With our school’s very own blog children can express themselves and interact online in a safe, monitored environment. Children and teachers write blogs and respond to others at any time, in any place with an internet enabled computer – facilitating independent learning. It provides excellent opportunities for children to write in a wide range of genres, including discussion, recount and non-chronological reports. Writing a blog can be highly motivating to pupils, especially those who otherwise might struggle to engage with tradition methods. It is also an excellent communication tool between teacher and pupils and helps our school to raise literacy levels, whilst staying relevant and fun.
Meet aims of the computing curriculum
Key Stage 1 children need to be able to use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content and also recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.
Key Stage 2 children will need to be able to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. They should recognise acceptable and unacceptable online behaviour and identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
•Only use your first name or the first name of other pupils you are talking about in a blog post
•Always ask the people in a photo for their permission before you put it into a blog post
•Use appropriate language. Try to show off your best work/writing whilst blogging and use the tips people suggest to you to improve
•Always think before you post (if in doubt leave it out!). Try to post about things that your audience would like to read
•If you receive a comment, it is polite to respond, say thank you and reply to a question if they have left one
•Comment on other people’s posts too. Blogging is about commenting and posting!
•If your post doesn’t appear straight away, you teacher might be busy, do be patient
•Respect other people’s ideas and opinions. It is okay to disagree; it is not okay to be disagreeable
•If you see anything that shouldn’t be on your screen, do tell your teacher or parents immediately
•You must keep your password secure and not use anyone else’s username or password
•Always tag your posts with your computer network ID. You can then search for all the posts you have made on the blog site
Pupils must not:
•Never give out your address or phone number or any personal details. Try to blog safely
•Never identify yourself or another pupil shown in a photo
•Filenames of photos must not contain the name of any pupils
•Never give out your log in details to anyone
•Don’t be rude or horrible about anyone or anyone’s work
•Don’t post pictures of yourself without specific permission from your teacher or parents
•You must not add your full name or add a new nickname in your blog profile. Your profile has been set to ensure that you remain safe online