ZIS Learning

Establishing a School Blogging Policy

Posted on: October 21, 2008

Considerations

Blogging can be an excellent way to convey and share information but there are several points to consider as more individuals start to blog at ZIS:

  • Writing to a blog can mean sharing opinions in a public space, are you comfortable with that?
  • Blogging may mean adjusting your writing style for publishing online, getting to the point and adding visuals versus just text.
  • Should the school have an official Blogging Policy that will apply to all groups (admin, teachers, students, clubs and teams) that are blogging on the school network?
  • What are the most effective methods for Admin, teachers, and students?

Recommendations

1) Audit the ZIS online profile

2) Establish a school-wide Blogging Policy

3) Edublogs for Teacher blogging

4) Learnerblogs for Student blogging

5) Reconsider how the ZIS Portal can incorporate and link announcements, clubs, Moodle & blogs

6) Encourage the use of Creative Commons License on posted materials

Administrators

  • foster and nurture a culture of responsible risk-taking and advocate policies promoting continuous innovation with technology
  • facilitate and support collaborative technology-enriched learning environments conducive to innovation for improved learning
  • identify, communicate, model, and enforce social, legal, and ethical practices to promote responsible use of technology

Further Reading:

Why Blog as an Administrator? – PDF file

CASTLE – Principal’s Blogging Project

Leadertalk – School Leadership blog

International School Bangkok Director blog

York School Toronto Principal’s Blog

Teachers

  • design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity
  • advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources
  • promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information
  • participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning

Further Reading:

10 ways to use your Edublog to teach

Patrick Holmes blog for US Design Class

Mark Dilworth’s education blog

Jason Welker’s class blog

Students

  • interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media
  • advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology
  • exhibit leadership for digital citizenship
  • transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies

Further Reading:

Personal and Private Identity Information

International Student Blogging Project

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