Many schools and classrooms are setting up specific blogs for their students and teachers. Some are designed only for teachers or administrators as communication tools – – to post updates, news, or even assignment lists. Others are of a more collaborative style, with requests that students add their own thoughts to the blog.
There are so many great ways for schools and teachers to integrate blogs into the educational framework. They could be used as part of a collaborative writing assignment, as a way to inform parents of school-related events and activities, or as a way to provide students with additional information about a specific subject or research project.
Anytime the internet is integrated into education, however, there are safety issues to be taken into consideration. To avoid any potential problems, keep in mind the following advice:
- Be sure that parents are notified of all blogs that their children may be participating in or receiving regularly. (Depending on the situation, parental permission might even be advisable)
- Check all comment and spam settings on school and classroom blogs. Comments might be best restricted to students only or at least have Akismet spam detector enabled.
- If privacy is an issue, for instance if a few students are using a blog to create a competitive class assignment, privacy settings on the blog can be set so that only the blog contributors are allowed access. This can also be helpful if you have a classroom blog that you want to restrict access to.
- Take the opportunity when opening a classroom or student blog to teach students about online safety.
- Check out Edublogs for an unique and safe option for educational blogging.
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