Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.As Google Apps for Education, Google Classroom, and learning management systems continue to gain in popularity, students have more and more opportunities to work with others in an online environment, provide written feedback to their peers, and communicate digitally. This does not mean, however, that they all have the skills needed to do so productively and effectively.
As a result, we decided to provide our teachers with a resource to help students write better comments. After scouring the Internet for ready made resources, we found a variety of good information, but nothing that met all our needs. So we compiled what we found to create the information below.
If you have a different point of view, go ahead and share it, but don’t attack the person you’re responding to. Think about how you’re wording things. Try to make “I” statements, like, “I disagree. I think students should have less homework, not more, because….” instead of, “You’re wrong! Students should NOT have more homework!” Be sure to give reasons why you disagree as well. If you want people to see your point of view, you have to explain it!
Everyone loves compliments, and people will like reading, “That’s awesome!” or “You’re a great writer!”, but your comments will be more meaningful and help the writer more if you’re specific. Tell them why something was awesome, or what they wrote that you really liked. That way they’ll know how to be awesome again!
Most people don’t want to read an essay in response to their post. Keep things short and sweet by trying to limit your response to just a few sentences. Try opening with a compliment, add a suggestion or write about something you disagree with, then end with a question to keep the conversation going.
Be sure to read over what you’ve written before submitting your comment. Texting language should be saved for your cell phone. Your teachers’ job is to help you become a better writer, no matter what subject he or she teaches. So use real words and then proofread them. If your writing is full of spelling and grammar errors, not only will you be difficult to understand, but you won’t look very smart and can lose credibility as a result. Remember, comments can be read by everyone!
Consider asking the writer a few questions related to their post, if it’s appropriate to do so. Maybe they can add more details about something to improve their writing, or maybe they haven’t considered something in their writing. Help them out! “If students didn’t go to school, how would they learn to read?”
How to Write a Quality Comment - YouTube video that’s great for Elementary:
Collier, Mack. "How to Write Great Blog Comments." MackColliercom Social Media Training and Consulting RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 May 2014