WordPress’s plugin architecture enables a broad range of functionality. I have assembled a carefully selected assemblage of proven plugins to provide some unique features which in turn should catalyse innovative pedagogical endeavours.

Plugin Description Activation Functionality
General
Easy Blogging “Modifies the WordPress admin area to default it to a “Beginner” area, with the option to switch to the normal, “Advanced” area” Default Makes the user interface to the WP admin area more friendly with less clutter. Optional
Google Maps “Easily embed, customize, and use Google maps on your WordPress site – in posts, pages or as an easy to use widget,” D does what it says. Use it when you need to
My Page Order “My Page Order allows you to set the order of pages through a drag and drop interface.” D Allows you to easily reorder pages in a menu
Media
Gallery Carousel Without JetPack “Transform your standard galleries into an immersive full-screen experience without requiring you to connect to WordPress.com” D Takes the standard WP gallery (one per post) and enhances it.
GRAND Flash Album Gallery “provides a comprehensive interface for managing photos and images through a set of admin pages, and it displays photos in a way that makes your web site look very professional.” Optional Host your photo gallery onsite with this flexible and powerful tool. Activate when required
Imsanity “stops insanely huge image uploads” D Reduces all uploaded images to a maximum size (currently 2048px) so that you can upload straight from the camera without worrying about disk space quota
Awesome Flickr gallery “simple, fast and light plugin to create a gallery of your Flickr photos” O one of four ways to manage photo galleries
Shashin “A plugin for integrating photos and videos from Picasa, YouTube, and Twitpic in WordPress” O If you’re hosting your photos on Picasa/Google+ this is the way to display them. Powerful and flexible
MediaElement.js – HTML5 Audio and Video “Video and audio plugin for WordPress. Embeds media in your post or page using HTML5 with Flash or Silverlight fallback support for non-HTML5 browsers. Video support: MP4, Ogg, WebM, WMV. Audio support: MP3, WMA, WAV D Create audio playlists from uploaded mp3 files. Play video clips without having to use YouTube
CommentPress
CommentPress core CommentPress allows readers to comment paragraph by paragraph in the margins of a text. You can use it to annotate, gloss, workshop, debate and more! O Powerful system to enable collaborative documents
Co-Authors plus “Allows multiple authors to be assigned to a post.” O Used with CommentPress to attribute co-authors on a single posting
Simple Footnotes Enables easy footnoting in any post or page O Particularly appropriate for CommentPress
BuddyPress functionality
BP Groupblog “Automates and links WPMU blogs groups controlled by the group creator.” D Makes joining a class blog as easy as joinging the group.
BP Group Management “Allows group administrators to manage BuddyPress group membership” D Promote a student to group admin if you wish
Invite Anyone “Allows group admins to invite any member of their BuddyPress community to a group “ D Currently this only operates with members of the Earlham community
System
Autoblog “posts content from RSS feeds to different blogs on your WordPress Multisite..” O Useful for aggregating class blog postings into a single place.
WP-PageNavi “Adds a more advanced paging navigation to your WordPress blog” D Automatically integrated with NomNom theme. Usefull for content heavy sites
WordPress Importer “Import posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from a WordPress export file.” D Import your stuff from WP.COM
Multisite Privacy “Adds more levels of privacy and allows you to control them across all sites” D Fine control of privacy/access sitewide.