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Day One

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Day One Overview

Think Before You Post
What Makes a Good Blog Post

Think Before You Post

How was your first week of school?
Write your answer on a sticky note and post it up on the wall. 
Read some of the answers together as a class. What do you notice? 

Today, we want to talk about how important it is to think before you post.

Watch one of the following videos.

There are three things we need to keep in mind before posting anything online.
  1. SAS Core Values (Compassion, Honesty, Fairness, Responsibility, and Respect)
  2. No Personal Information
  3. Respect Copyright Rules
brain photo by Martha Ormiston, from The Noun Project

Whatever we post needs to reflect our SAS Online Sharing Guidelines, or in other words, Think Before You Post!

Online Sharing Guidelines for Students

As we continue with this lesson, keep these things in mind. Ask yourself the questions in italics before you publish anything to remind yourself not to share private information online such as your address or age. Don't forget...think before you post!

We’ll talk in more detail about copyright, the last point on the online sharing guidelines later, but for now, keep these things in mind as we create an online avatar for our blogs.

What Makes a Good Blog Post

Watch one of the following videos.

Blogs in Plain English by CommonCraft
What is a blog? by Brain POP

Today, we will talk about what makes a good blog post.


In a group, look at Jimmy's blog. Make a list with what you would change about this blog and why you would change it. Discuss as a class.
Now look at this blog post from one of last year's 6th graders. Compare both blogs. What are the differences?
Make a list of qualities that make up a good blog post.

A First Blog Post

Let's go ahead an create a post a simple blog post, just so we know what to do.

With your blog open, find the 'New Post' link or button. Click it!

Blog post title - Grade 6 - First Thoughts

Blog body - Write a short paragraph sharing some thoughts on your first week in grade 6. What were you worried about? What surprised you? What new friends have you made? What are looking forward to in the next few weeks?

Labels - gr6, bootcamp, homebase Add these three labels to this blog post

Before you click publish, THINK BEFORE YOU POST!

[Optional] Create and Add an Avatar to Your Blog

Avatars are visual representations of authors that appear when they do things on blogs such as comment or post something.  They help identify posts and comments as belonging to someone and they help readers to “know” the writer better by giving them a visual to go along with a screen name.

Create an Avatar

You have 3 minutes to look through the avatar sites.  Think about how the avatar styles match your personality, hobbies, etc.  Then pick one and make an avatar.

Once you’ve made your avatar, take a screenshot (shift-command-4 & drag around the image you want on screen). This will save your avatar file onto your desktop or into your Downloads folder.

Follow these instructions to add your avatar to your blog.