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.