I teach elemeentary students and have a blog for our room. I want the students to comment on the writing our own students create and post. I don't mind if outside people comment (I will moderate) but I have to control every kid's experience or the school will not allow the activity at all.
Now I want to register them to comment on each others' writing. WP seems to require that they have their own e-mail account. This won't be possible as few families with computers would allow this. Between half to two-thirds have no computers anyway. I am very hesitant to create a bunch of unused yahoo (or other free service) accounts. Is there a level of user that does not require this? My research in Role and Capabilities dowes not answer this "e-mail required" question.
I have this blog now on WordPress hosting, so plug-ins are not an option. This summer I will start a new blog or re-work all the content for my new fifth grade class (changing from third) and I will switch to hosting it on my own web-space-providor's servers. I will gain much more flexibility, I know.
Still, though, any answers for NOW? I'd like to give the students a quick taste of blogging before June 7th, the last day.