Now, that we're going paperless and using our blogs more, I want us to explore digital citizenship.
Your blog is not a diary and it is not one-sided. It is an academic portfolio and a public document intended to start conversations about your scholarly work. In addition to assignments for this class, your blog may also contain other academic-related items such as your poetry or notes for another class. You should expect that family, teachers, employers, and college representatives will see the site.
This week, you must complete numerous tasks to prove that you are capable of being a positive and productive digital citizen.
BLOG POST 1: MY DIGITAL FOOTPRINT due Mar 5
What does your current digital footprint imply about you? Google yourself. Your blog post should explain and hyperlink to at least 1 site that has information about you. If nothing appears for you, explain why not.
How do you want to be known? When colleges, parents, employers, friends talk about you, what do you want them to say? Athletic? Witty? Leader? Create a word cloud of at least 10 descriptions and add the pic to your blog post.
Read "College Prospects are Being Watched on Facebook and Twitter" and "37 Percent Of Employers Use Facebook To Pre-Screen Applicants". In your blog post, you should summarize, analyze, and personally connect to the articles.
BLOG POST 2: ONLINE COMMENTS due Mar 5
Read “The Top 10 Reasons We Deleted Your Comment”. Why do you think websites create guidelines for posting comments? Do you think people who post a comment should have to leave their real name and e-mail address? Which rules do you disagree with? Do you think that online commenting is a good way to engage in conversation?
Go to The New York Times' Student Opinion page and leave a comment on an article of your choice. Hyperlink to that article so that I can see your comment.
Go to 3 of your classmates' blogs and leave a comment on 1 of their posts. Hyperlink to those posts so that I can see your comments.
Go to any other website that accepts reader comments (of course, it must be school-appropriate). Read many comments on the site and then write about your observations, using specific examples. What do you notice about the nature of the comments? What conclusions can you draw? Your blog post should hyperlink to that site so that I know what you're analyzing.
Create a Comment Policy explaining how you expect your blog readers to behave on your site and post it in your blog's sidebar. Of course, you should not just copy and paste someone else's. It should be labeled bold "Comment Policy".
Make sure your blog has "comment approval required" set up. Also, make sure that you've approved the comments people have left on your blog.
BLOG POST 3: FREE POST due Mar 7
Create a blog post about one of your preferred colleges, careers, or passions. It should invite conversation about your topic, be at least 150 words, and not plagiarize. It should also include a relevant photo, a relevant hyperlink, and an interesting title. Check out these examples (they're not perfect, but they're decent): Example 1, Example 2, Example 3.
BLOG ACTIVITY 4: PERFECTING YOUR BLOG due Mar 7
Make sure your blog's sidebar has your real first and last name and a short description of yourself that does NOT mention your age, location, or school.
Make sure all of your post titles are interesting and specific.
Make sure you have categories in your sidebar and you have categorized each blog post. You might make categories such as Nonfiction, Vocabulary, Poetry, Audio/Video.
Make sure every post has a relevant, vibrant photo.
Make sure you have perfect spelling and grammar in each of your posts.
Make sure you only have 1 page on your site and it should be called "Blog".
Make sure your blog is designed the way you want it and it has followed our photo policy: Only use names or photos of other people if they were readily available through a regular internet search. Do not post any photos that are seductive, offensive, violent, etc. If you post a photo of yourself, it should be a bit artistic so it doesn't show too much of your identity.
In your sidebar, post a widget from Creative Commons that copyrights your blog. Click here to see what you should type. Copy and paste the HTML code into your sidebar.
In your sidebar, post a widget from Goodreads.
a. Log into Goodreads
b. Go to the drop-down arrow to the right of your profile image at the top and click "Edit Profile"
c. Click the "widgets" tab.
d. Scroll down to the "Goodreads Updates Widget"
e. Copy and paste that HTML code into your blog's sidebar.
Your blog's sidebar should now have Author Name & Bio, Categories, Comment Policy, Goodreads Widget, & Creative Commons License (in that order)