Linked to our issue with our ‘delightful’ unwanted spammers is this brief but equally frustrating message that I know a few of you are getting as you try to leave comments for your fellow AIS-R colleagues and/or other Coetail bloggers …..
Of course I can’t share with you what the “spammy words” are but I can share with you the following things that could potentially get your comment identified as spam.
Acronyms – (I know, they are so prevalent in Education! But avoid using them if you can!)
Words in capitals for emphasis – (our anti-spam plugins don’t like it when you “shout”)
More than two (2) hyperlinks in your comment – (typical spammer technique)
Posting too many comments to Coetail blogs in a short space of time – (don’t leave your commenting to do all at once!)
Tried all these things BUT it still won’t let you post that comment?
Here’s what you can do next: Copy your comment into an email to the blog author (usually a fellow AIS-R colleague). Make sure you cc me in the email and send it. (If it’s outside AIS-R and you don’t know/can’t find the author’s email, just email me so I see the comment content)
On your GradeSheet add the following:
In the Name of Blog space, paste hyperlink the post you wanted to comment on.
In the Comment URL space, type “emailed author & Chrissy”
Add the date posted (like you usually do)
I’ll be able to grade/give feedback on your comment because I’ve seen the content and will know the post that you are talking about.
Sean’s post New Eyes also demonstrates that making connections between what’s going on in the classroom and the weekly readings is a great way to begin a post. The use relevant multimedia artefacts enhance and support the content of a posts and bold headings “chunk” the text for the reader making the content easy to follow and process.
Purposeful hyperlinking to relevant external resources is a standout in Pamela’s post Doodling with a Purpose. I’m hoping that Pamela keeps us update with how this is going for her and her students
Highlights – Comments
There are some outstanding comments worth sharing too. Often I am asked “what’s makes a good comment?” Here are two comments, that demonstrate exactly that:
Pamela’s comment – responding to original post, asking thought-provoking questions to further the conversation as well as including relevant external hyperlinked resource to support thoughts & ideas mentioned
Laura’s comment – responds to original post, another commenter & further extends the conversation by sharing relevant external link to another resource
Your Digital Footprint
As you begin to develop your online presence through your COETAIL blog, possibly a Twitter, Google+ and/or Facebook account, and other blogs or social media tools as well, it’s worth taking a moment to think about the “footprint” you’re leaving behind. While this will be a large focus for Course 2, here is a bit of a teaser for where we’re going:
Of course the posts you’re writing now are just the beginning of the footprint (along with any other spaces where you share publicly online), but it’s worth taking some time to think about the following themes as you write:
Your blogs are public, so although the primary audience may be COETAIL members, your reflective space represents you as a learner. People will find your posts through tweets and comments and links – probably many more people than you may initially expect. As you begin to see who is leaving comments, what they’re interested in, and which posts end up with the most comments, you’ll start to learn who your active audience is. In that sense, your blog may begin to develop a theme or a tone relative to what you share and how people respond.
Also, it’s a general rule of thumb that for every single comment you get, 100 people have read your post. I don’t think this applies to COETAIL participant comments, but when you start to get comments beyond our cohort and other COETAILers, that’s a good barometer.
Writing is a powerful form of communication as we all know. The words you choose have impact. Thinking about how others may perceive what you write may help you present “your best you” to the world. Rants, a consistently negative tone, or ridiculing others probably isn’t the way you want others to perceive you.
Praise Locally, Criticize Globally
Although we all face challenges in our current schools, it’s so important to focus on the positive, and to ensure that you’re not bringing negative attention to your school (or certain individuals, even if you don’t use their name). When your colleagues find out that you’re blogging, they may read your posts, and even without using names, they may know who you’re talking about. It’s worth asking yourself: “will this offend anyone at school?” before you publish. (Actually, in general this is a good rule of thumb for all public writing, unless you’re intentionally being offensive.)
Many COETAILers end up using their blog as a portal for future employers. As such, you may want to think of the posts you write as a way to share your professional learning and perspectives, as well as the ways that you’re implementing these new ideas into your classroom.
This is definitely not intended to add more pressure on you as you develop your blog, but just to give you some ideas to think about as you select what to share in this public space. What kind of footprint do you want to leave behind?
As you’re thinking about “Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out” with your blog and in this new space, you might also enjoy this short clip from the New Learning Institute featuring researcher Mimi Ito: