If you are reading this blog, then you’ve found my new “newsletter” for the technology happenings at your school. Welcome! Yes, and that’s what this is….a blog. I am going to be blogging to keep you informed! Why? Because I can tell you what I need to tell you without having to wait until I put out a newsletter each month. A blog also has advantages for other reasons. You will be able to look back at past “news” if you need to. You’ll be able to look for information I have written about certain topics using “tags” or categories. I will be modeling for you a use of technology that I think would be very useful for your classroom. And, the coolest part….blogging is actually two way communication! See that “comment” link right below this article? If you click on it, you can leave a comment about the article you are reading. It’s even possible to have a nice discussion via the blog comments.
So, let’s lay some ground rules:
1) You do not have to comment, but please do if you have something to say.
2) This is NOT another form of a “help” page. If you choose to comment, please keep the discussion about the topic of the article to which you are responding. Also, please do not leave comments about wanting to schedule a time with me—this is best done through email.
3) You do not have to leave your email address, but it would help me to at least know what school you are from….and your name if you feel comfortable. First names are fine.
4) Remember that this page is part of the Internet. Anyone can read it. Do not use kids’ names.
5) Be honest. If you don’t like one of my ideas, feel free to say so and tell me why. If you have questions, ask. If you have suggestions, please share. If you used an idea and it went really well, tell me. If it was a flop, tell me that too. Remember that others can read your comments as well, so what you say may help someone else.
So, that’s it! Go for it! I will remind you once a month to check this blog in lieu of sending out my monthly newsletter. You can visit anytime…I will post new articles regularly…you don’t have to wait for my email!
PS—Blogs also use something called RSS feed (you see it mentioned in the box to the right). Using this feed might make it easier to keep up with this blog, and to keep tabs on a bunch of other really neat stuff on the web. Keep a look out for webpages that have an RSS feed. You might see a little orange xml or rss icon to let you know. For now, just try and notice, and I’ll explain more about it later.