The following is a plan with two digital activities I would use teach my first graders about writing comments online emphasizing netiquette and digital citizenship.
Tools: CommonSense, Kidblog, Educational Blogging
1) Learn Digital Citizenship/Netiquette
2) Create classroom discussions that summarize learning and allow reflection by writing comments.
3) Practice Writing Skills
The initial lessons will take place over 5 days with demonstration, active involvement, then shared and guided commenting on the blog. The next week will be a period of trial independent commenting, with additional tips and feedback. Teacher approval of comments is a feature of Kidblog. All comments would be approved before being viewed. Individual conferencing would allow for additional instruction. Use of KidBlog over the year would allow for additional lessons/feedback regarding Digital Citizenship and use of the format in a variety of content areas. It will also allow more students to learn more about reflection and questioning vs. summarizing.
Apple TV to project videos, demonstrations, brainstorming; iPad; laptop
Set up Kidblog account for classroom use
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/show-respect-online-k-2 Curriculum for “Show respect online” lessons from Common Sense Media with video
http://educational-blogging.wikispaces.com/How+To+Teach+Commenting+Skills This is a video I found that teaches blog writing skills.
Day 1: Introduce Kidblog; discuss what blogging is and why we might blog; demonstrate
Day 2: Respectful Blogging lesson: respect, tone, editing (use video from Common Sense)
Day 3: Writing Good Comments lesson: use video from educational blogging
Days 4 and 5: Shared and guided commenting
For beginning first graders, I would use a checklist to assess. Children would need to complete the first four goals and be aware of the type of comment they left by checking one of the last 3. I expect to adjust this rubric as I see how it works and if the goals I have for the children are being met. I would also add to the rubric as the children master the goals set forth.