The Internet In the Classroom - IssuesArapahoe High School. (2007). AHS blogging policy. Retrieved fromhttp://arapahoe.littletonpublicschools.net/forStudents/AHSBloggingPolicy/tabid/1486/Default.aspxBlogs can be a great way for teachers to enrich and extend their classroom. A blog issomewhat of a daily journal that allows the viewer to see the latest entry first.Arapahoe High School is on the forefront of using blogs in the classroom. They haverisen to meet the needs of the 21
century classroom by establishing a bloggingpolicy for their teachers and students. Their blogging policy is designed so that ateachers blog becomes an extension of their classroom. This policy remindsteachers to be specific, educational, safe and civil. This blog also reminds teachersto be careful with their personal blog that is not part of their classroom because anyinformation posted there is available for the public to see and could possibly beused against them in any litigation. Arapahoe High School encourages their teachersto blog and blog safely.This policy does a good job of bringing awareness to their teachers about blogging.It also does a good job of encouraging teachers to blog. One strength of this policy isthat fact that it brings awareness to potential problems without scaring them not toblog. Another strength to this policy is the fact that it reminds teachers that they arepublic figures and anything they say on another blog could possibly be used against them. Perhaps the one thing that makes the policy very exemplary is the fact that it gives teachers a good example of a blog entry. This sample entry shows teachershow to successfully write a quality blog post. Overall, this policy does a great job of encouraging teachers to blog and uses it to extend their classroom.Though this blogging policy is written very well there are several places that couldbe improved. First, if the district is encouraging teachers to blog they must link tothe various blogging platforms. Many teachers are not considered digital natives,but are willing to try new thing; therefore they would need to know the different blogging services that are available to them. Another weakness is the lack of academic integrity. The policy does remind teachers about plagiarism, but it doesnot encourage them to cite any sources used in their blog post. By operating abovethe standard it would allow for a more open and honest environment on the blog.Though these are minor weakness they could easily be fixed. However, it iscommendable of Arapahoe High School to takes the steps to encourage teachers toblog.