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Online Etiquette and Digital Citizenship


Online Etiquette and Digital Citizenship

How you act online is so important. Everything you write, say or comment on can be stored, backed up and available to anyone with access to the internet. Your online reputation is the same as your off line one.

There are so many ways to communicate today. Email, Social Media, Twitter and Blogs, to name a few. It is so important to be aware of online etiquette and your responsibility when communicating online. It is also important to be aware that some forms of communicating are illegal and could get the author into BIG trouble.

When it comes to Blogs, the owner is the administrator and is responsible for approving any comments before they can be published. This means that if any negative or inappropriate comments are posted, the administrator WILL NOT publish these comments. In fact the exercise of writing such comments becomes a little fruitless, as no such comments will see the light of the internet.

What is also very important to remember when writing comments online, anything that is inappropriate or offensive can be forwarded onto the POLICE for further investigation. It is also important to note that passing yourself off as some else, by creating an email account in another persons name, is a CRIME. It is called IDENTITY THEFT.

So remember to think about what you write online. Keep it positive, polite, friendly and respectful and you would offline.

Never use language that could be found offensive. Never attack others personally and don’t act in a way that could constitute harassment, bullying or discrimination.

So remember to think about what you write online. Keep it positive, polite, friendly and respectful

Have a look at the website Edudemic that outlines Microsofts new free curriculum that is all about Digital Citizenship


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Time to reflect that little bit more…


Time to reflect that little bit more.

Two undertakings I am currently involved with that are pushing my thinking are a Masters Degree and being part of PLP project. Suddenly I am immersed in reading blogs, books, academic articles, peer reviewed articles (have only just learnt what this really means!) and participating in a powerful Ning as I am lucky to be part of a project called PLP Connect U. A project run in conjunction with the Department of Education and Powerful Learning Practice. Both of these projects are helping me to reflect that little bit more, read a bit more, dig a bit deeper, share my thoughts a bit more, start to make connections with others and start to collaborate!

It’s a scary thought (for me) to stop lurking as I have heard others say and actually get my musings out there. I am finding the PLP Ning an ideal place for this. It is a supportive members-only community that serves as a ‘gateway for collaboration and discovery’. The Ning has coaches who facilitate participation by starting and responding to discussions, asking questions that get you to probe that bit deeper. I am a member of the creativity team and I am already enjoying the discussions, the facilitating from our coach Brenda Sherry and some pretty thought provoking blogs such as Kynan Robinson post on creativity. And we have only just started!

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It’s time to stop dipping my toes in the shallow end and time to reflect and think a little more deeply.


Time to stop lurking and start participating just a little bit more.

Have you participated in anything recently that has pushed your thinking in new ways?

What do you read as part of your own Professional development?        




With over 50 million blogs out there it could be assumed that everyone knows how to read a blog and  how to interact by making a comment.  Being new to blogging myself I often find myself promoting  the  benefits to colleagues however this can seem like a daunting task with so many blogs out there.

Where do you start? ‘What are some good blogs to read’ and ‘How do you make a comment?

I tend to read educational blogs and for me they are usually blogs that are reflective of practice and pedagogy or blogs that share resources.

Blogs are archived in order of the last post so they tend to be laid out in a last in first out style. Depending on the theme the blogger has chosen the widgets such as the calendar, cluster maps or the archive usually appear in the columns  to the side with the main posts appearing in the middle column.

Don’t be put off by thinking it will take a long time to stay on top of all that reading.  Most blogs I tend to read have short posts or share great resources and ideas with many reader comments generated. It really doesn’t take a lot of time to keep up with the blogs you like to read.

Blogging is a great way to stay up to date,  share ideas,  reflect and collaborative with others. There is a supportive and friendly community out there and it is great for increasing your learning network. Commenting on a blog is a great way to express or clarify your thoughts, reflect on a post, challenge an idea or expand on a post by adding more links or resources. It’s a great way to get the conversation going.

Below are a few blogs that I like to read.






What EdSaid







Integrating Technology In The Primary Classroom



Technoscience For Teachers



The Magic Of Learning


What blogs do you read?

Do you have a particular favourite?

Do you tend to make comments?

What Widget Will You Use?


This is a post in response to the Edublog Challenge #7

Being a novice blogger I am new to the term widgets and what they really mean and do. Having just read the post covering widgets by the Edublog Challenge I now have a much better understanding.

So what are they?

A widget is a fun tool that you can use to personalise your blog and make it more interesting. There is even a widget that lets you add HTML code if you find a third party widget. If you have an Edublog blog some widgets like twitter and Flickr require you to activate the Edublog widget plugin.



You can find the widgets in Appearance > Widgets.





Then all you need to do is drag and drop the Widgets where you want them into your side bar. EASY

Remember not to over clutter your sidebar with too many widgets. You want your readers to be able to navigate their way around your blog, read your posts with ease and hopefully subscribe to your Blog.



Some widgets I likes to use are:

Recent commnents

Category lists

RSS feeds

Site navigation

Some third party widgets that I like are:

Show Yourself

This widget allows you to link up all your other accounts. Great for getting people to connect with you and if you are trying to build up your PLN.

Just copy the code that it creates and paste into the text Widget.




Revolver Maps is another great one too.







Also visit Britt Gow’s Techno Science blog for her excellent post on widgets.  This is where I got the idea for the ShowYourself widget.

Happy blogging everyone.

What widgets do you like to use?

Which tools to use?


Which tool to use?

This post is in response to Edublog Teachers Challenge #6

Recently a colleague asked what video program I use for my class blog. The answer wasn’t as easy as I orginally thought. The program I frequently use was not approriate for her as she wanted the kids to upload the video file, create it and for no audio to be added.  The site I recommended needed a email address and required sound…so this got me thinking.

#There are so many tools out there that it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start.

#Will the tool suit your purpose or learning outcome.

So below is a list of some of the Tech Tools I use regularly in class and some of their features.

1. To publish Video


This is a great way of creating videos from your photos or film. Easy to use, a range of themes and easy to upload  your own music, or music from their  library. However  unless you sign up for a 12 month subscription videos are limited to 30 seconds and videos will not render unless you add music. Also needs an email address to register


I really like this site. It has a great community where you can create films from your video files or explore some that others have made. Again you need to sign up but the basic package is free. No sound required for the final video but it can take some time  to convert

2. To publish PowerPoint, PDFs and documents


Slideshare is great if you want to publish a Powerpoint presentation into your blog rather than provide a link to it. My class regularly use PowerPoint to publish their work and then use Slideshare to present it on the blog.


3. To publish documents


I recently came across these great sites that also enable you to upload your word, pdf or Powerpoint documents into a blog. Great for documents as it has a scroll down bar to the side. Ideal for posting up planning, timetables etc. I find that I am using this a lot to upload my planning in Victoria’s Ultranet.



Provides an easy way to keep your files. Share and embed your files onto your blog.



4.  To publish photos


Again great for photos or uploading photos from sites such as FlickCC. Enables you to also jazz up your presentation with a range of glitter and collage choices. No need to register with an email address. Start to create straight away.



Again quick and easy to use. Needs you to sign up with an email address. Uploads similar to animoto, with music and gives an embed code for your blog.



5. To add a poll

Poll daddy









6. Brainstorming tools


Wallwisher is fantastic. Create a topic and let the children contribute by placing their sticky notes on. Can be moderated and embedded to a blog.


7. Create a quiz.




Create a multimedia quiz in minutes. Easy and fun to use.





I haven’t tried using mind map tools yet or Voicethread. This is something  I endeavor to look into this year.

Here is a link to Edublog Teachers Challenge which has an extensive guide on how to add embed code and edit your post.

Also visit  TECHNOSCIENCE by Britt Gow for an excellent list of tools to use. The post also has a good range of  mind mapping tools.

What tools to you like to use?

Have you found any that are good to use with older students?

Happy blogging everyone.

Attribution and Creative Commons


This is a post for the Edublog Challenge activity 5.

I can copy any image and use it online…right? NO!

You can use pictures that you make or take yourself BUT images on the internet that someone else has photographed or drawn are protected by COPYRIGHT. Using someone else’s work without their permission is called ‘copyright infringement’ and you can get in trouble for this.

However some people are happy to share their work and use their images in a blog as long as you attribute who originally created it. One such place is Creative Commons. This is an organisation that gives out licenses for people to share their work.

Creative Commons is an organisation that was founded in order to create a more flexible copyright model, replacing “all rights reserved” with “some rights reserved”. Creative Commons has been described as the forefront of the ‘copyleft movement’.  A movement that seeks to provide an alternative to the ‘all rights reserved’ copyright.

This means you can use images with a Creative Commons license in your blog as long as you ATTRIBUTE the image. This means that under the image you say who made it AND where it came from.

I would also suggest that when you come to a website to always check out the terms and conditions as this will specify where you can use the content and how you need to attribute it.

We covered copyright and Creative Commons quite a bit last year in my Grade 1/2 class.

Below is a list of sites that we use at school to obtain images with a Creative Commons license.

1.  FlickrCC.

All images on this site are released under a creative commons license.  You can also search for images you can edit and for images that can be used commercially. All these images must be Attributed.


2. Free Digital Photos.


Again photos are free as long as they are attributed.  The site is very clear as to when and where to make the attribute.



3. Google Advanced Search

Another way of searching for images that can be reused or edited is through doing an advanced search with  Google.  I like this as you can select ‘free to use or share’ or ‘free to use and modify’.

Don’t forget to attribute the image and check out the terms and conditions.

Happy Blogging everyone

Did you know about Creative Commons?

What sites do you use in the classroom to obtain images?

How do the kids at your school use images?

my first post


This  first post  is for the Edublog Teachers Challenge.

Inspired by a colleague I  recently dipped my toe into blogging by starting a class blog in August of 2010.  This proved to be a huge success. The kids loved it and before long it  became an integral part of our day. We  got better at commenting on blogs and making quality comments whilst practicing being safe online and learning some basic netiquette guidelines.  Every morning we would look at the cluster map and be thrilled with more visitors from around the world.

Having seen the success that a class blog can have on children’s learning, I decided it was time to ‘have a go at’ starting and maintaining my own blog.  The edublog challenge will be a great way to start a blog and maintain it.

I look forward to connecting, sharing, commenting  and having fun.