Wednesday, March 11, 2009

re: You Gotta be 13 to Blogger

Eagle-eye Knaus catches me in High School teacher mode with regard to age requirements for using Blogger:

From the Blogger Terms of Sevice:

"You must be at least thirteen (13) years of age to use the Service. Google reserves the right to refuse service to anyone at any time without notice for any reason."

And of course this is entirely silly beings that if you were to follow the directions I gave regarding the settings, your blogs would be as impenetrable as Fort Knox to anyone but you and the students.

Knaus' advice for middle school teachers is to check out Edmodo or to create a private wiki. You can use Google Docs to create a quasi-Wiki which would work just fine. I often use this method when I want the students to summarize a biography or story as a reading check. Sure beats brain-insulting multiple-choice quizzes.

1 comment:

  1. Once again, AGREED!

    It is silly. No one has access to the blogs except me and the individual student. A few students added friends that they want to have read their work. I think that piece is awesome.

    The 13 thing is simply legal and I don't really want to get myself in trouble. Thanks for the post.


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