Blogging Guidelines and Acceptable Use Policies

School Districts and classroom teachers must develop guidelines and policies that protect students. These guidelines should be clearly stated, so students and parents understand what is expected of them while using the technology that is made available.

The purposes of these guidelines are to:

Identify the possible dangers of students publishing identifying information on the Internet.

Provide information and govern how students how students’ information should be allowed on the Internet.

Recognize the advantages of allowing students to publish identifying information on the Internet.

Once these guidelines are set, districts and classrooms should develop an acceptable use policy (AUP).

The AUP policy should include:

The preamble to explain the need and goals of the policy.

The definition section to define key words and terms used in the policy.

A policy statement that informs students of the circumstances by which they can use the computer or other device.

The acceptable uses section that informs students of the appropriate uses of the school network.

An unacceptable uses section that provides clear examples of what constitutes unacceptable student use.

And, a violations/sanctions section that informs students how best to report violations of the policy.

This policy should be written in a student-friendly format and sighed by the student and the parent.

Some examples include:

http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/curr093.shtml

http://www.thornhillschool.org/about-our-school/acceptable-use-policy/

http://www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/BerkeleyLakeES/PDF/AUP_web.PDF

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21st century classrooms

21st century skills are all about student-centered learning and what better way to build student learning than developing a classroom blog where students can share what they learn with others. For instance, embedding links and tools to share ideas is the best collaborative tool teachers have at their disposal. Students can work on assignments in real-time and post them to the blog, teachers can build pages where students can log in, research a project, and post to the blog all in one easily accessed page. These are just a few of the things teachers can do to engage learners in the process of learning.

Here are some more…

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/social-media-visual-literacy-classroom-dave-guymon

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/web-20-21st-century-skills-collaboration-digital-citizenship

http://www.nea.org/home/46989.htm

10 more ways to use Blogs in Your Classroom

Blogging in the classroom is a fantastic way to keep both your students and your parents informed of what is going on in the classroom. Teachers can make one post for all of the students and parents in the classroom, and the information he or she wants them to have is in one convenient place.

As you can see, my blog has a place to post nightly or weekly assignments, so students and parents can ensure that homework gets done. Also, if a student is absent, he or she can easily check to see what was completed in class that day.

In addition to classroom assignments, I also like to keep my parents up on what projects we are working on in class. I love teaching science, and I have my students work on many hands-on lessons. I also have all my students complete a scientist of the month experiment which they present to the classroom.

Posting news on current events is another good way to keep parents involved on what is going on with the class. Class field trips and school-wide events can be posted on your blog to keep everyone informed.

Sharing photos from field trips and other events is an exciting way to show family what is going on in the classroom.

Posting forms, like Google Doc forms on your blog helps when parents need a form, but cannot come into get one.

Having a supply list on your blog lets parents know what their student needs to bring to classroom. While parents are great at getting what they need for their students at the beginning of the year, students continually need to have supplies for upcoming projects. Posting these supplies helps parents get what they need.

Although I do not have them posted to my blog at this point, there are many other ways to use a blog in the classroom.

Teachers can also help students’ master content and improve their writing skills through the use of the class blog.

Students can share their writing and enlist feedback from others on a particular topic.

Students can use blogs in cooperative groups to share findings.

Teachers can use blogs as a means of developing formative assessments.

You can also help committee members and administrators get information into the hands of your parents and students by posting important information on your class blog.

The posted links will provide some additional ideas.

http://elearningindustry.com/how-to-use-blogs-in-the-classroom

http://edublogs.org/

http://anne.teachesme.com/2007/01/17/rationale-for-educational-blogging/

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How Can I Encourage My Students To Continue To Learn this Summer?

Summer Slide is a terrible thing, but parents can make sure their children keep learning.

Alchemy Learning Project

Alchemy LearningThe school year is about to come to a close and you will be parting ways with the young minds you’ve spent the past year molding. However, just because they are no longer your students, that doesn’t mean your influence has to come to an end. As the idea of summer reading may seem a little outdated with the recent influx of new learning and instructional technology, there are a number of alternatives that your students can use to quench their thirst for learning with some self-directed learning! Apps as well as websites have proven to be a valuable tool to constantly engage students and further their passion for learning.

Self-Directed Tools for Elementary/Middle School Students:

  • iTooch – iTooch is an iPad and iPhone app for 3-5th grade school students to help them learn math facts, language arts and science material. This free app helps students learn the material through…

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