Write.as is a clean and distraction-free web-based writing and submission platform with built-in support for federated web services like Mastodon. Started in 2015, the platform aims to give users privacy in online writing. A clear statement of principles emphasizes privacy, data freedom and open web advocacy.
Write.as has both $0 and subscription services. There are discounts for teachers. Write.as is one of a number of related products with the stated goal of maintaining data privacy while being simple and straightforward to use (snap.as, draft.as, submit.as). An open-source version for teams or classes can be self-hosted: writefreely
Write.as proposes educational use cases at Write.as for teachers, including anonymous writing submissions, a class blog, or individual student blogs.
Accept written submissions anonymously
This is the simplest use of write.as and requires no sign-up by students. Students simply write an anonymous document and use the automatically-generated link for sharing.
Create a class blog
A teacher can moderate a class blog with students submitting work through the related submit.as service.
Create individual student blogs
Create a static blog-based course website
As an alternative to Jekyll or Hugo or other static site generators, or as a quick, minimal, and lightweight alternative to Wordpress, and as a very lightweight alternative to a traditional LMS, write.as can be used to create a simple class website.
How to use it
The markdown-based editor can be used without an account for anonymous document creation and document sharing. There is a how-to guide for Getting Started. Further guidance and videos are at using.write.as. There is an active community forum for troubleshooting and for more advanced issues.
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