Responsibility and Safety in the Blogosphere

Safety and responsibility

Blog software specific to the needs of schools and children's safety: an online community you enroll in for free. Your students can have blogs, email, and social networking within your classroom or your school. It is a very protected environment.
Blogmeister- This online blogging tool is explicitly designed with teachers and students in mind, where the teacher can evaluate, comment on, and finally publish students' blog articles in a controlled environment.
**Gaggle**- This company has long been a leader in safe, moderated class email. Now they have taken that protection and branched out into the blogosphere. They are very new but look like a great choice.
NLCommunities- November Learning (NL) is pleased to present communication software built from the ground up with educators in mind. NL Communities helps schools and organizations provide a safe and globally collaborative blogging environment.

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**Darren Kuropatwa's Safe Blogging Resources Page**
This collection was inspired by a U.S. teacher who shared with Darren that when her school began to support classroom blogging, "some parents expressed grave concerns about their children's safety online." Use these resources to educate your community and help your students develop safe online practices.
**Web Safety & Access: An Ongoing Discussion among Educators**
"Nonscholae" is a blog developed by Darren Kuropatwa and other educators to explore "the responsible use of blogs, photosharing, podcasts, web hosting, educational games, instant messaging and other social software in schools. Our students want to be web authors, create content and take part in distributed conversations, not just web consumers." The blog gets its name from a Latin phrase attributed to Seneca, which translates: "We learn, not for school, but for life."

**ABPC Resources on Safe, Responsible Internet Use**
We developed this week in partnership with a professor from The College of William and Mary (VA), who was one of our guests during a February 2006 online mini-conference about Internet access and safety in schools and school districts. We plan to continue to support discussions on these issues among Alabama educators.

**"More Voices Create Better Tech Policies"**
This article from School Administrator (August 2005) deserves the attention of any educator who believes technology policies need to serve the school system's primary mission of the enterprise -- high quality teaching and learning. "The best rules and guidelines are those developed collaboratively," says Texas school administrator Doug Johnson.

**Responsible Blogging Lesson Plan**
Described by high school teacher Steve Lazar with great links to additional material.
Blogging Contract for Students
This simple one-page web publishing contract (developed by David Warlick) can be adapted to suit your needs. There's a place for the student and teacher to sign. Excerpt: "I will always be accountable for the information that I produce and publish, willing and able to defend my information or acknowledge when I have made a mistake and fix it."

Bud's Blogging Experiment by Bud the teacher

All links compliments of the wiki developed by the ABPC Workshop "Teaching With Blogs"

Practical Issues

"Are you gonna grade this????"

How to monitor & grade
  • Real teacher created rubric:
  • Not academic enough? AP English teacher sets up guidelines and grading for his students.
  • Should student blogs be made public for the world to see, or just that schools [sic] community? (from Bud's wiki)
I agree with Tyr: There are two sorts of blogs: Internal and External. The Internal one is for teacher/student communication. Homework assignments and such. I set up just such a thing for my Russian Class- if you're not in the class it's boring and useless. An external blog gives students, or anyone who has one, the ability to talk to the world. Most of the world doesn't care, but some of it might. I know I always look forward to comments (and I have the horribly non-scalable database-performance-killing view counter to inflate, or deflate as the case may be, my ego).

Where do we go from here?
This is a brilliant blog by "Cool Cat Teacher" reflecting on Mr. Fisher's use of blogs and the social networking it should provide