We are going to take a break from the blogging for a couple of weeks and do some good old fashioned story reading and face-to-face discussion in class. We'll return to the world of blogging in January. Until then, here are some of the helpful links to give us a better understanding of "the blog" when we return.
First, is a video simply describing "blogs in plain english," no fancy talk, just plain english.
Second, take a look at book reviews online (Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Scholastic.com, etc). Look up a book you like or don't like, or are just curious about whether you would like... read the reviews and see what other people say about the book. If it's a book you've read, think about whether you agree or disagree with specific things the people said in their reviews. Did they address everything you thought they should? Is there more you could add without ruining the book for people who haven't read it yet?
Then, we'll discuss in January what are good rules of blogging "Netiquette," that is, how to write a great post. We'll go beyond the discussion of how to be safe online and talk about what would make your writing great. Until then, continue to play around with posts on kidblog
and see what you can learn. Try writing about something that matters to you.
Woo hoo, here's our Internet Safety Rap! Thank you so much to Joseph Foster, All-American point guard for the OIT Hustlin' Owls, for helping us out on our rap. You all did a great job! Be sure to send the link to your friends and family so they can let us know what they learned from our video. Nice work.
(It takes a little while for the rap movie to load, but once it does you don't have to wait for buffering. Just click the triangle, then walk away, get a drink of water and come back to enjoy the show!)
Here's a little preview while you wait for our video. These are some excerpts from our "celebrity rapper," Joseph!
We're working this week on the finishing touches for our Internet Safety rap. Until then, here are the lyrics the kids and I came up with...
Online Safety Rap
This is our Internet Rap…
We’re gonna take some time, To share a little rhyme…
So when you’re on the ‘net, You won’t regret.
Now pull up a seat, And listen to the beat
First thing to be aware, you need to think before you share:
Be careful what you put online, it won’t come off anytime
Giving out personal info isn’t fine, when you are online
Be careful what you put online, someone might be 49.
Second thing is tact, you gotta think before you act:
If you show respect, people won’t reject.
Make sure what you say is true, you don’t want people turning on you
Don’t steal, fo’ real;
If you didn’t make it, check before you take it.
Think before you post; be careful what you boast.
Don’t be rude, ‘cause you’re in a bad mood.
If you wouldn’t say it to your mother, don’t say it to another
Third thing to know, is where you can go:
If it’s a college site, it is probably right.
Remember of course, to always check your source.
If the site is from a college, you’ll get more knowledge.
Click “about us” to know it’s true, or you might not have a clue
Cuz, just because they show it, doesn’t mean they know it.
So, check 3 sources, when you need resources
Here’s a tip for you, check 3 sources to know it’s true
Before we spend time on the Internet, it's important that we understand how to be safe and appropriate in that environment. So, we've been learning about how to be safe online. First, we watched YouTube clips about online safety (see post from earlier this year) and had great discussions about what that means to us. Then we created a list of what we know about safe online behavior.
Now, we are taking that list and turning it into a rap. We spent our half hour this week writing rhymes for using in our rap. It's been great fun listening to the kids make the rhymes and helping to come up with a final product we're excited about.
Next week we will have a "celebrity" guest rapper to help us with our Online Safety Rap (we need a catchy title for it!).