Our class has gone cutting edge and started a class blog. A blog, short for "web log", is an online journal or newsletter of thoughts and information chronologically published where the most current content is on top of the main page. Blogs are a part of the new social read/write web because they allow others to participate and comment on the content. (See also Defintion of a Blog and Why I Switched From a Class Website to a Blog)
My goals are to use blogs as a platform to responsibly teach, model, and give the students the opportunity to explore the new social web in a supervised and safe environment. Please make sure you and your child have read, discussed, and understands The Blogger's Contract. Secondly, I want to use blogs as way to improve the home-school connection. I also plan to use the blogs to put content and tools online that could assist students in studying for tests at home and on the web.
Our class blog will improve parent communication by keeping you updated on the latest news. Another great feature about blogs are they allow you to subscribe to them. You can subscribe by filling in your email address in the box in the right hand margin of this site. Then every time the blog is updated it comes to you through email, so you can stay current with class news and blog posts. (See also Email Subscription: The Simplest Way to Stay Updated)
One of things that make blogs most powerful is the ability to participate in a live conversations through comments. Please read How and Why to Comment on this Blog.
I am really excited about using this new technology to better connect parents, teachers, and the students in order to better prepare them with the skills they need to be competitive in the 21st century. (I recommend you watch Video: Did You Know 2.0 to see what this generation is about).
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