Blogging is a wonderful opportunity to bring the world into our classroom. We acknowledge the need for correct cybersafety behaviour and netiquette including the following draft guidelines. By modelling these procedures and protocols through class blogs we are equipping our young students with lifelong skills.
All comments are to be positive and encouraging.
– Posts written by students are checked by teachers before they are published on the blog.
– Posts will not include personal details about students such as surnames, addresses and family information.
– All comments are moderated before being made public.
– Parents who leave comments are asked to use their first name only so as not to identify their child.
– All students must abide by general internet acceptable use policies of our school
These guidelines are under review.
At our school, we have discovered that if we open our classrooms to the world through blogging we gain many things:
– we create an audience for our work and writing
– we can gather ideas from many more people than just our small class
– we can find out how things are different in other places
– we can share the wonderful things we know
– we feel good about ourselves as we get positive feedback about the things we do
– we let our families know more about what we do at school
– we get feedback by wonderful comments that help us think more about what we do and sometimes why we do them
These are just a few of the reasons why we blog – we seem to be coming up with more reasons all the time.