Guidelines for Using Wikis and Blogs
Amy Phillips, GES Technology created these guidelines.  Thanks, Amy!
***permission to use wikis and blogs using district guidelines, please fill out forms for both district permission and parental permission.  
 
 
Rules for Content:
• Before posting make sure your work is your best work. 
• Think before you post: Make sure what you write is appropriate to put online.
• Always tell the truth on your posts
• Online work is NOT private.  Never publish online the following information:
    • Address
    • Last Name
    • Password
    • Phone Number
    • E-mail address
    • Detailed physical description
    • Detailed location where you can be found on a given day and time
    • Photos of yourself
• Never share your user name or password with anyone except your teachers and parents.
• Is your post learning related?
• Give credit in your works cited list to anyone whose work you use. Never use other people’s work and call it your own. In other words, don’t cut, copy, or plagiarize Internet content!
• Share your knowledge with others; when you learn something new, pass it along to someone else who can benefit.
• Carefully proofread your online work before you post, just like you would a regular letter. Use good form, spelling and grammar.
• Capital letters are regarded as “SHOUTING.” Be careful with them.
• Don’t publicly criticize (or “flame”) others. Don’t be offensive, and don’t ever use bad language.
• Never log in as someone else.
 
Rules for Commenting:
• Acknowledge the author of the blog post.
• Let the author know if you agree with him/her and why.
• It is also ok to disagree with something, just let the author know why you feel that way.
• One word comments are not very useful. Writing just “cool” or “nice” are not very helpful and don’t let the author of the blog post really know what you are thinking.
• Always make sure you follow “netiquette”. Think if it is appropriate BEFORE you hit the submit button.
• Always be polite . It does not matter if you agree or disagree with what you are reading in a blog. Don’t write anything you would be ashamed of saying to someone’s face.
Don’t hurt somebody’s feelings.
 
Comment Starters:
• This made me think about…….
• I wonder why…….
• Your writing made me form an opinion about…….
• This post is relevant because…….
• Your writing made me think that we should…….
• I wish I understood why…….
• This is important because…….
• Another thing to consider is…….
• I can relate to this…….
• This makes me think of…….
• I discovered…….
• I don’t understand…….
• I was reminded that…….
• I found myself wondering…….
Last Modified on November 11, 2010
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