Blogs, Wikis, and CE9


Overview


The Switch


FrontPage is no longer supported, and it was the main tool we used for CyberEnglish9 (CE), which in the past meant student generated websites on which they published their work. See more on CE. We also want to be more in tune with Web 2.0 tools. With blogs students will still be able to publish work for a public (real) audience, but with the ability to make comments, their audience can be interactive. Audience is teacher, parents, other adults (such as mentors), and peers. Peer review can really be transparent with blogs.

Meeting national standards

Concerns


Meeting educational needs and balancing security issues is a main concern.

Our guide


We want to use this switch as a means to expand our opportunity to teach students about what it means to be responsible Web content generators, knowing that they already do create content outside of school.
  • Develop a guide for students' responsible behavior on Internet
  • What will the students' blog privileges be?
    • Edit pages (once published, they cannot be revised)
    • Edit posts (once published, they cannot be revised)
    • Manage links
    • Read
    • Switch themes
    • Upload files
    • Manage categories
  • What will the content be? Specific Requirements for CE9 blogs
  • Pages needed: 1) About Me (for personal statement), and pages for essays
    • Regular posts would be about the following:
      • CyberJournal
      • Independent reading
      • Responses to questions asked by teachers
      • General Blog posts on topics of interest to students

Teaching Blog Management to Students


Please visit our Lesson Outline

Managing WordPress MU

We downloaded WordPress MU on a separate server to host student blogs and kept it "in house" while setting things up and testing. Numerous plugins were required to make MU function the way we needed it to.

Creating student blogs


Set up Protocol


Create Blog:
  • Blog address: student login
  • Blog title: student login
  • Admin email: student's email

Backend:
Under capabilities:
  • Change role to Contributor and then
  • Edit capabilities:
  • Uncheck "delete posts"
  • Check the following:
    • Edit pages
    • Edit posts
    • Manage links
    • Read
    • Switch themes
    • Upload files
    • Manage categories
Change discussion settings to
  • Comments must be approved by administrator
  • Uncheck comment author must have previously approved comment
Go to Manage Collaboration Emails
  • choose other and add teacher email, update
Go to blogs, click on site address:
  • change role to contributor
  • assign password



Plugins we used:


  • Capability manager

User Roles


The image below is from the Edublogs site, from the Differences of user roles page.

user1.jpg

List of Resource Links


Pedagogy


Internet Responsibility


Blogs on Blogging, etc.