Christopher Craft – http://www.christophercraft.com

Chris is a Discovery Educator, SMART Exemplary Educator, etc.

Blogging for Teachers vs. Blogging for Students/Parents vs. Student Blogging

Where do we want to go today???

Considerations for Blogging

  • Few examples of student blogging…
  • Blogging is not just for the High School Language Arts Classes…
  • The “here’s what we did today blog” is not best practice and often falls out…
  • Your blog has to have a purpose and vision – not more work to do, but rather more work for the parents…
  • Students need to have their own logins and passwords – but they always need to be checked-up on… ALWAYS!
  • Do you celebrate “IM Speak” as it’s separate language on a Blog? Depends on your thoughts… pre-cursor may be to define expectations prior to blogging – using classroom language -or- using appropriate language…
  • Maintaining privacy of the students is key – Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has the KidzPrivacy website as a resource (http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/online/edcams/kidzprivacy/) – teachers need to do their own registering of the students…
  • Students need to have an email address to blog – if they have a district email address, use it; otherwise teachers will need to get a gmail account for their students… only one blog per email address… Gaggle is free and filtered email for schools (http://www.gaggle.net)
  • Blogging can be frustrating – start small – use Blogger (http://www.blogger.com) to start out in one central location versus letting the students run wild! One generic login with one generic password – all the kids will have it… some of the kids will vandalize it… it’s all about give and take…
  • Moderate your comments… WordPress (http://www.wordpress.com) has the option to moderate the comments prior to posting…
  • Remember to keep the employer/employee relationship intact… be careful with the level of appropriateness…
  • When using Blogger (http://www.blogger.com) be careful of the “Next Blog” button – it takes you to the next blog, not your next post… Will Richardson’s blog (http://www.weblogg-ed.com) has the directions to remove that button posted… WordPress (http://www.wordpress.com) doesn’t appear to have a “Next Blog” button…

How do you get the students to write on the web?

How do you read a Blog?

  • Are you really going to read every site? Bookmark the sites? Use the Bloglines…
  • Netvibes (http://www.netvibes.com) or Bloglines (http://www.bloglines.com)… both are RSS aggregators… think of RSS as a “push” out versus a “pull” in… RSS will notify you of updates versus you seeking them out…

How should you get started Blogging?

  1. Read Blogs… (add RSS feeds)
  2. Write Your Own Blog…
  3. Incorporate Blogging into Your Classroom 

Recommended Blogging Sites

Great examples of Blogging

Kid-friendly Social Networking – imbee (http://www.imbee.com) Free social networking that could be used in a school setting – teachers would need to setup users…

Webhosting – (http://www.bluehost.com) Paid webhosting for your sites…

Get a GMail account if you haven’t already… (http://www.google.com)

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