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November 26, 2010

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Joy

Hi, there.
I’m a student teacher who has been following your educational posts related to student blogging. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts on virtual communication with us. While I’m in a 7th grade math class, the blogging for reflection in any subject area intrigues me and I think this forum naturally motivates today’s digital natives.

I have a few logistical questions I hope you might answer. Did you seek parent and district permission before beginning a classroom blog site? What are your classroom rules for on-line etiquette and privacy? When do the students without internet access at home get a chance to add posts? Are your students with special needs able to take part in the blog? Do you grade individual posts and if so, what is the grading criteria?

Thanks for your time!
-Joy

mratzel

Joy asked
Did you seek parent and district permission before beginning a classroom blog site?
I asked for the district's permission but not for parents permission. Once it was setup, I asked for parents permission and I accompanied all that with information about what it was,its' purpose and so on.

What are your classroom rules for on-line etiquette and privacy?

I use a ton of the materials produced by CyberSafe curriculum. We do most of the online safety lessons BEFORE they blog anything. I'm a nut about etiquette and not revealing too much information.

When do the students without internet access at home get a chance to add posts? Most assignments are done at school for the reason you mentioned. I only have 1 student out of 150 that doesn't have home access, but I find they write much better if I'm setting the tone of their writing process.


Are your students with special needs able to take part in the blog? They are probably the biggest beneficiaries of the blogging. Many of them have expressed how hard it is to get called on or to get the courage to express your ideas in class, blogging levels the playing field for them. Read their top reasons why blogging has changed their school experience. http://lmsblogs.org/blog/2010/11/26/results-are-in-from-voice-your-opinion-what-difference-does-blogging-make/


Do you grade individual posts and if so, what is the grading criteria? Yes I do grade some. The criteria varies. Sometimes I'm focused on content. Sometimes it's about writing for the audience. It just varies. They always know, use a checklist for that posting assignment and then I use the checklist for grading.

Hope that helps answer some of your questions.

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