Blog Guidelines

Internet safety is of utmost important to us.

Through blogging, the students in 4KM and 4KJ have the opportunity to learn about appropriate online behaviours in an authentic and supervised setting.

The following guidelines have been established to ensure the safety of our students when blogging:

Our blog is a collaborative effort. While Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris moderate all comments and posts, please let us know if you think we have overlooked any breeches in our safety guidelines and we will fix it up ASAP.

Note for teachers: if you are going to replicate 4KM and 4KJ’s blogging guidelines, you don’t need to ask permission but please attribute the source of the guidelines and link back to our blog. Thank you! 😆

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  1. Hello from a try hard blogger. I have been looking at your blog in 2011 for inspiration in starting a blog for my 3/4 class at St Ita’s Catholic Primary School in Drouin, Gippsland, Victoria.
    I note that you are now teaching a grade 4 class.

    Would it be possible for me to use your blogging guidelines as a guide for writing up a similar script when constructing our class blog?

    I am new to blogging, although I have been following yours, and many others for about 12 months.

    I just seem to fall foul with the design,layout etc. and can never seem to easily drop in things like clocks etc. note that I am trying to do this using free to use items.
    Regards
    Ann

    • Hi Ann,

      Yes, feel free to use our guidelines and it would be great if you linked back to the 4KM and 4KJ blog.

      I’m sorry, I’m not sure what you’re doing wrong with your widgets. We only ever use free tools. Perhaps you should email support@edublogs.org if you’re using Edublogs or Global2.

      Good luck,
      Kathleen Morris

  2. Hello there, I too would love to use your blogging guidelines as a template for our class blog. We are also beginners and also seem to be having difficulty getting anything onto the sidebar that is not on the widget page. I think I need to spend some more time on the teacher challenges! I am also a beginning teacher so time is very precious at the mo!! We will be adding you to our list of fav blogs too, thanks for the inspiration

  3. Hi Kathleen,

    I have been a great admirer of your blogging work both this one and your primary tech blog. I think you are sensational for sharing your knowledge and ideas and this year I am going to try and tackle blogging seriously for the first time with my class.

    I have linked this blog to my class blog which is still in its infancy http://www.sgd2012.global2.vic.edu.au. I was reading the guidelines you set out above and would also love to use some of your ideas. If that is ok woth you, I will be sure to acknowledge your work and link to this post as well.

  4. Hi there,
    Another informative post for all us novice class bloggers, thank you. I would also like to base my guidelines on yours as I begin to set up my first class blog with a Year 2 class if that is ok. I shall send the link through when we are up and running.

    I am conducting an information session with my parents this week and will certainly be pointing them in the direction of your work as a model. Thanks again!

  5. Dear Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan.
    Thank you so much for all the inspiration!
    I love following your adventures on your blog. Would you mind if I too( like all the above) used and acknowledged your guidelines? This is my very first blog and it will be wit kindergarten…. yipee!!
    Here’s to a blogging good year!

    • Hi Jos,

      Good luck with your kindergarten kids. I hope they enjoy blogging as much as we do!

      Feel free to use the guidelines.

      Good luck,
      Kathleen Morris

      • Many thanks for your generous sharing… when I am up and running…. I hope I have some things that may help you.
        kindest regards
        Jos Dudley

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  7. Dear Kathleen
    Thanks for generously sharing your blogging guidelines.

    As a new blogger I am definitely going to incorporate your guidelnes and will happlily acknowledge your blog as the source. I have also looked at DEECD’s acceptable use template and while this is a useful and important document, I agree that it is important to include these at the point of use.

    I am looking forward to getting started with blogging next term and continuing to follow the progress of this blog. Perhaps we will be ready for the next blogging challenge in October. Fingers crossed.

    Regards

    Deborah Davidson

    • @ Deborah,

      Thanks for your support and we appreciate you acknowledging our blog.

      Good luck with your blogging!

      Sincerely,

      Kelly and Kathleen

  8. Dear Kelly and Kathleen,
    I am very impressed by your blog and am going to start one of my own next term with Year 1/2 students. Would it be okay if I used and acknowledged your guidelines?

    Thanks!

    All the best!

    • Hi Michelle,

      That’s fine, thanks for asking. We appreciate you acknowledging our blog.

      Good luck!

      Kathleen and Kelly

  9. Hey Kathleen and kelly,

    You guys are amazing…. I am just starting to set up a class blog and the blog is in it’s extreme beginning, but hey you’ve got to start somewhere!
    I’m in the process of writing and sending home consent letters to parents in my class and your blogging guidelines look like a fantastic addition to my letter. Do you mind if I use them? And do you mind if I put your 4kmand4kj address in the letter as well as an example of a very succesful blog?

    I will put a link to your blog on our new page.

    We’ll keep following you and write a comment here and there,

    Thanks so much,

    Rudolf

    • Hi Rudolf,

      Thanks for the kind words. That’s all fine and thanks for attributing our work!

      Good luck with blogging, I’m sure with your enthusiasm it will be a hit!

      Kathleen

  10. Thanks for such an inspirational blogsite with wonderful and helpful suggestions from a brand new teacher blogger. I will certainly acknowledge your help in setting up the blog for a GATS class this term. Thanks again, Pei Ling. PS Can I email for help if I get stuck?

  11. Dear 4km and 4kj,
    I am a student in 4th grade in Louisiana. I think you really have a cool blog. I’ve been looking at videos,looking at posts,and even saw some theater productions in videos.
    One day I hope I can visit Australia and see all the cool animals that we don’t have in America. The only times I see koalas and kangaroos is when I’m in a diferent part of America at a zoo. I still can’t belive that when I’m at school, your asleep.
    What is your favorite thing to do at your school? Do you have any other subjects that we might not have? Hope I can visit Australia soon.

    Sincerely,
    Ross

  12. Dear 4km and 4kj,
    I am a 4th grde student in New Orleans Louisiana. I was lookin at a lot of things on your blog and I did an Easter puzzle, and that was really fun. Keep up the good work.

    Sincerely,
    Ross

    • Dear 4KM and 4KJ,
      I am a 4th grade student in New Orleans Louisiana. I was looking at a lot of things on your blog and I did an Easter puzzle, and that was really fun. Keep up the good work!

      Sincerely,
      Ross

  13. Dear 4km and 4kj

    Hello from Aunty Trish and Uncle Greg. We are in the Indonesian Island of Flores at the moment and spent the last 2 days on a little wooden boat visiting different Islands. we went to Komodo Island this morning and saw the Komodo Dragons they are prehistoric looking creatures. Greg swam with the manta rays and we also went snorkeling and saw many colourful beautiful fish – From Trish and Greg

  14. Dear 4km and 4kj,
    I am also new to blogging. I am planning on sending home a letter to my parents, along with a permission slip allowing my students to participate in a class blog. I would really like to reference your guidelines for my students and parents to follow. Please let me know if that is okay with you. I am excited to join others in on-line blogging. I am just at the beginning stages for setting up a blog. I am not ready for my students to join me yet but I am getting closer. Thank you,

    Jodi

    • Hi Jodi,

      That’s fine, thanks for asking. Good luck with blogging! We’re sure you’ll love it.

      Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan

  15. Hi Kathleen,
    I am beginning to start our classroom blog and was wondering if you still had a sample letter to your parents?
    I have followed your blog for a long time and it used to be part of the grade 2km and 2kg blog?
    I would really appreciate if you could email it to me ndenardis@svstrathmore.catholic.edu.au

  16. I am starting a classroom blog this year — I am so excited! I would love to use your blog guidelines. I promise to link back to your blog and cite you as the source. Please let me know if that is okay.

    I love your blog and am going to share it with my students! We will be sending you some comments soon. :)

    • Hi Kamala,

      Of course. Good luck with blogging. It’s great to hear you’re so excited. Your students will love it!

      Kathleen Morris

  17. Dear Mrs. Morris and Miss Jordan,

    I am an Elemantary Librarian in Pennsylvania, and I’ve been using your blog and related resources to educate myself about the art of blogging. I’m fortunate to work with a fabulous group of teachers who are implementing classroom blogs.

    This year, I am teaching library lessons to help prepare the students to write quality comments… I am sending my teachers the link to your blog and appreciate the fact that you are willing to share with others the guidelines you have created. May teachers also use the ideas from your guidelines “poster” to create posters for their own classrooms?

    Thank you for your help as we get “on board with blogging”!

    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Talley

    • Dear Mrs Talley,

      We’re so pleased you are getting into blogging, hopefully you love it as much as we do!

      That’s fine for you to use the ideas on our guidelines poster. Thanks for asking.

      Thanks for your comment,

      Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris

  18. Hi Kathleen and Kelly,
    I am a huge fan of your work and have been following your class blog for a few years. This year I am moving to edublogs having spent the last two years using the NSW Dept of Ed “BlogEd” platform. With your permission, I would love to use your blogging guidelines as this will be the first time our blog will be visible to the rest of the world. Your blogging resources are fantastic and so user friendly!! Thanks for inspiring me and so many others!
    Cheers,
    Jenny

    • Hi Jenny,

      Thanks so much for your kind words. You’re welcome to use our blog guidelines with a link back. I think you’ll enjoy Edublogs, we find it to be a fantastic platform with amazing support.

      Thanks again and good luck,
      Kathleen

  19. Hello,

    I have been wanting to set up a class blog for some time now and your blog has been the inspiration I needed! I’m very excited about starting this, any important tips? Is it alright if I link back to your guidelines? I am sure my class will love blogging. So many benefits!

    Thanks so much,

    • Hi Mr C,

      Thanks for your comments. You’re welcome to link back to our guidelines.

      You can find all sorts of tips on my teacher blog here. I hope it helps.

      Good luck!
      Mrs Kathleen Morris

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  21. Hello,

    I have just set up my own class blog http://misskyritsis.global2.vic.edu.au

    My class has been using your class blog as a stepping stone in setting up our own. Thank you for the fantastic guidelines. I have attached a link on our guidelines page to your own site.
    I hope this is ok. The kids have been loving seeing all the fantastic work being learning by the year 4’s at Leopold Primary School.

    Thanks

    Miss K

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