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by Patricia Galien
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Wikipedia Definition
A Fun Video Explaining
An Introduction and the Steps to
Setting up a Blog with a Writing
Three Sites Where You
Can Set up Blogs
Setting up a Blog
You can register for free and begin blogging at these sites.
This is a five minute video on
This is a long Adobe Acrobat file
on how to use Blogger:
Examples of Using Blogs with Students
High School
English Class
Middle School
High School
English Class
in Korea
A Class Blog
for Writing a
Paragraph of
High School
Biology Blog
Library Blog
Blogging Mistakes and Tips
Click on the buttons below to learn more about common
mistakes made when using blogs with students and tips for
writing blogs.
Avoiding the 5 Most Common
Mistakes in Using Blogs with
Tips for People Who Write
Clay Burell involves his students in Korea in a project that also
involves students from Hawaii, Bangkok, and the Dominican
Republic. The information page is on a wiki, and students use a
blog to write. Learn more about this project here:
The other three teachers involved in this project are:
Chris Watson (Hawaii)
To go back to the
examples, push here:
Kim Cofino (Bangkok)
Jeff Dungan
(Dominican Republic)
Since the Internet is a public space, you may want to consider some issues of
safety and security. Click on the buttons to learn more.
Do you want only registered users to enter the site?
Do you want to manage comments? This means you approve all
comments before they are posted to the blog.
Do you want to advise your students not to post their full names
or the name of the school? Do you want to advise your students
not to post photos of themselves and classmates?
Are your students aware of how easy it is to trace someone on
the Internet?
What do you want the students to do if something inappropriate
Registering Users in Edublogs
In Edublogs you are able to limit membership to those you choose. On the
Dashboard go to Options and click on Membership to register users.
Approving Comments
As the administrator of the
blog, you can decide if you
would like to approve
comments before they are
posted. On the Dashboard,
choose Options, Discussion
and then check the box that
says “An administrator
must always approve the
If you are working with young students, you may want to consider asking them to
read and sign a letter. The letter below is just one example of such a letter.
Dear Students:
The students in Writing will be using a blog this semester both in class and in order to complete
homework assignments. In order to use these tools well and to maintain the privacy of the members
of our class, I am asking you to read the following items below, agree to them, and sign your name
at the bottom of this letter.
As your teacher, I will do the following:
•All comments will be monitored.
•Sites will be password protected.
As students, I ask you to do the following in order to maintain security:
•Do not give any information that would identify you or one of your classmates. This means that
you will not reveal last names, telephone numbers, addresses, or email addresses on the blog or the
•Do not post any photos or videos that would identify the name of our school or the identity of
yourself or a classmate.
•Do not copy and post any of this class work to a public site such as Facebook or MySpace.
•Do not contact any person who is not a member of our class.
•The same standards of behavior that we adhere to in class apply to work online:
•Do not plagiarize.
•Cite all sources.
•Do not make any sexist, racist, or homophobic comments. Do not make negative comments about
anyone’s religious beliefs.
•Be polite and respectful when you make comments to the blog.
These new tools are exciting and I am sure that we will enjoy using them. Let’s have fun with them,
but be careful. The Internet is a public space. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact
me. If you receive any inappropriate comments or suggestions, contact me immediately.
Your signature: __________________________________
Date: _______________
Some Ideas on What to Do if Something
Inappropriate Happens
Contact security and let them decide if they should contact local police.
Collect documentation including e-mail addresses and Web site addresses, as
well as any inappropriate communication.
If a student has been contacted or received something inappropriate, respond in
a supportive way. The student should not feel like he or she did anything
wrong. The blame should not fall on the victim.
If the student feels comfortable, tell the class what happened and how it
happened. Then move on with this teachable moment and discuss the
importance of being a Digital Citizen and what we as individuals need to do to
protect ourselves.
A well formulated rubric that is presented to the students
before they start an assignment can serve as a guide for the
students. Take a look at these two examples of rubrics.
Blog Reflection Rubric
Comprehension and Analysis Blog
Ways to Use Blogs
There are many ways to use blogs. Click on the light bulbs for
ways to use blogs with students, for professional development,
and to work with others on campus.
Using Blogs with
Examples of Blogs
Used for
Using Blogs with
Others on Campus
Blogs for Professional Development
The Eighth Floor (Lee Ann
Moving at the Speed of
Creativity (Wesley Fryer)
Ways to Use Blogs with Students
There are many ways to use blogs with students. Some ideas
are listed below. What other ideas can you think of?
Reasons for and Advantages of
Blogging with Students
Watch a short video on reasons to have
students blog.
Toward the bottom of this page you will
find advantages of blogging for both
students and teachers.
Watch part of this video on blogging with
students. (It is 16 minutes long.)
The End! Thank You

Blogging - Moraine Valley Community College