Blog Comment Guidelines

Today we will be talking about, brainstorming, investigating blog comments.


We will understand what makes a quality blog comment.
I can explain how to leave a quality blog comment.  

This will involve you researching on the internet, looking back through your own blog and other student blogs. What do you see that you  like? What don’t you like? Why? What sort of comments would you like to leave and what sort of comments do you want people to leave for you?

Here are some links for you to consider:

Student Blogging Challenge




This is a picture link, click on the picture above to visit the Student Blogging Challenge website.

During independent reading, have a look at the page- click on the links, use the tabs, scroll through the posts.

After we have completed a summarising activity, we will practise taking Cornell notes again and have a go at answering these two questions:

“Why should we participate in a student’s blogging challenge?”

“How will participating in the challenge improve my skills as a cyber citizen?”

Bullying- How to help

Hi Everyone,

Bullying is one of those things that can leave everyone involved feeling really helpless. It’s important to know that there are lots of ways that you can help people involved in a bullying situation.

There are ways you could support a bully to change their actions.
There are ways you could help to support a bystander.
There are ways you could help to support someone who has experienced bullying.

It’s important to remember that it’s not your job to try and fix all of the problems or to fix the people involved in bullying, but just like in the Boundin’ video it can help a lot if you take some initiative to try and support the people involved. However, you guys are often the first people to know if bullying is happening, so you can often be the first people to do something positive.
Lots of you recognised in our silent conversation that support was a big thing that could help to stop a bullying situation.

Here are a few websites that I’d like you have a look at. I’d like you to have your green book beside you to record any ideas or interesting information that you come across.

bullying 1

bullying 2

bullying 3

bullying 4

bullying 5

Once you’ve had a bit of a search around and got some ideas flowing, you’re going to make a display on how to help out with a bullying situation. I’ll explain that in a little bit 🙂

My Holiday Photos

Hi Everyone,

While I was away, something amazing happened- you all became experts on digital footprints and how to protect them.

So, I was wondering, could you help me? (Y)

I would really like to share the rest of my holiday pictures with you and my family and friends, but I would like to do this in a way that will most protect my digital footprint.

Could you:
1) provide me with some tips on protecting my pictures
2) some clues on how to protect my identity
3) some information about how I can protect my integrity (remember, digital footprint safety is not just about protecting my personal information).

4) suggest 3 websites where I could safely share a large amount of images in an interesting way. Provide me with your review of each website. What are the pros and cons? You will need to consider privacy settings on the image sharing website or app and the personal information I need to provide before I can sign up, down load or use the app or website.


Post your information as a blog post on your blog.



We are an eSmart School

Our school is proud to be an official eSmart school. Since we first registered with the program, we have introduced many new policies and activities to improve the way our school manages cybersafety, bullying and cyber-bullying.

We feel confident our students, staff and the wider school community are now well supported to be smart, safe and responsible users of technology.

We encourage everyone in the school community to continue to uphold and promote eSmart behaviours, at school and at home. If you are aware of any incidents of bullying, cyberbullying or risky online behaviour, please contact our Principal, Jonathan Lowe or our eSmart coordinator, Tim Rogers.

Our class blog features many links for parents and students to explore, seek assistance, advice and learn skills. You can find these resources under the Cyber Safety Page.



Your About Me Page

Hi Everyone,

Last week, we launched into the Student Blogging Challenge for 2015. The first challenge is to post some ‘About Me’ information.

It’s probably an ok thing to make our blogs a little more personal, but we don’t want to give away any personal information (personal information includes anything that you would not like a stranger to know about you).

This link has some good information and links to other student blogs with ‘About Me’ type pages.

I want you to explore this website that contains links to examples of ‘About Me’ pages:

about me page

While you are looking at these websites I would like you add any new ideas to your ‘About Me Page Ideas’ notes page.

Then we will get together to share some of the ideas and how you can write about them on your about me page.

What things are not ok to post about on your About Me page?

A new year, a new challenge

Hi 5C,

Have you heard of the Student Blogging Challenge? No? Well, now you have.

That’s all.

Across grade 5, we’re going to embark on this challenge together. Mrs Boyd, Mr Andrea and I will do the challenges along with you, so that we can all stretch our blogging skills that little bit further.
The Student Blogging Challenge is a global challenge. That means students from all around the world, from all grade levels complete the challenges. Last year it was so interesting to read blog posts from students in different countries.

This is something we need to register for, so we’ll do that now together. Click on the picture link to go to the website.

Make sure you OPEN IN A NEW TAB. You will need your blog open in a separate tab too, on the visitor screen.


Now that we’ve registered, we can take on the first challenge. ‘Let’s talk about us’. Hmm, what could there be to talk about. I wonder what would be ok to post, and what wouldn’t be…. Let’s discuss that bit first.


When ‘thanks’ is not enough…

Hi All,

5C, this is probably a grown up post, but feel free to read along. Some of you may find the info-graphic on the linked website interesting.

When I was in high school, I was pretty lame at referencing my sources. Mainly because I was never specifically taught how to. And for the teachers, references were just a way that they could check is we had copied anything directly from the internet, rather than crediting sources.
At uni, things were a bit more intense, we all learnt the APA referencing system… or attempted to anyway.

Now with my own blog, I’ve been more than a little slack with my referencing of information and images. Why? Well, really, who would read my blog and bother to chase up a grade 5 teacher for copy right or plagiarism? And really, honestly, because I’m not sure how.

What sort of example does that leave for my students??? That I can’t be bothered learning? It certainly doesn’t say much about my integrity on the topic.
Well, after some researching, and viewing of videos and webpages and re-reading style guides, I’ve decided that I will try much harder to appropriately use and reference the work of others.
Kathleen Morris seems to be the holder of the Holy Grail when it comes to blogging and using technology in the classroom with students. I sifted through her blog Primary Tech and found this post: Creative Commons which she had written. It includes a very easy to understand photographic explaining copy right.

Kathleen Morris has also written a version of it which is suitable for students to use. You can find a copy of it here. I know what I would like to be showing my students next week!

So… what should I have on my blog?

Hi Everyone (again!),

Today, we talked about what we should have on our blog so far for term 3. We have started a lot of different blog posts and pages in class, with time to discuss, ask for help and to draft our posts. However, not everyone has actually posted all of the things we have started.
This term, we are expecting everyone to continue posting things on their blog. We will continue to give you time to draft pieces at school (within reason) and you will always have time to ask for help if you need to. However, if you don’t finish something in class, or don’t get something posted, you will be required to complete the posting at home, as homework. Without me explicitly having to ask you to.
I feel that this is an important thing for everyone to be learning about. It’s about being organised. It’s about taking responsibility for your learning. It’s about you developing a digital footprint on your blog, that you can (and should be!) proud of.
It’s about you following the blogging rubric we developed as a class, which should be on your blog (or on your netbook at least!).

If you were absent for something, like a talk or an excursion we have blogged about, then of course you don’t have to complete this blog. If you missed the start of something that we have continued over a few days in class, like our Amazing Race pages, then you will need to complete these. This is all part of you being responsible for your learning and your blogging.

Here is the Excel document we worked on this afternoon.

Blog Posts

I haven’t highlighted anyone’s columns yet, I will start doing this over the weekend. Most of you have completed bits and pieces of these tasks.
If you’re not sure about a blogging task, have a look at some other student blogs (from 5A and 5B too!) and see if you can work it out. If you’re still not sure- have a go! We can always change things to the right place if we need to or delete things. Use the blogging criteria documents to help you.

Remember, there are special privileges for people who complete all tasks to their personal 10/10, like changing themes, pictures, adding widgets, Voki or even a pet.

Some About Me Homework

Hi 5C,

Here is some homework. It is due on Monday 16th June (next Monday).

Your task is to create a short poem to put onto your About Me page.

Here is the framework for the poem:

Your name.

Three adjectives to describe yourself.

How you are related or connected to someone else. Son? Daughter? Eldest of three siblings?

Three things you love.

Three things that make you happy.

Three things you give.

Three things you fear.

Something you would like to see.

One dream you have for the future.

Final line: I am (your name).

I have put this poem onto my About Me page, if you would like to see a finished one.
There are also some finished poems from another blog HERE.
Thanks to Ms Hankinson’s Blog for this homework task.

Post your poem onto your About Me page.

Can’t wait to read your poems!