The new service comes with a host of free features and tools, including automatic sharing on social networks and multiple-site creation (under the same account). Teacher can make their blogs private, create password-protected pages, and turn comments off. Design customization is also possible with a choice of 12 education-based themes:
“Maybe your English Grammar class needs a formal, college-ruled look — Runo Lite should do the trick,” says Caroline Moore on the WordPress.com blog. “Or perhaps your kindergarten website needs a whimsical touch-up — enter our newest theme, Chalkboard."
"Designed by Edward Jenkins, Chalkboard is the perfect theme for a K-12 classroom website. It looks just like its namesake, complete with bottom-resting eraser and chalk, and supports multiple widget areas, custom header, background, and more. Read more about Chalkboard on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your blog by going to Appearance -> Themes in your Dashboard.”
Like any other WordPress blog, users have the ability to add images and photo galleries, and embed videos to their posts. Paid upgrades are also available for those interested in more personalization.
For more information on WordPress.com Classrooms, visit http://wordpress.com/classrooms.
What do you think of this new product? If you are a teacher, will you try it?