Student Behavior Guide

Be nice. The most important thing to remember is sarcasm hurts. Be overly friendly and be positive. Remember … treat others as you would like to be treated. When commenting on someone else’s work, please start off by using the first name of the person you are directing your remarks, observations, or questions to.  In closing your comment also include your own name. This helps keep the discussion polite and friendly.

Be safe. Never post your personal information or information about someone else. Keep things like last names, ages, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses off the Internet. Remember that information on the internet, especially embarrassing information, may still be around after you’ve deleted it. Be careful not to post things that may come back to haunt you later.

Read, re-read, and proof-read before you click “Add a Comment”. Don’t rush. Once you press that button, you can’t take it back. Look everything over and use your spell check to be sure everything is accurate.

Keep it on topic. This isn’t the place to discuss after-school plans.

Follow directions. Be sure to follow the directions that are given for the assignment — be creative, but within the parameters set forth on the page.

Do not delete the work of others deliberately. Unless it is part of the assignment and you have permission. Do not correct the spelling and grammar of other students unless you have their permission.

Be truthful and accurate. Write things you know to be correct using facts from research from reliable, credible sources.  The Internet is a great source of information but information is only useful when it is accurate. Check more than one source.

Ask first, then give credit. Ask an artist’s permission to post their photos, pictures or pieces of writing. Never use first and last names of people that could identify them in a photo or video. You must also ask permission when using an idea from a friend, a family member, or even from an acquaintance. After you have his/her permission, then you must ask if you can post his/her name to give him/her credit. If you know anyone who is breaking any part of this rule, it is very important to tell someone who can help immediately.

Be brief, to the point and logical. Use breaks in your text and formatting elements to make the page easy to read and understand.

Adapted from PBWiki’s Wiki Etiquette for Students – http://educators.pbwiki.com/Wiki+Etiquette+for+Students

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