I am looking for ideas -- research, anecdotes, and advice -- about how to coax my district into allowing me to set up a classroom blog. If you've had to overcome roadblocks, either with parents or school officials, would you please share your experiences with me? Thanks!

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The link below is a wiki that includes blogs, whiteboards and is designed and configured for school use. The services and support are provided by a nonprofit education company.

Changes are able to be monitored in real time and pages may be restored to previous versions. Unlike many other blogs and wikis, user accounts may only be created by teachers and school administrators. In addition, your wiki and blogs may be copied on to a school server as an option. Advertisements are disabled once logged in. You must be a teacher or school administrator to activate and try your free wiki account. Once you try it and spend some some on the site, you will certainly be more prepared to address questions about compliance and policy issues.

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I hope this helps.

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Michael Misovec
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Helping Students Education Corp. 501(c)(3)
Good information here! I am putting together an 'introductory plan' both for my students and their parents so that our class can begin blogging.

These are some great examples and facts that prove its worthiness.
Wish you were in my school district. I cannot wait for teachers to pioneer this - I opened a blog as an inspiration to them ................ We will have a social studies blog for high school students up and running by the first week of school. I think fear of publishing is a real misunderstanding also, fear of liablility and global criticism. Go to my blog and look at posts on philosophical understanding, lunch box project and blog roll out. I would love to read your comments. I have tried to address stumbling blocks to blog rolls outs. Right now parents are not an issue because teachers are my focus.
I think the best way to get them to understand blogging is to have them start their own blogs. Once they start posting (which is really another form of writing), reading their colleagues blogs and leaving comments, it will be much easier for them to connect the dots. Actually using the technology will provide them with some context.

I had a friend who held a Blogging 101 class for parents. He found that after reviewing with the parents how he was going to use the blogs, showing that there were safety features built into the blogging client and then helping parents set up their own blogs. After educating the parents on blogs and other social computing tools, he had a complete turn around in support from the parents. They were the ones pressuring the school principal to allow students to use these social tools.

Most people still have no idea what a blog is (let alone a wiki, yackcast or podcast are) or why you would use it in school. They didn't use it in school and have no clue why their kids need to use it. For most, it's this undefined, ethereal thing that they heard on the news was dangerous (thanks Dateline NBC!). So their reaction is to be against it. It's up to all of us to educate the parents, admins and students how to use these tools in a effective and appropriate context for school.

I've attached a few research articles that may help you plead your case! Go get em!
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