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Blogging Guidelines

The guidelines below are taken directly from another (student-centred) blog created earlier this year. If these guidelines apply to students is there any difference in the way educators should approach blogging?

Consider the questions at the end after reading these guidelines. You can leave a comment below or complete a post on your blog if you have one.

‘You are about to start the adventure of blogging. However, before you start, you need to be aware of a few things:

  1. With a blog you can have a big (worldwide) audience – be careful what you say.
  2. Sometimes what you write may be interpreted in a number of different ways. Read over your work before you post it. Maybe even get someone else to read it for you, or read it aloud to yourself to check.
  3. Respect others and ‘listen’ to what they have to say online. Don’t criticise in anger or write anything hastily. Try to consider someone else’s point of view.
  4. Be very careful not to reveal personal details. On this blog, only use your first name and surname initial. (And avoid using web sites that ask for too many personal details.)
  5. Always make sure you check over your post for spelling errors, grammar errors, and your use of words. Don’t use overly casual language (e.g. like you would use in MSN or text messages). Write as you would for your classwork.
  6. Because of technology, even if you delete a comment or image, it may have been saved by other people once you place it on the web. So be sure it is something you are happy to share.
  7. Therefore, you have to take care when you add anything to the web – whether it is words or images. (Note: This also applies to other places like Facebook, MySpace and other social networks on the Internet.) Be sure you would be happy for many different types of people to read what you say – e.g. your teachers, your parents, your grandparents…’

# Exercise

Are these guidelines adaptable to educator practice?

Should anything else be added or noted here? What else do educators have to consider? (apart from the semantics of words here and there)

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