Posted by: LMS Journal Tags: Categories: Rules and Guidelines February 12, 2013 @ 12:59 PM 0 Comments      

Thanks for stopping by.  Let us know what you think about our blog.  We are working hard to develop the skills and attitudes that help build global connections through commenting. This year, 2012-2013, our 7th graders will be reading and responding to each other and to the world.  Positive and helpful comments are welcome and monitored.  All comments and posts will be held in moderation until approved by the site administrator.

Guidelines for commenting on our LMS Journal Page 

The purpose of commenting is for us to connect.  We comment a lot:  some comment on YouTube videos, on blogs, face to face – pretty much, we comment all the time.  We comment to learn, and hope that our learning will come from people all around the world.  We comment to express our opinions about what has been written.  We comment to connect, and to connect we tell stories, use humor, and share our thinking.  Remember, you are trying to engage the blogger in a conversation!  A good comment can be the beginning of a good blogging relationship.  Here is our advice and the advice of friends on quality commenting:

Think about your digital privacy:

  • Use your first name only to identify yourself.
  • Leave off your home email, your street address, phone number, or school name.
  • Don’t share specifics of your daily routines that involve time and location (ie where & when your soccer practice is)

Think about the tone of your comment:

  • Be polite, friendly, and encouraging.
  • Have some humor, but be careful with sarcasm.
  • If you disagree, don’t be rude about it; give constructive (helpful) feedback.

Think about the content of your comment:

  • Keep your comment on topic and make sense.  Say something about the original post.
  • Don’t say random stuff or get really silly.
  • Be more formal than you would in real life, but not stuffy.
  • Avoid texting shortcuts like u for you and l8r for later, and only use one emoticon if you need to.
  • Sometimes add a question at the end to keep the conversation going.
  • Include your blog url (address) so the blogger knows where to find you.

Think about conventions of your comment:

  • Try to fix your spelling mistakes: possibly use a word processing for drafting your comments or used spell check if your program has it.
  • Use capitals in the right places: people’s names, places, the beginning of a sentence, and on “I” –no evil i’s.  The use of all capital letters is like yelling.
  • Punctuate properly: period at the end of a sentence, space after a period, comma, or end bracket. One “!” will do: you don’t need a string of exclamation marks.
  • Remember, you are putting your best self forward, so polish your comments.

Be aware of copyright — especially with sounds and images.  Make sure what you use is copyright free !! (Just because you find it on the internet does not mean you are free to use it without permission !!) If in doubt, review Copyright Issues on the Web for more information.

These commenting guidelines were written February 12, 2013.
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Posted by: LMS Journal Categories: Rules and Guidelines February 12, 2013 @ 12:56 PM 0 Comments      

This blog is public and anyone can see it.  These individuals include faculty, friends, family members, and potential future employers.  I encourage everyone to use spell check and appropriate punctuation.  Try to develop a comfortable, ongoing, blog-writing style, which can be conversational, informed, and willing to share expertise.  Also, this blog can include questions you may have of the class or the instructor.

Many educators, parents, and administrators fear the safety of online communication.  There are special programs that allow teacher control as well as filtering on the blog posts and comments.  This blog will attempt to create a positive place and allow feedback only from classmates or specified individuals.  Our class discusses how to promote safe blogging by suggesting that public student blogs are completed under nicknames and do not include any personal information or photos.

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