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Students Blogging in Class April 20, 2008

Posted by Podcast Lane in Blogging, Changing Education, Podcast, Stu Hasic, Students.
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In the podcast “Why Teachers and Schools Should be Blogging“, we discussed the reasons and benefits of blogging in the classroom, but for the blogging-novice, there are student privacy, security and policy concerns that must be considered.Classroom Blogging

 

In this podcast, we will focus on the pre-requisite understandings that any teacher or school needs before setting up class blogs with their students. If you get these things right up-front, your class blog is sure to be a success.

 

As mentioned in the podcast, here is a sample Parent Consent Form for Student Internet Publishing as a Word document that you can download, adapt and distribute to parents to get the ball rolling. So, let’s get started. Just click the Play button below.

[Audio https://podcastlane.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/studentsblogging.mp3%5D

(Duration: 3:37)

Download this podcast to your PC or MP3 player. Any feedback or questions on this podcast? Just add them to the comments section. 

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1. Maria M - April 20, 2008

Thanks Stu

Great information and good resources. We have nearly everything in place but except for the explicit permission to blog. I’ve explained what we are doing on the blog and parents can read this. The general note we send out at our school is very similar to the consent form you posted. We only do it once to cover the students primary school career. I have sent a note home to all the parents in my class advising them of the blog and what it is for. We also have a post that explains the blog for the parents.

2. graeme - April 20, 2008

The problem with blogs is the child-protection issue. See “This blog has been disabled in compliance with DECS wishes (Department of Education and Children’s Services – South Australia)” at
http://alupton.edublogs.org/

To avoid this problem I have set up a Drupal blogging site on our intranet. Drupal is better suited to our outcomes. Less scary clutter than Moodle for our staff. Has an LDAP module which might work with ldap.education.nsw.gov.au if there is such a server. There should be!
-graeme

3. Podcast Lane - April 20, 2008

Absolutely Graeme, that’s why a class blog needs to be run according to rules such as those described in this podcast. But a blanket ban just because an education authority doesn’t understand how to manage blogs is a knee-jerk reaction.

Personally, like Edublogs and Podbean, I think WordPress is the best platform and yes, you can LDAP and yes, NSW DET does have an ldap server to authenticate against. The problem is we’d prefer to see a centrally hosted blog server rather than individual servers in each school. I believe such a service is coming as part of the NSW Government’s Connected Classrooms project kicking off this year. But that doesn’t preclude schools from setting up class blogs properly now.

I agree with you about Moodle. 🙂

4. Maria Marshall - April 23, 2008

We have had comments from an unknow source on the class blog. The comments were positive and so we approved them. Do you agree with this or is there a different way to check the origins of the comment before we add it to the post?

5. Podcast Lane - April 23, 2008

Hi Maria,

Moderated comments usually mean you get an email to tell you there are some comments to approve/disapprove before they appear at the blog. Since you’re using Edublogs (which is really WordPress), that e-mail you received should include a link to a WHOIS database that will tell you where the comment was posted from (usually down to the City/Country).

Also, you need to check the URL posted with the comment (if any). See your name above? It’s a link to your blog. That’s fine. But sometimes, people (or robots) submit spam comments with “friendly” but usually generic feedback, with the whole purpose being to allow their link to be posted. That link might go off to some advertising site. Why do they want that link there? Not really in the hope that someone will click it, but in the hope that Google and other search engines will spider it. The more blogs that include their link in the comments, the higher up the Google search results (rankings) that their site will appear. This is called Google-bombing and you shouldn’t approve such comments.

Hope that makes sense and helps.

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8. Tony Searl - July 3, 2008

Thanks for the resources. I am a thirty day noob to all things web2.0 so a rather steep learning curve. I attended a North Coast DET ICT Forum recently and connected classrooms, IWB’s and all things web2.0 was the focus. Hope you keep adding the very useful info I’ve found so far.

9. Podcast Lane - July 3, 2008

Hi Tony,

Glad you’re enjoying it. Yes, we expect to be adding more very soon. It’s been a busy couple of months with so many state priorities happening.

10. Stephanie Krajicek - November 5, 2008

What a great resource for teachers — no matter where they are. I am putting together a resource guide for a seminar on blogging, podcasts, and wikis. I would like to include a copy of the parent consent form as an example. May I reprint it?

11. Podcast Lane - November 5, 2008

Hi Stephanie. Of course you can reprint it! That’s why we’re sharing it here… 🙂

Hope the seminar goes well.


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