Anne twists the “what shouldn’t we do in blogs” discussion into one about what should we do to promote good blogging. And to me, it comes down to the fact that telling students what not to do isn’t as effective as modeling the possibilities. She echoes a lot of what I’ve been trying to say when I talk about the new ways we can get our students to write using Weblogs:
I really think blogs could be a platform to redefine education. I want that redefining to include the voices of students. Students really need to be engaging in this type of thinking. I’ve found that many of them don’t know how to reflect and talk about their learning experiences.
The thing about blogs is that they make that learning transparent and open for others to learn from as well and to contribute back even more learning. That’s what the ability to connect ideas and experiences does for student learning. Anne offers up a great list of “new and improved guidelines for blogging,” and all of them are worth considering. Here are a few that really resonate with me:
making connections to their learning by exploring what others have written about it on the web striving for writing that matters learning to collaborate asking questions that will make a reader think and want to comment
In that same vein, Doug Johnson has been writing about how to steer young bloggers in productive directions. (Can anyone tell me, by the way, why Doug has only 13 subscribers at Bloglines?) Cyberbullying expert Nancy Willard goes over a schools legal responsibilities in reference to student blogging, and they’re definitely worth a look. (This is getting pretty complex from a legal standpoint, it seems.) But she also goes beyond the what not to do and provides a great list of what schools might consider “reasonable standard care” when implementing blogs. There are a couple there I need to get to work on, I think.