Getting Permission to Write About Student Maker Projects

I have a big backlog of student projects I’ve been wanting to write about, but part of the reason I haven’t is that I feel a certain sort of weirdness about writing about “student projects.” Yes, these young people happen to be in high school classes I teach, but they are makers with their own ideas and projects, plans and portfolios. I don’t want to write about them anonymously and fail to give them credit for their work, but I also don’t want to post about their names and projects if they don’t want me to. The obvious solution was to ask, so I finally made a little end of year survey:

Sharing Preferences

Hi everyone! Over the summer I’d like to spend some time blogging about class projects to share ideas with other computer science teachers. I’ve learned a lot from the community so I want to give back. It’s great to have actual examples of your work to show along with this, so I’m checking in to find out your preferences about me sharing your work online. For example, I might post screenshots, photos of projects, or code snippets. All answers are ok, and you can always email me at <redacted> if you change your mind. Here are a couple of examples of the kind of things I’m writing about.
Ms. Freed

Your name:

Ok to blog about your work in this class? (eg. code, screenshots, photos)

  • Yes, and cite me by name
  • Yes, but I’d like to be anonymous
  • Depends on the project, please contact me each time
  • No, please do not share my work
  • Other:

If you said “contact me each time,” what’s the best email address to reach you?

Do you have a personal website or online portfolio you would like me to link to?

Anything else?

Responses so far:
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(The “other” response was basically “ok to write about it but let me know because that would be cool!”)

Again, seems obvious but now I have a nice spreadsheet to refer to and feel way more comfortable writing about their projects going forward. 🙂

Update: Oops! I should have asked about preferred gender pronouns. Also impacts anonymity (eg. do I write “she” or “they” for a student who has asked to be anonymous?) Next year’s version will have this question.

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