Bad Blog
Suffolk Schools
  • Staff blogs
  • Three areas of concern
    • Risk - afraid of what people say
      • Easty to use and cheap to manage
    • Productivity _people wasting time
      • Safety and controls
    • We don't see the instructional value
      • Need to develop a clear instructional focus
  • Foundational policies and behavior
    • Safe practices for students
    • Bobbie eisenstocks's rules of the road
    • AUP in place - special permission
      • Have a bullet in the AUP regarding when you blog you speak for the district
  • Infrastructure and system config
    • Wordpress
    • Run on a linux server and Apache and SQL and PHP
    • Simple to install
  • No unauthorized blogs
    • Tie blog to staff accounts with active directory
    • Plugin that points to active directory
    • Active staff members have blogs
  • No web warehouses
    • Set allowed file-types and 50 MB quotas
    • Currently, biggest blogs have some videos, etc. - 16 mb
    • Quota is only for files other than the text part of the blog
  • Blog owner's manual - setup
    • Emphasizes a professional presence
    • Reviewed themes for appropriateness
    • Some themes required linking back to the creator's site…took some of those off
      • Need to screen the themes
    • Enable commnet moderation
      • Anon or not?
      • All comments require approval
    • Early Apdopters established techniques
    • ITRTs develop welcome workshops
  • Posting Do's and don’t's
    • Clearly identify yourself
    • No numbers
      • Student information
    • No promotional endorsements
    • Professional rapport
      • Invisibility of sarcasm
      • Discomfort of familiarity
  • Monitor
    • Developed stie-wide RSS feeds
    • Is a plug-in that provides the ability for system monitoring of the blog entries
  • http://blogs.spsk12.net
    • Presentation handouts are on Chris's site
    • Chris Blaug