Show & Tell : Exhibit, Reflect and Critique with Blogs

1. Permission
Be sure you have permission to exhibit student work, and be clear about school policies regarding student names attached to their artwork. Our Student Information Form has a component that defaults to "Yes, I allow my student's name, picture and work to appear on school related websites". If a parent wants to opt out, they have that option. I check all student forms in the fall after they come in to see if there are students whose parents opt out. These parents often will allow students to participate in online work for class purposes when approached directly. Variations such as a pseudonym or allowing work but not their picture are sometimes required. At various grade levels the parameters of what is allowed will also vary; as will expectations and rules from school district to school district. Be sure you are clear on your own school's guidelines.

2. Student Blog Contracts : Informing Parents, keeping them in the loop
Part of the point of posting student work to the web is to engage parents and allow them to see what their students are working on at school. If you are allowing students to post to a class site, or have individual student blogs, you should also use a Blog Contract or permission form that clearly states their responsibilities, behavior expectations, the uses for the tools, and references to the school/district Acceptable Use Policy.
This is the blog contract I use with my students. It is based on one posted by Bud the Teacher, and is also used by Yarmouth High School.

3. Platform