Obtaining Permission to Blog With Students

Kathleen Morris, The Edublogger, Aug 29, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I may sound like a bit of a crank when I say this, but I think it's ridiculous that you should have to seek permission in order to blog with your students. We (most of us) don't live in dictatorships! Yet nonetheless, Kathleen Morris writes, "Your first step before introducing blogging into your classroom will be obtaining permission from your school, and parents or guardians." She also describes how you should talk about ho you will use blogging, why you want to blog, and what guidelines and privacy settings you will have in place. I understand the caution but I don't think it's warranted, and it sends students exactly the wrong message.And speaking of students, I find it interesting that they are the one group of people Morris did not say we need to obtain permission from.

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