Formulate a set of principles that you would use to teach students about good online citizenship. What would your principles cover in terms of IP? Defamation? Courtesy? Privacy?
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Think of a project or assignment that you would use blogs for in class. Consider how you will manage the risks associated with putting the assignment into the blogging environment. Will you shut everything down? Will you educate students in good online behaviour and monitor things closely? Are you prepared to oversee student blogs and to moderate where necessary? How quickly can you, as an administrator of a blog, remove offensive or potentially compromising content?
Find examples of each type of blog: a teacher-for-teachers blog, a student/parent communication blog, a student blog for a particular class or course. Analyse and then compare them for effectiveness, communication style, usefulness for the intended audience, ease of finding the right info. Select a blog that you would refer to as a model for your own classroom blog and explain why you would use it.
Next, evaluate the effectiveness of the blogging enterprises you come across: Are the students engaged? Are they responding to others’ blog posts? Are they posting their own material? Are posts focused and on-topic? Are the posts interesting? What is the quality of the writing like? What about the thinking? Is the blog easy to navigate? Blog your evaluations. Have you found any dodgy examples of classroom blogging? What makes them dodgy?
Search for some (Aussie) edublogs on the web to get a sense of how teachers of your year level are using blogs in their classrooms. Try to identify the purpose of the blog: Is it for communicating with students or parents? Is it posting assignment or class info? Do students have their own blogs for the class? Blog what you find by providing links and observations.