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Clair Judas

Lesson Plan


Objective: Students will learn to safely use blogging software to post original content and comment on others’ posts.
Activities...
Teacher: Review the safe blogging information at NetSmartz.org/Blogging
  • With class, view video/website about blogging and appropriate/inappropriate comments on blogs
  • Have a discussion about blogging and appropriate/inappropriate activity and what to do about it.
  • Teacher post sample post with inappropriate comments
    • Working in small groups (3-4 students); One student identified as ‘Lead’ student.
    • Lead Students posts on their blogs how they would respond to the inappropriate post
    • Other Students within group comment on lead student's post
      • seeking clarification,
      • adding suggestions,
      • supporting poster’s ideas
    • Lead Student summarizes groups conversation
  • Large group discussion about small group responses.

Permission Letter

Greetings Students and Parents,

During this semester our Civics class will be examining volunteerism in America’s Millennial Generation (Americans born between 1980 and 1995). Those youth would be approximately 32 -17 years of age at this time. I am hoping that this topic will be of high interest to our middle school students and may, possibly, serve to inspire our students to volunteer themselves.

The students will be using an online tool called a Weblog or more commonly, a blog. A blog allows the student (or blogger) to write (post) his or her findings or thoughts about a topic to a specific audience or to a wider audience. In turn others can reply (comment) on the original post or to another student’s comment. It is my intent that students will engage in a lively give and take on this topic, and in so doing explore the topic more fully than just ‘writing a report’. This is a highly interactive project that the students should find to be of interest.

Because this is an online, internet activity student safety is a concern. Consequently, we will spend the first week exploring a variety of materials from Netsmartz. Netsmartz is a site dedicated to student safety on the internet. They have materials available for students, families and educators. I would suggest you also explore these materials and discuss them with your student. That way you and the school can work together to teach your student how to access the web responsibly, safely and wisely. Students will be learning to set privacy controls, learning about behaviors that protect them from others and receive guidance about divulging personal information.

We will start by setting our blogging software to only allow the students to access their classmates and other middle school students within our campus. I expect to spend 2-3 weeks in this ‘confined’ environment. During this time students will be practicing safe blogging and reporting.

Starting with week 4 we will expand the walls of the garden. Blogging is intended to be a conversation with others. Students will be expected to explore blogs by other schools, volunteer organizations, or non-profits and gather information from them about volunteerism. They will then write about what they have learned in their blogs and comment on the posts of other students. Since, at this point their blogs will be public beyond our walls, it is hoped that others will also comment on the students’ posts.

The EduBlogger has a great report on The State of Educational Blogging in 2012. I would suggest this as reading for any who would like to know more about the potential benefits of blogging for students.

This activity can only happen with your permission. Please read and discuss the following guidelines with your student. Once you are clear on the guidelines, it is necessary for both you and your student to sign the agreement below.
  1. Safety: Students are expected to follow the safety guidelines shared in class. Student names will be confined to first names only, or a pseudonym if requested. The name of the school, city, state, family name, passwords, email addresses or other identifying information may not be shared with others.
  2. Respect: Students are expected to treat students, staff and others with dignity and respect. This is an opportunity to learn to engage in spirited discussion around an interesting topic. Descending into personal attacks will not be condoned.
  3. School representative: Even though students will not be divulging the identity of the school, they are still to see themselves of representatives of the school. At all times students are expected to treat computers and the network with care. Accessing inappropriate content will not be accepted.
  4. Privileges: Students who behave irresponsibly with regard to safety, respect or fail to act as an appropriate school representative risk losing their internet privileges.

I have read and agree to the blogging terms and conditions. I agree to uphold them.
Student signature: _ Date:
Parent's signature: _ Date:

Kelly Schreckengost

Lesson Plan

Teaching Safe Blog Behavior
Grades: 3rd and 4th



Objective: To teach students safe and responsible behavior when using blogs

Materials: Internet connection and a web browser

Procedure:
Teach the definition of a weblog
  • “A Weblog is an easily created, easily updateable Web site that allows the author (or authors) to publish instantly to the Internet from any Internet connection.” Richardson, W. (2010). Blogs, Wiki’s Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms.
Show students examples of various classroom blog sites
Discuss the benefits of Weblogs
  • A way to showcase student work
  • A way to comment on student work
  • A way to connect with the world around us
Discuss the risks that come with using Weblogs
  • Personal information is to be avoided (predators may be lurking)
    • First names only or pseudonyms
    • No identifying information (address, phone number, family information)
  • Any comment or work published stays on the internet indefinitely
    • Teach appropriateness and personal responsibility
  • Discuss what to do when inappropriate content is portrayed
    • Filters help remove inappropriate content, but are not perfect
    • When inappropriate content is discovered, teach students to quietly hit back button on browser (do not draw more student attention) and immediately seek teacher help
    • It is the teacher’s responsibility to explain what happened (not every detail if inappropriate) to help the entire class learn from an incident
    • Incidents should not be hidden, but addressed
  • Discuss what to do when someone unknown posts a comment
    • Immediately have student seek teacher assistance to determine any risks
      • If comment is positive and relevant, the risks of accepting the comment to a blog are low (students should still be on guard)
      • If comment is inappropriate or irrelevant it can and should be denied approval to be posted

Further Development

If time permits and resources are available, create a whole class blog and teach students how to post, comment, and monitor it. If this task is undertaken, refer to the Reference Sample Blogging Letter from p. 15 of Blogs, Wiki’s Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms www.tinyurl.com/636vh5 as parental permissions will need obtained.

Permission Letter

Dear Families:

Starting in the next few weeks, your child's language arts class will be using Weblogs to increase their writing skills. Weblogs are easily created and updateable websites that allow individuals the ability to publish works instantly to the Internet using a web browser. Your child will be using a classroom based weblog to post their reflections to a weekly reading passage assigned by the teacher. The purpose of the assignment is to help your child become a proficient writer by giving them the chance to experience what it is like to have a real audience viewing their work. Each week your child will receive a maximum of three points awarded for:
1. Posting a weekly reflection (1 pt.)
2. Accurately reflecting upon what was read (1 pt.)
3. Using proper grammar and spell checking their work (1 pt.)
Computer time and access to the class blog will be provided for each student. Please be reassured that security and online safety measures have been implemented to minimize risk to your child. Your child will only be allowed to identify themselves by their first name. If you would prefer your child use a pseudonym, please answer yes when the question is presented to you below. Your children will be taught and advised that no identifying information, such as school name, age, family names, photos, etc., is permitted to be shared online. The blog that your children will be using will be monitored by the teacher. Comments that are submitted will be reviewed by the teacher for appropriateness before they are posted. Your child will also be participating in an initial lesson to teach him/her about blog safety and how to identify potentially dangerous situations and how to respond to them. In order for your child to start posting to our class blog, we ask that you please review and discuss the following conditions with your child, sign and date the form, and then return the form to me.
Blog Conditions:
1. Students are expected to keep all personal information out of their posts. This includes family names, passwords, usernames, email addresses, home address, school name, city, country, or other information. Ideas and interests are always welcomed!
2. Students are expected to treat the class blog as an extension of the classroom. All speech used will be appropriate for the classroom. All discussions will relate to work in the classroom.
3. Students will use the class blog to connect with a real audience. Although that audience will more than likely be just your child's class, the content posted to our blog can be viewed by others online. If your child encounters a comment posted by an unknown person, they should report it to the teacher immediately. No response to the comment should be made until the risks are evaluated.
4. Students are not allowed to download any software or click on any advertisement that may appear while working on the class blog.
5. Students who do not abide by these rules will lose the privilege of participating in this assignment and all computer privileges will be revoked.

I have read and agree to the above conditions and promise to uphold them.

Student's signature:Date:
Parent's signature:_Date:

Would you like your child to use an online pseudonym in place of their first name when online? Please circle answer: YES NO



Dawn Frye

Lesson Plan

Objective
Teach safe, responsible blog behavior while discussing a novel.
Materials
copy of Blogging Guide and Online Safety, computer with internet access
Procedure
As students read the novel outside of class, teacher will:
  • Day 1: Discuss with students what a blog is and discuss how it will enhance the English classroom experience using Langwitches Blogging PDF Blogging in the Classroom Discuss with students what I expect of their blog posts using Langwitches Blogging Guide as inspiration (since it is for younger students). Discuss blogging safety as outlined in Langwitches Lesson Plan for Online Safety Online Safety
  • Day 2: Students will practice blogging by "wall blogging" using the SmartBoard. Students will critique which comments are most appropriate and which comments should be improved to meet class standards for appropriate responses to each other. Teacher will post image of the "wall blogging" to the class blog to serve as a reminder of blogging etiquette.
  • Day 3 and beyond: Students will begin logging on to the blog and posting their answers to questions about character, setting, plot, theme. In the first five minutes of class, the class will discuss any issues they see on the blog and will decide as a class how to handle the issues (such as outside comments, questionable responses,online safety concerns, etc.).

Permission Letter

Dear Parent or Guardian,
In the coming weeks, our English class will begin discussing our novel using a class Weblog. A Weblog is an online resource that allows us to stay connected outside the classroom and discuss the novel in a different environment than is available in the classroom. This assignment will help your student to dig deeper into the novel and will allow for more in-depth discussion than we have time for in the classroom. In addition, this "blog" will allow different classes to discuss the same novel and will enhance the amount of discussion we can have.
Every child is expected to meet the following criteria:
  • create a new post for the weekly topic
  • respond to at least 3 other students' posts for the weekly topic
  • use correct mechanics (spelling, grammar, etc.)
  • disagree in a productive, not destructive manner.
Safety guidelines all bloggers must follow:
  • use only first names of bloggers in posts
  • avoid detailed descriptions of local information for bloggers
  • avoid personal detailed physical descriptions of self and other bloggers
  • never include photos of bloggers' faces - other types of photos may be uploaded.

If you agree to the above criteria and safety guidelines, please return the permission slip by the end of the week. If student does not have permission, he/she will be given an alternate assignment.
Parent Signature_ Date
Student Signature Date

Marc Vogle

Lesson Plan

Objective - To create a safe online profile to be used for classroom

​Materials - computer with internet access
- online name form

Procedure -
- Discuss how online content can be seen by anyone and why it is important to create a safe profile
- Share experiences with posting content online
- Use the PowerPoint presentation to teach online safety (PPT)
- Have students complete the online name form explaining their profile
- After teacher reviews each student's profile, create profiles online in order to use with a class blog

Resources
Aldecardy. (2008). Online safety keynote.Retrieved from
http://www.slideshare.net/aldecardy/online-profile-keynote-presentation

ReadWriteThink. (2012). ​Creating a safe online profile. Retrieved from
http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/activities-projects/creating-safe-online-profile-30306.html?main-tab=2#tabs




Permission Letter

Dear Families,
Throughout the school year, students in Design and Engineering III will be posting their work online. This will range from writing daily work logs to sharing photographs of projects. Students will have a chance to make all posts during class, but may also access the site from home. The main online technology we will be using is a blog. Blogs allow students to not only post their thoughts, but also comment on others' posts.
When working online, safety is always an issue. We will discuss how to post safely and create online profiles in class. These profiles will not reveal your child's full name or other personal information. All posts and comments will be monitored by me. Since the content is online, it can be viewed by anyone. However, if you would prefer, your child could post only on our school's Moodle site, which can only be viewed by other Central Dauphin students.
The following are student guidelines -
- Be safe and do not share any personal or identifying information
- Be respectful of others and use appropriate language
- Be responsible and report any issues to the teacher immediately
Please sign below stating that you agree for your child to participate in the online portion of this course.
Parent Signature -
Student Signature -
Date -

Robert Reed

Objective: To identify safety and ethical standards for student use of wikis/

Materials Needed: Computer Lab with Internet Access

Target: Define and identify the purpose of a Wiki.

  • A wiki is a Web site that allows users to add and update content on the site using their own Web browser.

Have students follow the links to find out more about wikis.

Discuss the benefits of Wiki

  • A way to showcase original work and share with others.
  • A way to add to content and collaborate on the work of others.
  • A way to have research continue to grow beyond one person or one class.
  • A way to connect with other students beyond are school.

Discuss safety and ethical issues of wikis.

  • Personal information
    • Do not give out personal information beyond class information.
    • Realize personal information can be used by anyone and that the wiki will be viewed by people around the world.
    • Do not post personal pictures.
  • Review District AUP on student behavior on use of the internet.
  • Discuss what to do when inappropriate content is encounted.
  • Discuss what to do when someone unknown posts information that is not appropriate for wiki.

Information to Post on Teacher Web Page for Students and Parents:
https://www.acteonline.org/uploadedFiles/Publications_and_E-Media/files/files-techniques-2009/theme5(1).pdf

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Wiki Parent Letter


The members of World History 10 at Smith School will be participating in a class wiki for the purposes of developing research on World War II.

Responding to and commenting on curriculum topics as we study them.
Creating written projects/ media projects and commenting on each other’s work
Encouraging process writing
Practicing persuasive writing
Reviewing and sharing study strategies before tests and quizzes
Creative writing
Practicing taking varied points of view on a topic
Sharing classroom events with families
Sharing special projects, such as …
Discussing current events
Making classroom suggestions
Creating FAQ pages on curriculum topics
Other:

Safety
In the interest of students’ safety, the following restrictions have been configured on the wiki: (keep the ones that apply; delete others)

Only the teacher can enter registrations
Only students, parents, and staff members with a related interest to this class are allowed to add to or edit the wiki.
Only registered members can see the wiki
All wiki content is subject to teacher approval and/or deletion.
The teacher will be notified of any edits to the wiki.
All wiki content will be removed from public view after the school year 2012 has ended.
No individual or identifiable profiles are available on the wiki


Terms and Conditions

  • All students and participants in this wiki project must agree to the terms and conditions of this agreement.
  • No student may edit or delete the work of another without including a written explanation for the changes (with initials or pseudonym signature) in the Discussion area for that page.
  • The teacher: Mr. Smith, will make every reasonable effort to monitor conduct on the class wiki in order to maintain a positive learning community. All participants will respect the each other’s time and efforts by supporting the same positive approach.
  • No student or other participant may include any information or images on the site that could compromise the safety of other wiki members. Avoid specific comments about our location or schedules, if they would be visible to outsiders.
  • All participants will be respectful in their postings and edits. No trash-talk, inappropriate language, personal insults, profanity, spam, racist, sexist or discriminatory remarks, or threatening comments will be tolerated.
  • No student or other participant may post, comment, or change settings on the site in violation of these terms and conditions.
  • All participants must protect their log-in and password information, as well as class passwords (if any) . If participants suspect that a password has been compromised, he/she must notify the teacher immediately.
  • No participant may share his/her log-in information or protected information about the site with anyone who is not a participant. This includes adding trackbacks or other means by which outsiders can access the site without permission.
  • Any participant who is aware of violations of this agreement by others must report these violations to the teacher immediately both verbally and in writing (email or note).
  • All use of the wiki must be in accordance with the school’s Acceptable Use Policy, including entries made from computers outside of school.
  • Uncited use of copyrighted material in wiki postings, files, or comments will be deemed as plagiarism and punished accordingly.
  • No posting or edit may facilitate or promote illegal activity, either overtly or by implication.
  • No student may edit or delete the work of another without including a written explanation for the changes in the Discussion area for that page.

Signatures
I agree to the terms and conditions of the class wiki for World History 10 for the
2012 school year, and permit my student to participate in the wiki project.

Student signature:
Date:



Parent signature:
Date:


Resources:
EduCause
www.teachersfirst.com



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