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Monday, February 06, 2006

Students Made This!

Blogging is a very public activity. Anything that gets posted on the internet stays there. Forever. Deleting a post simply removes it from the blog it was posted to. Copies of the post may exist scattered all over the internet. I have come across posts from my students on blogs as far away as Sweden! That is why we are being so careful to respect your privacy and using first names only. We do not use pictures of ourselves. If you really want a graphic image associated with your posting use an avatar -- a picture of something that represents you but IS NOT of you.

Two teachers in the U.S.A. worked with their classes last year to come up with a list of guidelines for student bloggers.

One of them, Bud The Teacher, has these suggestions, among others:

  1. Students using blogs are expected to treat blogspaces as classroom spaces. Speech that is inappropriate for class is not appropriate for our blog. While we encourage you to engage in debate and conversation with other bloggers, we also expect that you will conduct yourself in a manner reflective of a representative of this school.


  2. Never EVER EVER give out or record personal information on our blog. Our blog exists as a public space on the Internet. Don’t share anything that you don’t want the world to know. For your safety, be careful what you say, too. Don’t give out your phone number or home address. This is particularly important to remember if you have a personal online journal or blog elsewhere.


  3. Again, your blog is a public space. And if you put it on the Internet, odds are really good that it will stay on the Internet. Always. That means ten years from now when you are looking for a job, it might be possible for an employer to discover some really hateful and immature things you said when you were younger and more prone to foolish things. Be sure that anything you write you are proud of. It can come back to haunt you if you don’t.


  4. Never link to something you haven’t read. While it isn’t your job to police the Internet, when you link to something, you should make sure it is something that you really want to be associated with. If a link contains material that might be creepy or make some people uncomfortable, you should probably try a different source.


Another teacher, Steve, developed a set of guidelines in consultation with his students. You can read them here.

Look over the guidelines and add the ones you like in the comments section below this post; either from one of Steve's students or one of your own. I think Bud's suggestions are excellent. We'll be using the one's I highlighted above as a basis for how we will use our blog.

Cheers,
Mr. K.



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5 Comments:

At 2/06/2006 4:40 PM, Blogger Emile said...

Again, your blog is a public space. And if you put it on the Internet, odds are really good that it will stay on the Internet. Always. That means ten years from now when you are looking for a job, it might be possible for an employer to discover some really hateful and immature things you said when you were younger and more prone to foolish things. Be sure that anything you write you are proud of. It can come back to haunt you if you don’t.

I like it because it really tells you that truth that behind your monitor,CPU, and keyboard there is the whole world waiting to know you!!!!!.... By the way nice teaching Mr.K I personally understand our lesson today I hope it stays the same.....

 
At 2/06/2006 5:16 PM, Blogger Jefferson said...

I agree with Emile, think of a web blog like public property. You don't want strangers to know who you are or where you attend school. Because it's quite creepy. If you have some personal information, don't share it on the net because it could ruin your life. Example losing an opportunity to be in a great job becuase of some personal content you posted.

I also liked today's lesson. Unfortunatly. Im not too clear with the unit circle. So if Mr.k or fellow students can help me, I would really appreciate it.

 
At 2/06/2006 8:18 PM, Blogger mark said...

The blog site we all will be using should be treated as a classroom, as bud said. The blog is like our second classroom, it's more fun than an actual classroom and will help us to understand concepts and !ideas!... you just have to locate where everything is XD

 
At 2/06/2006 11:11 PM, Blogger Mr. Kuropatwa said...

Emile: Thanks for the compliment! I hope it stays that way -- let me know the second it changes. ;-)

Jefferson: I appreciate your feedback too. We're going to cover the unit circle on Wednesday or Thursday. I can tell you're going to be one of my advanced students, anticipating what I'm going to do next. Keep it up! It'll keep me on my toes. ;-) You also pointed to one of the most important things I hope you all learn this semester -- you can learn from each other too; take advantage of each other's talents.

Marc: Glad to hear you like it! You'll get used to it really quick. I've got lots of plans for how this space will grow -- with your help, of course. ;-)

 
At 2/08/2006 5:40 PM, Blogger Regine said...

There's too much on this blog and I get lazy to read it. But I'll leave a comment because I like typing. I mean, math is great. After reading some stuff, it is very useful. haha. I can miss a day and not worry about it. Not that I'll skip class or anything..

 

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