Before you set up your class blog, it’s really important to think about what rules and guidelines you will put into place and make sure the students and parents are clear about these. Blogging provides an authentic opportunity to teach children about appropriate online behaviour and this aspect of blogging cannot be overlooked.
I have a page at the top of my class blog where my blogging rules and guidelines are listed. This ensures the information remains static and easily accessible all year.
These are the blogging rules and I guidelines I will establish in 2010…
*Note: do not directly copy other people’s work including blogging guidelines. That is a breach of copyright, etiquette and a form of plagiarism.
I discuss these rules and guidelines regularly with the students and include them on the blogging information/permssion note that I send home to parents.
Two rules I am changing this year concern photos and search engines. Previously, I didn’t publish photos of students’ faces. This made enhancing posts with pictures quite difficult. I have decided that this year with parent permission, I will post photos of students. I believe this is very safe as long as surnames are not published.
Previously I elected not to have the 2KM Blog included in search engines such as Google. Over the past two years, I have found one of the most powerful aspects of blogging to be the global audience and connections we make with others. I believe having our blog included in search engines can only enhance these connections and provide more benefits to the students.