Blogging Guidelines

Our class blog is a place where we share our work, ideas and wonderings and communicate with others as we learn. Anything we post represents our school, our class and each of us as individuals. This requires each of us to be mindful, respectful and diligent in our endeavors and aware of the digital footprint we are creating. Any applicable school rules apply to our on-line public work.

Digital Citizenship Video


  • Only use your first name and the first letter of your last name to identify yourself.
  • Never give out any information about yourself or anyone else (e.g. full name, home address, email address, age).
  • Ask permission to use others’ names in your posts.


  • Use correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. You have access to several tools that can help you make certain your work is communicated accurately and clearly.
  • Text styles should be easy to read – colors, font, size.
  • One exclamation point is all you need to show your excitement.
  • Extra letters in words are not needed (e.g. Yessssssss).  Instead, chose a more descriptive word.
  • Use complete sentences.
  • Consider the length of sentences – vary them to make it flow for the readers.
  • Break information into sections or paragraphs.


Our primary focus is to share information, ideas and communicate/contribute with classmates and the public.  As such, our posts must be

  • based in truth,
  • helpful,
  • informative,
  • original, and
  • kind.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Copyright
    • Any images you use that were not created by you must be copyright free – permission is granted for you to use and or modify for use.
    • Any image or information must be cited (given credit).
    • Use one of the approved image searches (Photosforclass, Pixabay, Openclipart, Wikimedia Commons, Getty Open Content Images).
    • Videos may be embed (YouTubeVimeoBlipTVWatchKnowLearn) if the video gives you an embed code or link. View an informative video here.
    • Copyright Explained – Copyright For Students (the “Flowchart” is a good quick guide).
    • Easybib is a cite you may use to create a citation for you posts.
  • Searching for Information
    • There are search sites that offer a safe way for you to find content on the web – Kidtopia, Kid’s Search, Kiddle, Duck Duck Go, Go Gooligans, Kidrex).
    • Choose your search terms carefully: Search Tips
      • use key words
      • avoid sentences
      • use quotations for exact word searches
      • use and, or, not to further limit your search results
      • place a minus sign before a word (no space between) to eliminate a word
    • Pay attention to the content you review. Consider the context (the way the information is presented).
Bibliography: Created using EasyBib
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“Blogging Guidelines.” Ms Eichners 7th Grade Social Studies,
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“Search Tips for Young Kids.” ISTE,
“Step 2: Set Up Pages.” Courses & PD, 16 Aug. 2018,
“Super Digital Citizen.” Common Sense Education, Common Sense Education, 17 Dec. 2018,
“The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons.” The Edublogger, 8 Aug. 2017,
“The Right Stuff: Teaching Kids About Copyright.” Common Sense Education, Common Sense Education, 4 Apr. 2018,
“Follow the Digital Trail.” YouTube, YouTube, 14 July 2015,
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“Reading News Online.” YouTube, YouTube, 14 Aug. 2018,
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