Blogging is a very important tool for our class. It allows us to share what is happening inside of our classroom with others, to learn from others and to become good digital citizens.
1. Use only your first name on-line: never give out any other personal information.
2. Proof-read your posts and comments carefully.
3. Always write in full sentences and words
– no “text talk” please! All comments should be a minimum of 2
sentences and all blog post should be a minimum of 4
4. All blog posts and comments submitted have to be approved by the administrator of the site before they are included on the
How to leave a quality comment
An important part of blogging is leaving a quality comment for readers, it can take a while to become an expert at leaving quality comments but here are some tips to help you on your way.
To leave a quality comment you need to:
1. Write it like a letter, with a greeting like: Dear _______, Hi
2. End with a closing like your pal, your blogging buddy, your friend, etc.
3. Introduce yourself (don't give out any personal information).
4. Write a compliment
5. Answer any questions on the post.
Thank you Vicky Salin for sharing your learning!
Blogging with Students
Benefits and Reasons for Blogging with Students
1. Creates a positive digital footprint and provides
the opportunity to teach digital citizenship – students today need
to understand what affect their digitial footprint has on their life as they
grow up and try to enter the work force. Starting at a very young age it is
important for us to model, teach and create the opportunity for our students to
be building their own postive digital footprint.
2. Communicating with digital tools – helping to build
3. Transparency for parents and family - classroom and
individual blogging opens the doors to our school, our classrooms and each
individuals own learning journey. This mode of communication allows parents to
become part of their students learning life, to participate by reading and
commenting on their students work. It also opens the doors to the classroom
24/7. It allows parents and students to interact with classroom happenings at a
time that works best for them creating a community feel.
4. Provides an authentic audience for student writing -
an audience of peers, parents, and a potentially people from all over the
world. Allows for multiple feedback loops among the networked students, teachers
and other interested parties. Learning in a class blog setting is now a social
activity.Students are eager to write for an audience that will be interested and
comment on their work. They will also have the urgency to do their best work
because it is going to be seen by an audience.
5. Supports differentiation. The blog gives some of our
more verbally reserved students a forum for their thoughts. It encourages
reading. To make a meaningful comment, or to choose their favorite post, the
students first need to read what’s out there. It encourages writing so that
your ideas can be read by others. A good blog post can be 3 sentences to 3
pages or anywhere in between, it can include video or pictures to help explain
the message, as long as you can make your point your post is effective.
6. Students view of the world changes - we have included
a clustr map into the sidebar of our classroom blog. This allows us to see where people are visiting from.
Thank you Mrs. Sahlin for sharing your learning with us!!!