Although Blogger is a Google product, it is not part of the Google Apps for Education suite and therefore, keeping FERPA in mind, requires some additional configuration on the part of the student when creating their blog. Students must:
Step 1: going to www.blogger.com,
Step 2: click on the name of the reflection blog,
Step 3: click on settings at the bottom of the left column,
Step 4: click on Posts and Comments,
Step 5: change Comment Location to “Hide.”
Step 6: change Who can comment? to “Registered User.”
Step 7: change Comment Moderation to “Always” and have the student enter their email address in the field provided.
Step 1: going to www.blogger.com,Step 2: click on the name of the reflection blog,Step 3: click on settings,Step 4: to the right of Privacy click on “Edit”,Step 5: under Add your blog to our listings? select “No” andStep 6: under Let search engines find your blog? select “No.”
Step 1: going to www.blogger.com,Step 2: click on the name of the reflection blog,Step 3: click on settings,Step 4: next to Blog Readers select “Private - Only these readers.”Step 5: Enter your teacher’s email address in the field provided.
Some other general considerations for using Blogger in the classroom.
Remind students not to post personal information (their addresses, phone number, etc.) on the site.
If students or their parents are concerned about a student participating in a public blog, consider allowing them to post under an alias.
If a student or their parents are still concerned about participating in a public blog, even when using an alias, consider an alternative method of fulfilling the requirements of the assignment.
Use labels on your blog to help “sort” posts. More here.
- Remember to work out a system for how you want the reader to be added to the blog. You can set up the “Subscribe by Email” gadget. Or, you could type in the reader’s email address by going to the blog -> Settings -> Mobile and email and adding the address in “Email Posts to”.