Let the Learning Begin!

We have had a great time learning about blogging in Mrs. S’s class this week!

First, we read a blook (get it? blog + book = blook) on blogging written by 5th graders in the United States to start exploring the blogging basics.

Next, we investigated quite a few blogs, some from schools in the US, and some from students and teachers here at ISB, to discover what the essential components of a blog are.

And, we learned a lot!

Here are a few of the highlights:

  • With a blog, you can communicate with people around the world.
  • Students who blog are excited about learning.
  • Anyone can see your blog anywhere.
  • A URL is the website address – you can find a blog when you know the URL.
  • Writing a blogs post is just like writing paragraphs – we need to use proper spelling, grammar and punctuation, so make sure to proofread your writing before you post.
  • Save a copy of your blog post in MS Word just in case.
  • The word “blogs” really stands for weblogs.
  • Blogs were made because people wanted to talk and share things with other people.
  • Blogs were made not very long ago.
  • You should never write any personal information on your blog because anyone in the world could see it.
  • Sometimes people blog because they want to be famous.
  • Never tell anyone else your password.
  • You can tell who wrote a post at the bottom of a post, it says “posted by….” or you can use the “about” page.
  • Blogs can take a long time to write because we have to think about what we write.

Finally, we watched two short Public Service Announcements from the US.

The first one was about online safety, it’s called: Think Before You Post:

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Here’s what we learned about online safety:

  • Never, ever post personal information: pictures of yourself, phone number, house address, e-mail address, financial information, password, location, last name, employment information of family members, school, birth date and age, detailed physical description.

Questions to ask yourself before you post:

  • If I write this, will it be embarrassing if other people see it?
  • Will I not want this to be on the web in the future?
  • Is this appropriate to be on the internet?
  • Would my parents let me write this on the internet?
  • Will this be a huge mistake?
  • Will people actually look at this?
  • What will other people think when they read this?
  • There are lots of ways to interpret writing – make sure you mean what you say.

The second one was about cyberbullying, it’s called: The Talent Show:

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Here’s what we learned about cyberbullying:

  • If you don’t want to say it out loud, why would you want to write it?
  • Writing things is just as hurtful as saying them in person.
  • Some people read words, and blogs, differently, so be very careful what you say.
  • You should never insult someone – online or in person.
  • Only write things that you would say in the classroom with everyone listening.
  • You should say good things about people, not bad things – or nothing at all.

Let’s keep this discussion going! Please leave a comment and share with us what you think is the most important thing we learned and why.

25 thoughts on “Let the Learning Begin!

  1. Ms C and class – really liked this blog post. I hadn’t seen these videos before, and I really liked the list on what you learned about blogging and cyberbullying. Thank you.

    Keep up the good work!

    – Michael Coghlan (Australia)

  2. Thanks for sharing! I am teaching blogging with my 4th graders in Wisconsin, US and I will be sure to share this post with them – you came up with a great list of blogging information!

  3. What a great list of reminders for students – easy for my year 3 class to read. I’ll be sure to send this link to other teachers on our stage as we are developing or own blog for the first time!

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  5. I’ve been working with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students at my school to get them started with blogging. We are using 21 Classes instead of Edublogs. Thanks for sharing what you’ve learned about blogging and the videos. I will be sharing this blog post with my students in South Carolina, US. Keep up the great work!

  6. Dear Ms Cofino,
    This is a great example of how to introduce 3rd grade students to blogging. The children are in good hands on the internet with these teachers!

    Dear Mrs. S,
    Congratulations on being willing to engage your students with the world. I am sure they will find new meaning in reading and writing through this experience, but the best part will be the friends they make in other countries.

    Dear Students,
    Have fun! Writing is an exciting thing to do when you have an audience who cares about what you like and think. I have a feeling you will find friends in Singapore and Pennsylvania as you write in your blog and read the blogs of the other class blogs!

    I was in Pennsylvania last week meeting with other students and teachers at the Science Leadership Academy, a high school in Philadelphia.

    Dennis Richards
    Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

  7. I think that the most important thing i learned was to not write any personal information when you are blogging. Such as passwords,description (ext).
    Keep up the good work, love nicole

  8. I learned that I have to think before I write.
    I need to make shore that I write nice things.
    I can’t write any personal information.

  9. I learned that you should think before you post: Will people look at this? Will it be an embarrassing incident? Will I not want it to be on the Internet in the future? Etc,

    Thinking before you is some thing to do about cyber bullying too:
    If I write this will it hurt someone’s feelings? Will my parents get mad once they look at it? Will I get into MASSIVE trouble? Etc,

  10. I learned that saying bad things in person could be just as harmful as saying it in a blog because everyone can see it.

  11. I learned that you should not write personal information. Because every body all over the world can see it.

  12. I learned to think before you post like you are really sure you want it that way.You should read it to someone before you post.

  13. I learned that don’t post something that you wouldn’t say in person and to not post something that is embarrassing or personal information .Think before you post.

  14. I learned that cyber bulling goes all over the world instead of one person. And also not to write thing you don’t say in person. Don’t write your password address personal description or any information okay by

  15. I learned that you should not put a picture of yourself on your blogs.Its also not to put personal imformation.

  16. I think it is important that you think before you post because you may not want other people to see it.

  17. I learned that you have to write good things always because when you type things bad your friend will be mad so,you must write good things.

  18. Dear Mrs. Suits Class,

    It is great to visit your blog and to learn about on-line safety.

    Josh, I really liked what you wrote about not saying bad things about anyone on the blog. Good luck with the learning on the blog- this is indeed an exciting project!
    Best wishes,

    Good luck

  19. Everybody has said really important things about blogging safety!
    Have fun with it but be careful!

  20. These videos explain important lessons very well! I’m impressed that they are embedded on the blog for everyone to view. Well done, Mrs. S’s class!
    –an ISB parent and big fan of internet safety

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