Blogs are great because you can share work and achievements with a wide authentic audience. Instead of just the teacher seeing the students’ creations, all of the parents and students can view the work and leave comments. Having a blog helps strengthen home-school partnerships and build a sense of classroom community.
Blogging provides the ideal opportunity for students to learn about appropriate online behaviours and get experience using a 21st century technology
One of the most rewarding experiences from blogging is the global connections we make. We are able to communicate and even Skype with our blogging buddies from all over the world. Blogs flatten our classroom walls.
Internet safety is of upmost important to us. Through blogging, the students in 2MR have the opportunity to learn about appropriate online behaviours in an authentic and supervised setting.
The following guidelines have been established to ensure the safety of our students when blogging.
Students’ first name & work, MAY be included on the blog(s).
- Students’ surnames, addresses, email addresses, phone number, specific plans, date of birth and other personal information WILL NOT be included on the blog(s).
- All comments have to be screened and approved before they are included on the blog(s).
- Students will be encouraged to comment on other class/student blogs with teacher/parent supervision.
- Parents who leave comments are asked to use their first name only so as not to identify their child. Eg. Please identify yourself in comments as “Jane – Sally’s mum” rather than “Jane Brown – Sally’s mum”.
- All commenters must be polite, respectful and courteous.
- Others’ work, images, music or videos will not be used without permission and attribution.
- Parents are asked to proofread comments and posts that students write on blogs at home.
Our blog is a collaborative effort. While Miss. R will moderate all comments and posts, please let her know if you think she has overlooked any breeches in our safety guidelines and we will fix up ASAP.