awesome, and I'm sure it would tempt more schools towards the Typepad blogging solution.