Bringing Blogging to the Classrooms
11/1/2013 Note: Below describes the first year I brought blogging to the classroom. Some activities remain; some have since changed:
Last week, my students signed up for their blogs! They are excited to write their first post later this week. Here is the deets on this new blogging project we’ve embarked upon ~
WHO: 3 classes of sophomore Reading Strategies (students reading scores below grade level)
a. Two introductory activities (click here for GG’s activities)
b. Blogging etiquette discussion (see below)
c. Initial sign up & theme choice
d. This week = first post!!!!
WHERE: Edublogs by WordPress
WHEN: ongoing throughout this semester
WHY: to facilitate motivation and fluidity with students’ reading and writing skills.
HOW: Students will be blogging once a week.
When you write anything in the blog, please use the following guidelines. There are some questions so you may want to reflect on your posts.
1. Only post things that you would want everyone (in school, at home, in other countries) to know.
Ask yourself: Is this something I want everyone to see?
2. Do not share personal information.
Ask yourself: Could someone find me (in real life) based on this information?
3. Think before you post.
Ask yourself: What could be the consequences of this post?
4. Know who you’re communicating with.
Ask yourself: Who is going to look at this, and how are they going to interpret my words?
5. Consider your audience and that you’re representing Palatine High School.
Ask yourself: Do I have a good reason/purpose to do this?
6. Know how to give constructive feedback.
Ask yourself: What will I cause by writing this post?
7. Treat other people the way you want to be treated.
Ask yourself: Would I want someone to say this to me?
8. Use appropriate language and proper grammar and spelling.
Ask yourself: Would I want this post to be graded for proper grammar and spelling?
9. Only post information that you can verify is true (no gossiping).
Ask yourself: Is this inappropriate, immature or bullying?
10. Anytime you use media from another source, be sure to properly cite the creator of the original work. Otherwise, this is considered plagiarism and is reason to fail the class.
Ask yourself: Who is the original creator of this work?
As a blogger, you will be commenting on other people’s work regularly. Good comments:
- are constructive, but not hurtful;
- consider the author and the purpose of the post;
- are always related to the content of the post;
- include personal connections to what the author wrote;
- answer a question, or add meaningful information to the content topic;
- follow the writing process. Comments are a published piece of writing.
Blogging Terms and Conditions
- Students using blogs are expected to act safely by keeping personal information out of their posts. You agree to not post or give out your family name, password, user name, email address, home address, school name, city, country or other information that could help someone locate or contact you in person. You may share your interests, ideas and preferences.
- Students using blogs agree not to share their user name or password with anyone besides their teachers and parents. You agree to never log in as another student.
- Students using blogs are expected to treat blogspaces as classroom spaces. Speech that is inappropriate for class is not appropriate for your blog. While we encourage you to engage in debate and conversation with other bloggers, we also expect that you will conduct yourself in a manner reflective of a representative of this school.
- Student blogs are to be a forum for student expression. However, they are first and foremost a tool for learning, and as such will sometimes be constrained by the various requirements and rules of classroom teachers. Students are welcome to post on any school-appropriate subject.
- Students blogs are to be a vehicle for sharing student writing with real audiences. Most visitors to your blog who leave comments will leave respectful, helpful messages. If you receive a comment that makes you feel uncomfortable or is not respectful, tell your teacher right away. Do not respond to the comment.
- Students using blogs take good care of the computers by not downloading or installing any software without permission, and not clicking on ads or competitions.
- Students who do not abide by these terms and conditions may lose their opportunity to take part in this project.