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Scenario A
Your fourth grade class has been blogging for about two months now. They have shared several writing projects on their class blogs, including revisions of some short stories with illustrations. To protect your students’ identities, all students use only their first name and first letter of their last names (e.g., Kayla F., Joseph R.)

Your students have commented on each others blogs, and a few parents and other teachers have added comments as well. Your students have become accustomed to this feedback from your internal audience.

Today, one of your students, Aaron, asked you about a comment on his blog. Someone complimented him on his story but Aaron doesn’t recognize the name. You review the comment and the link provided, and it appears to be someone from Canada doing educational research. Aaron asks what he should do next.

Teacher Response to Scenario
First, Aaron needs to be praised for following online safety protocol. He came directly to the teacher when he felt unsure of something online. As the teacher, the next step would be to evaluate the comment that is of concern. If an email address was provided, the teacher could contact the person who made the comment and ask about his/her purpose for commenting. If an email was not provided, the teacher should check out the link that was given. Since inappropriate content can be hidden in links, the teacher should use caution when opening this in front of students. If the link proves to have a valid web address that links the comment back to Canada and/or some form of research, then there is very little risk in approving the comment since it was positive. If the link is invalid or even worse, links to something inappropriate, the comment should be deleted immediately. Either way, Aaron and his class should use this comment as a learning experience. The teacher should reinforce the importance of why it is important to seek teacher/adult assistance in situations like these.

If the responder from Canada is indeed an educational researcher, you and your students could use this as a springboard to beginning a global classroom. This would be another great learning experience for the students and could further their creativity in the classroom. To get started, the teacher could follow 5 Tips for Creating a Global Classroom