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Re: Blogging in science class
Raven

    I answered this in the other forum as well:I don't use a blog, but a discussion board. Since they are
    similar, I'll go ahead and answer the questions anyway.

    During the first two weeks of school, I take my students into
    the computer lab where we explore, as a class, the classroom
    webpage. I then give them some time to explore it on their
    own. For the discussion board, we talk about what is
    acceptable and what is not before hand, the difference between
    a new post and a reply, etc. We also create questions about a
    short story we've just read. Once we've done that (and I've
    gotten all permission forms back for COPPA compliance), I have
    them log in to the discussion board. Then once logged in, we
    walk through making posts, replying, editing, etc. Then I have
    them post their questions about the short story and reply to a
    certain number to practice.

    Posting for my students is mandatory--even for kids without a
    computer at home because we have 1 computer lab, open before
    and after school, and a library with 12 computers. There is
    not a single student who doesn't have access to a computer
    this way.

    There is a set of rules on my classroom webpage and I don't
    let them use all slang. I don't mind lol and some things but
    their posts need to be typed with the best grammar and
    spelling possible for clarity and practice.

    Raven
    (My forum for my class is at: http://forum.oaksclass.com You
    won't see much without a login (COPPA) but you'll see some.)

    www.oaksclass.com