Blog Guidelines

We are eager to connect with other students and teachers both locally and globally. We understand that our online interactions are one component of our digital citizenship.
♦Internet Safety and Protection of Privacy:
  1. To protect your identity, use only your first name.
  2. Never give out user names, addresses, phone numbers or any other identifying information about yourself or classmates.
  3. We do not make references to school or sports events with a specific location and time.
  4. Parents/family or friends who comment will use only first names for identity protection.
  5. You have signed the school’s Internet Use form and will follow its guidelines for appropriate conduct on the Internet.
  ♦Digital Etiquette:
  1. Anything you write in either a blog post or in your comments can be read by anyone. Aim to create a “positive Internet presence.”
  2. Become someone who is proud of what you write and how you write it. Don’t say something that could offend someone.
  3. If you take the time to be a thoughtful blogger, your audience will see that you have 1) read and thought about the post you are commenting on (stayed on topic and shown your connection to the topic); and 2) taken the time to show your best writing (leads, voice, asked a question, edited)
  4.  Asking a question at the end of your comment or blog post invites others to join in your conversation about the topic.
  5. Please remember to be supportive, polite, encouraging and respectful. This is the tone of your writing and it should always make people feel comfortable.
  6. Think about how you can encourage a conversation even if you disagree with something someone else has written.  Aim to be supportive, but still provide your own thinking or new information on a topic.
  7. When writing blog posts, we need to understand copyright. If you use something that was written or created by someone else (belongs to someone else), you must give credit for that work. The images you use need to be copyright free, but we still give credit to the owner. (Using another’s work without permission and without giving credit to them is plagiarism.)
♦Writer’s Workshop Topics:
  1.  The conventions of writing are important. Yes, capitals for your greetings, the beginning of sentences, names, and titles of books really do matter. You need periods at the end of sentences (snug up behind the last word).
  2. Writing should not include abbreviated words such as “u” for you or “lol” for laugh out loud.
  3. Spelling is another convention of writing.
  4. Your writing style is unique and it should portray, or show, your voice.
  5. Keep your writing organized and make it worth reading. Your main ideas should have supporting details.
 Both blog post writing and commenting on blogs (including classmates’) are part of assigned blogging/writing tasks. Please keep referring to the criteria we have created which is kept in your notebook.
  1. Once you believe that your blog post is ready to be published, please send an email to me so I can go on to your dashboard to check your work for spelling and punctuation. (There won’t be too many corrections as you will already have had a classmate edit your work for punctuation and spelling.)
  2. Photos will be given proper attribution. This means that you will create an “Image Credit” at the bottom of each post if you have used a photo.
  3.  Comments are to include an opening and a closing as well as be thoughtful and on topic.
  4. Students are responsible for responding to the commenters on their own blogs




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