When I first created my classroom blog last October, I was flying by the seat of my pants. As is my normal fashion, I jumped headfirst into this and then went backwards and made up some of the rules as I went. I can honestly say (albeit sheepishly) that teaching blogging etiquette was something that I had not even thought about. It was only after I began to browse other blogs and website that I realized this was a vital piece that I had been missing. I reviewed many other blogging guidelines from others and decided to use the blogging guidelines that Kim Cofino’s elementary education students had created a few years ago. I felt like the guidelines that those students created were written in a way that my 6th graders could understand.
In doing so, I also learned another valuable lesson – Attributing Another Person’s Content. I had just created my blogging guidelines page when I came across the post – How Do You Feel When Someone Copies and Pastes Your Post? posted by Sue Walters on The Edublogger (March 11, 2010).
Although I have briefly reviewed blogging etiquette with my students, I do think this is an area that I will need to spend more time on this year and make it a top priority next year as we become more technologically more proficient and have access to computers more frequently.
What’s a blog with class? I consider a great blogging site to be one where there is a great deal of interaction. It would be a collaboration between teachers, students, and even parents. Students and parents should consider your class blog to be a great resource in aiding to the educational process.
Our school district has purchased a program for classroom websites, but as I was searching the details of the websites – a peer’s WordPress blog (although I didn’t know what it was at the time) jumped out at me. It was informative as well as pleasing to the eye (something our school website wasn’t). I emailed her and she instantly responded with the information from her site.
I started out with a basic page, with just classwork and homework assignments – but then as I started looking at other blogs, I realized that the website could be so much more! I begin to add slide shows and videos and a weekly moral dilemma assignment. The students have really gotten into it and I get excited whenever I find new applications/widgets to put on it.
So what is an effective class blog, you ask? An effective blog is one that is attractive, informative, and interesting. When people visit my blog I want them to have a small glimpse of this wonderful world that my students live, learn, and thrive in. Drop by and take a look for yourself: http://mrsjeff2u.edublogs.org
So I’ve signed up for the Edublogs’ Teacher Challenge! In this challenge, you have 30 days to get your student’s blogging. I created my first blog at the beginning of this school year to use as my classroom website. Although I am new to blogging – I think that I’ve caught on fairly quickly. This specific blog will focus on my work in the various teacher challenges. Let the good times roll!