This blog is a site intended to enhance written discourse and media citizenship among students. We choose to matter, to make a difference.

Our goals:
1) develop and apply our writing skills as we read, write, and think about our interests, our learning, and our world;
2) consider and connect our writing skills, our learning, and our world to narrate, explain, and persuade in order to clarify and share our understandings;
3) understand audience, purpose, and format in mixed-media presentations to narrate, explain, and persuade;
4) engage others in conversations that consider additional concepts about our ideas;
5) collaborate with others to deliberate on and revise our language style decisions;
6) participate as positive, responsible, and productive citizens in the web world.
For more information, see Why Blog?

The Expectations / Netiquette
1. Be safe: If you are a student you must use your code name. Follow and remember this netiquette: Keep your personal information to yourself, not publicly presented. Keep your password secure to yourself and with your teacher or family.  

2. Be kind: Be overly friendly and positive; you must refrain from any profane, sarcastic, or unkind responses.

3. Be respectful: Since our writing work is schoolwork, school rules and expectations apply when making any references on or to this site. Remember to work on your files only; edit others' work only with permission. If someone forgets to log out, please log out for them. See  Comment Guidelines below.

4. Be productive: Make sure you communicate clearly and intelligently (no text message wording please) on a relevant topic. Remember your purpose and audience.
5. If the above criteria are met, your work will remain part of our community of learners.
6. The views on student blogs are not necessarily those of Ms. Edwards or the students' schools.
Rules Adapted from: The South Titan Government Blog

Comment Considerations

Are you anxious to blog? Are you wondering how to start?

Think about it: you blog so others will learn from and share your ideas. Someone might add to your ideas. This happens through commenting. Just like everything else we do, if we want something, we need to give something.

So our challenge as bloggers is to give comments to those blogs we read. If we want comments, we've got to give some. But what is a good comment?

A blog comment is your footprint…
a path back to you…
prepare your path wisely.

A great blog comment ?
How to write one:

Let’s practice the best strategies for blogging by writing great comments.

1. Be safe. Be kind. Provide no personal information and always be overly positive and kind. Remember our Netiquette [above].

2. Read a post. Make a connectionWhile reading a blog and its comments, think about what you like, what you connect with. What idea most interested you? Be sure to read the other comments so you don't repeat what someone has already said or asked. What was well-written and what ideas did you like? On what can you compliment the author? And, what can you add (see Number 4).

3. Write a comment. Write it like a letter.
Hi ___[author name]___.
[Your Content-- see next tip--4.]
Thank you.

4. Share a compliment. Share a connection. Appreciate something specific. Compliment the idea, image, or other part you liked. Put it in quotes. Add new ideas with your connection (agree, disagree, experience, idea, link, question). Add the idea you considered -- your connection, agreement, disagreement (Although your idea is interesting, I'd like to add another side...). Do you have a link to share? an image? a question? How will you say it kindly?

5. Check your ideas. Make them flow. Read your comment aloud to yourself; do the ideas flow one to another? Does it make sense?

6. State your ideas and opinions only. Write nothing personal. Review our Internet safety rules for keeping private and personal information off the internet. Netiquette again.

7. Check spelling. Check punctuation. Edit your writing for spelling, punctuation, grammar, format so you are readable and believable, BEFORE you submit.

8. Give one. Get oneIf you get a comment, be sure to comment back.

Remember: like handwriting, your comment represents you!

What path will you take to write great comments? Which step to commenting do you think is the most important? Write a comment explaining the step or steps to commenting you think are most important. Have we forgotten anything?

Steps to Great Comments -- click for larger image.


More Internet Safety Information

About safety:
Watch the video at iKeepSafe for more information.
Never post your personal information or information about someone else.
Learn more about online safety:
In our community and in your classrooms, on a daily basis, practice our Net Safety through lessons, discussions, and interactions on and offline.

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