How to write a good quality comment
- Compliment the writer in a specific way, ask a question, and/or add new information to the post.
- Write your comment about the post. There are often ideas at the bottom of the post about what you could comment about.
- Check your comment for correct spelling, spacing and punctuation before you submit it.
- Don’t reveal any personal information about yourself in your comment. (Eg: no surnames)
- Be nice!
- When making comments about BTN or specific questions, use your knowledge about persuasive texts. Eg: Make your aguments powerful. Use emotive language. Engage your audience.
Parents and students are encouraged to make comments on our blog. These comments must be approved by a teacher before they are published!
What Students / Teachers Can Learn From Blogging
Practising Literacy and Digital Literacy Skills: A blog requires a lot of reading and writing as well as communicating and conversing with others. Persuasive writing skills can be developed by responding to the Behind The News Program where students are required to watch contemporary issues and justify their opinions through text.
◦Authentic Audience: In the traditional classroom, the only audience for student work was the teacher and sometimes classmates and parents. Blogs provide a much larger audience for student work and an avenue for feedback and self-improvement through commenting.
◦Sense of Community: Creating a class blog requires teamwork and collaboration. Students and teachers learn and share their learning together. A real sense of classroom community can be developed through blogging and establishing a class /neighbourhood identity.
◦Global Connections: This can be one of the most exciting benefits of blogging. Blogging can help flatten the classroom walls and we hope to get to know many classes across the world.
◦ICT Skills: Blogging assists students to become more ICT literate which is an important 21st century skill. Through blogging, we are able to incidentally discuss many ICT skills such as researching online and troubleshooting.
◦Home- School Partnerships: Through reading a blog, families can be a part of what is happening in our neighbourhood and have real time access to their child’s education.
◦Appropriate Online Behaviours: Everyone will agree that teaching students to be safe online is an important issue. You caa’t just do one off lessons on cyber safety. Cyber safety is not a separate subject. Through being heavily involved in blogging, students have opportunities almost every day to discuss cyber safety issues and appropriate online behaviours in an authentic setting.
◦Confidence: We have found that students really take pride in their work that goes on the blog and want to do their best for their impending audience. Students can gain self-confidence from being part of a class blog and demonstrating their achievements.
Overall, blogging is a platform for everything. It is a fantastic place to start for teachers and students who want to learn about technology. Additionally, there are so many wonderful Web 2.0 tools out there which have so much more value when you can embed them in a blog.
With thanks to @kathleen_morris (a fantastic teacher to follow on twitter and an expert in blogging / web2 technologies)
http://primarytech.global2.vic.edu.au/ (Kathleen’s Blog is brilliant)