Each of us will be contributing posts to our classroom blog every week. Have you ever wanted to create your own blog? Here is your opportunity. I want you to be able to create and personalize your very own blog site if you so choose and if not, you can always post directly to our class cite as well. Before you begin this writing adventure, I want to make sure that you are following the guidelines we discussed in class. Make sure you follow any directions I give for a certain assignment. Some assignments will be your choice and some will be on specific topics relevant to our work at school and in our community. Thanks to Mrs. McNally’s Classroom Blog for these guidelines.
1. Think about your digital footprint
A digital footprint is a snapshot of everything you post online. Consider how you look to others viewing your post. Be sure what you’re putting out into the world is the snapshot of yourself you want to put forward. Spelling, grammar, and academic vocabulary help you create a credible footprint. Proofread and double check your work before you publish.
Be sure to THINK before you post.
2. Keep your personal information private
Keep your posts free from last names, phone numbers, screen names, and personal email addresses. Although many people will want to read your blog for positive reasons, there are bad people in the world. Stick to your first name and last initial. Your blog is PUBLIC, so stick to information you are comfortable with the world knowing.
3. Be kind and constructive
Anytime you post about your opinion, you are taking a risk in sharing your thoughts and feelings. You will not always agree with what your peers post. You will come across topics you are passionate about. Be sure you are being kind and compassionate in your posts. Although it is always your right to have an opinion, you should refrain from sharing opinions that may make a peer feel marginalized or hurt. When commenting the work of classmates, be positive and constructive. Focus on the good things in their post and help them be the best they can be.
4. Write about peers only with their permission
Ask for permission to talk about a peer or classmate. If you do not have their permission, do not share their name! Be wise when sharing stories about peers and classmates. If the story will make the subject uncomfortable to know it has been shared publicly, do not share it.
5. Check, double check, and then check again
Your blog posts are public once you click publish. Check your spelling and grammar before posting. It is helpful to copy and paste your post into a word processor to check for spelling mistakes before posting. You will establish credibility with your audience if your posts are well written and free from mistakes. Again, think about the digital footprint you’re portraying. Make sure you put your best foot forward.
6. Cite your sources
You should always give credit where credit is due. If you obtained any facts or even just ideas from another post or article, you MUST cite the source. If you do not give credit to the original author, you are plagiarizing. Plagiarizing will always result in falling the assignment. Please cite your sources. That usually means a name and a link. For example, I got these guidelines from Mrs. McNally’s Classroom Blog
7. Make sure you’re only reporting facts
Now that you know how to cite your sources, please make sure you’re using them! Be careful to not report any misconceptions. Make sure you totally understand the topics you’re talking about. This will also help with your author credibility. Be sure to use reliable sources which are free from bias. Remember TRAC! (see #5 in your binder).
8. Keep it on task
You will always have an educational-based assignment for blogging. You may be tempted to add your own ideas and posts of your own creation to your blog. That is fine, but please keep the posts educationally centered and class appropriate. You should avoid linking a personal blog to your class blog, as it may inadvertently reveal information you didn’t want to share.