Need to comment on a blog or reply to a classmate on Edmodo? It might help to understand the expectations.

Positive Comments

If you're told to go and provide a positive comment, "Yeah" or "Right on" may make the author feel good, but of more interest to conversation participants is "Why do you think it is right on?" If you don't care, don't comment, but if something truly resonates with you and you have something to share, do it! (coolcat, 2006).

Examples / Non-examples

Good Positive Comments
Useless / pointless (worth no points) Positive comments.
  • This rocks! I really like how you [insert anything here as long as it has something to do with the content of the post and the actual assignment that was given].
  • I love this PSA Poster... The adjustment layers you added made the walrus look sad and alone. Creepy effect ,but it gets the point across.
  • "That's a cool house. I look forward to seeing what you do with that large living room."
  • That kitchen design is really neat. I love the custom bar with stools.
  • I totally agree with your frustrations. Stencylworks is definitely a work in progress. I decided to move on to Scratch, and I'm having much better luck.
  • Your platformer game rocked my world. That was really challenging to have to jump and shoot at the same time.
  • Awesome!
  • Better than Tacos!
  • "I give these thingymajigs a 5 due to their righteousness".
  • Wowwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Hi! [Is that even positive?]
  • "ewww haha jk" [this is definitely worth negative points...]


Occasionally you may be required to ask a question of a fellow student on his / her blog or in the Edmodo group. Your question should reflect 3 key elements.
  1. I actually read / viewed the assignment posted by the person I'm questioning.
  2. I actually read / viewed / understood the assignment being responded to.
  3. I'm trying to give the person I'm questioning an opportunity for growth / improvement with my question.

Examples / Non-examples

Good Questions
Pointless (worth no points) questions
  • Why did you choose [insert anything here about your classmate's choices of design / style / content]?
  • Did you develop those graphics yourself or get them off of the student resource disc?
  • What green technology do you plan to use with this house? Did it affect your design?
  • I love how you [...]. Is it possible to [...]? ...because that would look cool.
  • Your kitchen looks a bit off. Did you use the videos?
  • Cool, how do you like Gamestar Mechanic? I heard it was really simple... like too simple.
  • What were you thinking?
  • Where did you find that pic? LOL!
  • Are you going to the game tonight?
  • What do you mean?

Criticize Kindly

darth%20commenter.jpgOccasionally, we have a need to disagree with one another. There is a right way to disagree on a topic while remaining civil and not attacking the other's right to his / her opinion. In terms of design assignments, you may need to give someone a nudge in the right direction so his / her design can be better. If you can, try to do this with a question (see above). If not, try to focus on what he / she could or should do to improve the piece, not on what was done poorly. Always focus criticism on the work presented and not on the person.

Good Criticism
Pointless Criticism (actually worth negative points)
  • I'm having trouble reading your poster. You should consider using a more readable typeface, like Arial or Myriad Pro.
  • Check out the Kuler Extension. I bet you can find a color scheme there that will unify your design and make it more pleasing to the eye.
  • I love your design, but I think you could use a few simple alignment tricks to make more whitespace. That should draw attention to the little boy in the refugee camp.
  • I can't read a freaking thing you wrote. Your font looks like vomit!
  • Your poster looks like a Gypsie's nightmare! I had siezures from looking at it.