Westcliff Primary Blogging Policy
Aims and Objectives
Whilst blogging has been around for 10+ years, more and more schools are now giving their pupils a voice and an audience through blogging. These are mainly in the form of class blogs.
Westcliff Primary School’s blog aims to:
- Safely give our pupils a wider audience for their learning.
- Encourage reluctant learners to participate and succeed
- Allow pupils to receive feedback safely from many different people
- Allow our pupils to peer assess each other’s learning
- Encourage parental engagement
- Promote our pupils’ learning across the globe
Blogging involves pupils working on a blog whilst in school and also at home. To be able to post, pupils need to log into their blog using their class sign in. Our blog platform allows accounts to have different permissions. Contributor is the lowest level that allows a user to post and this is the level of access our pupils have. A contributor can submit a post for review, however, this will need to be authorised by the admin before it appears on the blog. Westcliff Primary School has sought permission for each child to have access to a blog, has sought permission to display the learning from each pupil and has sought permission for the photographs of each pupil to be displayed on a blog.
Each class has a unique log in and password, if these need to be changed at any point please contact admin. Class teachers in Key Stage 2 can permit pupils to use individual log ins and can request these to be set up by contacting the admin.
Blog Rules (to be shared and displayed in each class):
Using a blog safely is the most important thing about being a blogger. The following rules, if followed, will minimise any risks and will ensure that you will stay safe whilst blogging.
- Never give away any personal information about your location or identity.
- Don’t post pictures of yourself without specific permission from your teacher or parents.
- Never give out your log in details to anyone.
- Don’t use text language in your posts
- Never use your surname.
1. Post about whatever you like.
2. If you receive a comment, it is polite to respond, say thank you and reply to a question if they have left one.
3. Comment on other people’s posts too. Blogging is about commenting and posting!
4. If your post doesn’t appear straight away, you teacher might be busy, do be patient.
5. Try to post about things that your audience would like to read.
6. If you see anything that shouldn’t be on your screen, do tell your teacher or parents immediately. 7. Do visit other class blogs regularly to read and comment. This helps people come back to your blog.
8. Try to show off your best work/writing whilst blogging and use the tips people suggest to you to improve.
9. Always tag your posts with your first name and include key words specific to your post.
10.Remember to log out.
The Role of the Blog Admin/Teacher:
The blog admin normally is the class teacher. This responsibility as gatekeeper is key to ensuring safety for the pupils using the blog. The following guidelines should be followed if a successful flowing blog is to be achieved:
1. Visit the blog regularly. It is better to visit short and often than catching up once a week. Your bloggers will appreciate comments and posts being approved quickly!
2. If you use a shared computer, log out at the end of each session.
3. Promote the links on the class blog to the parents and the wider community. Twitter is a great way to promote a blog.
4. A blog can take a while to gather momentum and an audience. Be patient… the audience will come!
5. Your users will need to log in. For a quick solution, you can have one Username and Password for your class to get posts on the blog. However, for older pupils of 7+, teachers may choose to have individual log ins and can request these from the blog admin.
6. The safest permission setting for your blogger is ‘Contributor’. This will allow them to log in and post but the blog admin will need to approve each post.
7. Mention the blog in assemblies and have it on display at parent evenings or school events, a blogging culture will soon be established!
8. Visit other blogs regularly and promote these to your class through links on your blog. What goes around comes around with blogging and strong loyal communities will form quickly.