I liked your ideas of how to use blogs. Even though I have used blogs with my students, I never thought to also have parents be involved. That would really open up the lines of communication and would help students see just how much their parents care. I think you also made a good point about using them to collaborate with colleagues in our district. It’s great when we can get together to discuss ideas, but we never seem to have enough time! By creating a blog we could share these ideas easily. I too worry about the safety of students with the increased use of technology. ]]>

I worry to that with all of these great advances with technology, there will safety concerns for our children. Unfortunately, laws and preventive means usually develop after a problem and not before and therefore always seem to be a step behind technology. Hopefully through education we will be able to keep harm away from our kids.

Julie ]]>

I also thought it would be great to use Skype with students in other schools. I really like your idea of working with another school in your district. I have always wanted to have pen pals in other countries, and I think that by starting in our school first my students would feel really comfortable. Also by doing this they would get to learn about the great things that others schools are doing in our district! You had a great idea about using it for grade level meetings. Our grade level meetings are always so beneficial, but we just don’t have enough time to have them often!

Melissa

]]>Another aspect I liked from your link was learning from mistakes. I don’t think as educators or parents, for that matter, emphasize how much learning from your mistakes is one of the best ways we learn. Growing up, I was that, my parents and grandparents would not criticize me for making mistakes, but encourage me to think about what I could do differently to learn from it. I in turn have done the same to my children and my students. For example in math every morning I have a problem on the board and I call it, “My Favorite No”. After all students have answered, I go over them and pick out the problem that showed great mathematical skills, but did something wrong that caused them to get the wrong answer. Example would be 7^2 x 1. I USE TO have students do 7 x 2, instead of 7 x 7. So, I would pull the 7 x 2 to show the class, NEVER using names. All my students know how to use exponents correctly because they learned a lesson not only from their mistake, but also their classmates. ]]>