Blogging for elementary students should be easy and safe, right? Many teachers, parents, and school districts worry about children entering identifying information when on the internet – that’s why we’ve made it possible for students to participate (by commenting on posts) without needing to enter a name or email address (You do have the option of doing so, but it is NOT required). All comments are viewed by Mrs. Coggin or Mrs. Olson before being published on the blog, so no inappropriate material will EVER appear on this site. Another obstacle for teachers and students is simply that not everyone is familiar with the way blogs work. Yet one more thing that we’ve taken care of for you!
Some terms you should know:
- Blog – Short for web log, an online diary written on a computer and posted on the World Wide Web.
- Post – A post is a single entry in your blog, sort of like a topic.
- Comment -A reply to a post or topic.
Simple steps to get started:
- Choose a post that interests you
- Click on the title of the post
- You do NOT have to fill in your name, email address, or website! If you choose to, make sure you NEVER put your full name, just your first and last initials.
- Type in the text that appears in the box (anti-spam word – this just ensures that you’re a real person)
- Write what’s on your mind
- Click on “Submit”
- You’re done!
Pretty easy, huh? Now the comment will zoom to Mrs. Olson in Wisconsin and she’ll look to make sure it’s A-ok for kids to see. Then she’ll approve it and it will be published for the entire world to read!
(NOTE TO TEACHERS: If you have a whole class of students submitting comments at once, you may get error messages stating that you’re posting comments too quickly. All you need to do is have the student click the “back” button on the browser and wait a few minutes and then try submitting the comment again.)
Please email Mrs. Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have ANY questions – we want as many students as possible using the site! If you’re a teacher interested in becoming a contributor, email Mrs. Olson at email@example.com and we’ll get you started!