All about blogging @ Apollo

What is a blog?

A blog, or ‘web log’ as it is more formally known, is an online newsletter or journal that can be shared with a specific audience on the internet. Blogging is a virtual way that we can share work that we have done in our classroom to an audience and learn about communication along the way.

 

What are some of the benefits of blogging in the classroom?

  • Improved literacy skills
  • Improved ICT skills
  • Developing home/school partnerships
  • Developing a sense of community within the classroom
  • Encouraging eSmart behaviour

 

What are APPS guidelines on blogging?

Internet safety is highly important to Apollo Parkways Primary School. These guidelines have been established to ensure students learn about appropriate online behaviours through a ‘real’ and engaging experience.

Here are the blogging guidelines at A.P.P.S

  • All blogs will be password protected, meaning that you need a username and password to add/edit any information on the blog.
  • Students will only be identified by their first name.
  • Posts written by students are checked by the classroom teacher before they are published on the blog.
  • Posts will not include personal details about students such as addresses and family information.
  • All comments submitted have to be approved by the classroom teacher before they are included on the blog.
  • There will be no individual photos of students.
  • Parents who leave comments are asked to use their first name only so as not to identify their child.
  • Blogs will only be updated by students at school during school times.
  • All students must abide by the blogging rules that are established as a class.

 

What are the class blogging rules that have been established by 5G?

  • Always follow the quality comment rules – begin the comment with ‘Dear Miss Galtieri’ and end the comment with ‘From (your name)’.
  • Answer the questions provided in full sentences – it is a good idea to create your comment in the Pages app first and then copy it over; this allows your work to be saved automatically!
  • Use correct punctuation and grammar.
  • The comment must read like a letter.

A quality comment should read like this…

Dear Miss Galtieri,

Today during reading, I completed the BtN activity. Here are my answers to the questions:

(Answers in full sentences, for example):

1. The temperature in Queensland today was 30 degrees celcius.

From Sarah

How do I make a quality comment?

We encourage parents, students and teachers to leave comments on our posts!

  • Click on the post heading you would like to leave a comment on
  • Scroll down the page until you see the ‘Leave a Comment’ section
  • You will need to provide your name (you may use a nickname) or an optional email address
  • Complete the ‘spam word’ (this is to ensure that all comments are written by real people!).
  • Type in your quality comment!
  • Click ‘Submit Comment’

All comments are emailed to Miss Galtieri to be approved to ensure the safety of our blog for our students.

Where can I find out more information?

Please do not hesitate to contact Miss Galtieri with any questions or comments you may have.

Or see…

http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/

https://www.esmartschools.org.au

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