Thank you for participating in the blog survey! The results are IN. Here is what I learned from surveying you...
- Almost 75% have participated in blogging
- Everyone except for a few people would be ready to post comments each week
- There is an equal split of people who like learning in the classroom, online, or who don't care.
Have you ever raised your hand to speak in class? Commenting on a blog is the exact same thing. If you wouldn’t say it in class, DON’T say it on the blog!
The purpose of commenting is to communicate. We will comment a lot: on videos, posts, pictures, etc. We comment to learn, to express our opinions, to tell stories, use humor, and share our thinking. Remember, you are trying to engage the blogger in a conversation! Here is some advice on quality commenting:
Think about your digital privacy:
- Don’t use your full name.
- Leave off your home email, your street address, phone number, or school name.
- Don’t share specifics of your daily routines that involve time and location (ie where & when your soccer practice is)
Think about the tone of your comment:
- Be polite, friendly, and encouraging.
- Have some humor, but be careful with sarcasm.
- It is okay to disagree, but don’t be rude about it; acknowledge that you disagree, explain why, and give constructive (helpful) feedback.
- Keep your comment on topic and make sense. Say something about the original post.
- Don’t say random stuff or get really silly.
- Be more formal than you would in real life, but not stuffy.
- Avoid texting shortcuts like u for you and l8r for later, and only use one emoticon if you need to.
- Sometimes add a question at the end to keep the conversation going.
- Try to fix your spelling mistakes: use www.dictionary.com if you are unsure how to spell something or draft it in Word first.
- Use capitals in the right places: people’s names, places, the beginning of a sentence, and on “I” –no evil i’s. All capitals is like yelling.
- Punctuate properly: period at the end of a sentence, space after a period, comma, or end bracket. One “!” will do: you don’t need a string of exclamation marks.
- Remember, you are putting your best self forward. Be intelligent with your comments.
Listen to the 2 versions of "Las Mariposas Exoticas" below then:
- Describe the differences between the 2 versions.
- BE SPECIFIC.
P.S. Spelling and grammar ALWAYS count!