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VIDEO: Blogging is Learning!
VIDEO: How to Write a Quality Comment
VIDEO: Creative Commons Experiment
VIDEO: Howard Rheingold Interviews Mrs. Yollis
VIDEO: EduSlam-The Power of Blogging and Quality Commenting
VIDEO: My Third Graders Present at the Texas Google Summit
Why Have a Class Blog?
What Do Students Write About?
How To Teach Commenting Skills
Sample Blog Posts Organized by Subject
Family Blogging Month!
Student Blogs: Parents Are Administrators
Global Collaboration Projects
Mystery Skype Calls!
Adding Digital Images
Web 2.0 Tools
Adding Sidebar Gadgets
How Do Your Third Graders Know How to Type?
Things to Consider
(Time Management, Student Blogs, Professionalism)
Having a public classroom blog is a wonderful way for students to learn about the world, connect with others, and build an online learning community. Because my third grade blog is public, my students and I have been able to develop friendships with other classes through
on our blog. We refer to these friends as
We regularly share and learn from our blogging buddies who are located all over the world. These friendships have lead to
several spectacular global projects
A big concern about publishing and learning online is the issue of safety and privacy. I have found that having an open, public blog is a valuable way to learn about and practice appropriate online behavior. Online safety is not just a one week unit of study, it is modeled and discussed throughout the year as we publish posts, share on
our class photo-of-the-day project
, and comment back to our readers.
Here are some of my ideas about teaching young students and their parents about contributing and publishing on the Internet.
1. Limit personal information.
Never pair a child's photo with his/her name
Teach children how to take photos that
tell a story
without revealing too much personal information
Halloween, Who Are You?
How To Take a Good Picture
Use first names only (or a pseudonym) when posting or commenting
Encourage parents to comment using their first names (See image below.)
2. Teach and model good digital citizenship
Children need to be taught about digital citizenship and cyber safety. These concepts should be discussed and reviewed periodically. Here is a great video from
Learn With Professor Garfield
about Cyber Bullying. Teach children to never give out their YAPPY!
4KM and 4KJ
recommends having students make posters to share their digital safety learning.
Read her post here.
3. Educate Parents
I advise parents to monitor their child online, always.
I recommend keeping the computer in a place where a child can be supervised and where adult help is available.
Students like joining social media sites like FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube, especially if they have older siblings. However, there are laws that forbid children under the age of 13 from joining. I strongly urge parents to abide by these laws.
Although all parents sign an Acceptable Use agreement, I like to send home a letter outlining the educational value of blogging and ask for permission to contribute to the blog. During my first year of blogging, a few parents opted out. Since then, everyone have participated.
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