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Middle school students sharing thoughts on their blogs

from Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Poised at a keyboard in the upstairs computer lab, Elizabeth Pusateri was ready to share her thoughts about volcanoes. The sixth-grader and the rest of her class at Hillcrest Intermediate School at the Norwin School District in Pennsylvania had just learned about geological disasters in science. Now, they were writing about what they had learned on their class blog. As children spend more time online at home, schools are realizing the educational potential of social media., an Australia-based company that provides blogging software for schools, now hosts 600,000 student and teacher blogs around the world. Internet safety and etiquette are integral to the lessons, Donna Duncan said. The students, whose blogs can be seen by anyone, are cautioned to use only their screen names and never their real names online. Parents sign permission forms, and a teacher reviews blog entries and comments before they go live. more

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