So, to continue, let’s move on to how I organize this website.
Want a stylish, professional blogging software. Yes, I use blogger for some personal blogs, but when I want a large amount of flexibility and professional templates, WordPress is it! And being open source, of course you have access to a huge amount of plugins and additional features. For instance, I use two different spam plugins to remove all the many spam comments that I do not want for the website.
Over my educational career, I have seen districts use WordPress to provide individualized teacher websites. Teachers only need to use a browser to log in and post homework assignments, show pictures and videos, and load files such as permission slips. Definitely a great way to do this. Also, users can have their blogs hosted by WordPress for free (or pay for an external host) or a district can host them internally. You could even use WordPress for a small-scale intranet for your system. A ton of flexibility by this very robust tool.
So you want photo sharing? But you also want to stay clear of the problems of flick, photobucket, and other online hosting sites? Not too keen on opening your system to the inappropriate photos, spyware, and even viruses? Then Gallery2 may be what you need. Like WordPress, you can install the application on your own internal webhosts. Again, a variety of templates and themes exist, so you can individualize your albums to meet your needs. Tagging is also possible, so you could in essence tag science experiments, field trips, teachers, and so much more. Another nice feature is that you can have Gallery2 integrate into your existing website.
More to come including Joomla!, Moodle, phpBB, and Drupal!