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Blogs

Teachers can create a Blog to facilitate an online discussion to a teacher's question.  The main points to know about the Blog Tool are:
  • Student comments are not published until approved by the teacher.
  • Students have a code name to maintain anonymity, but teachers know these codenames.
  • Blogs are open for a week, but remain visible afterward.
  • There are numerous settings to change the blog functions.

Settings can be chosen to make a Blog limited to members of a class or open to the whole school.  Real names of students can be used, but in this setting website access must limited only to student class members to maintain student privacy protections.  Another option is to keep the identity of bloggers anonymous by using School Fusion assigned codenames for each student (and the teacher knows these codenames). 

The Comment Approval settings allow student comments to be held unpublished until approved by the Teacher. When a teacher logs in, there is a prompt to moderate student comments.  The teacher can moderate the discussion with a variety of actions such as Approving comments, Rejecting comments, or requiring a student to Revise a comment.  Students who repeatedly and consistently post appropriately will earn the freedom to post without approval. The teacher can also give different ratings to the quality of the student comment.  Click here for a PDF with more details on discussion moderation features. 

Setting up a Blog can done through the Dashboard using the Create link or directly through the Classroom FusionPage when logged in.  Find the Discussion Topics tool, choose Add Topic, and put in a title and description.  Click on More Options before saving to check or uncheck the different privacy options. 




To see School Fusion a screencast video on Blog Set-up, click here.

See this PDF for more instructions on the Blog setup or this PDF for very detailed instructions from School Fusion (blog instructions start on page 2). 

For Blog information directed toward students, click here.




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Last Updated: 8/28/12