These guidelines should outline appropriate online behavior and internet safety precautions.
These guidelines can simply be borrowed from mine below, or you could create a class project to make your own.
- Students, parents, and teachers will identify the students by their first names only. (If a parent comments, it should read "Tracy's dad" instead of "Ken Watanabe").
- Keep personal information private, such as your last name, phone number, and where you live.
- Respectful comments are allowed.
- Proof-read comments are allowed.
- Use complete sentences with appropriate grammar. ("Text talk" does not qualify).
- All comments submitted must have teacher approval first.
- Try to write comments that continue the conversation. (Click here for helpful hints).
- Try to find comments you agree with or made an impact on you, then add to the discussion.
Create Guidelines Class Project or a Webquest:
Here is an idea of a webquest that could help you create the guidelines and expectations for your own blog:
Resources: Here are examples of effective blogging rules and guidelines.
High School and Middle School examples:
- Biology in Action
- The Ripple Effect
- Mr. M's History Blog
- Mr. Pfluger's Blog
- Brilliant Muskie Blog
- Scattergood Biology
Elementary School examples:
1) Which of the resources are our favorites? Why? What makes them effective?
2) Based on the above discussion, create criteria for what makes effective blog guidelines.
3) Collaborate to write our own blogging rules and guidelines.
4) Panel Presentation: Present your blogging guidelines to a real audience of experts. Allow them to use your criteria and/or their own to decide which one is best.
Timelines: You should set these up with daily goals. Graphic organizers or a wiki might be wise choices.
Assessment: A rubric with exactly what you are looking for should be created. Emphasis on effectiveness, clarity, originality (to avoid the ole copy/paste), and collaboration should be set.
Suggestion: Allow students to "try it out" and allow reflection/revision.
Anyone up for the task?
This post was inspired by CCJH's Ms. Schreiner who is in the process of creating her first class blog, Edublogs Teacher Challenge, and Patrick Ledesma's article.