...and I'm not complaining.
I now have several devices that allow me to do all these things and more no matter where I am. Not only do I look up business information on Google to get a phone number...but I read what other people say, read detailed lists of their services, and click one button which will transfer me to my 'GPS' app and give me instant directions from wherever I happen to be.
|Like I would waste my time finding all of this out from a phone book...|
|Who says you can't have a "virtual" Friday Folder?|
I've always felt education as a whole system tends to be a couple steps behind on technological advances purely for reasons of the process for purchasing things in districts. However, the Internet is here now, we all have it at school, and there really is no excuse not to be getting your classroom information online.
Here are my thoughts about the pros for an online classroom blog/newsletter versus the typical format:
- Save Paper
- Be more dynamic - instead of 2 pictures, a slideshow of hundreds
- Feedback/commenting instantly
- Customizable, creative, and fun!
- Parents can subscribe in many ways, like choosing to be e-mailed when updates are posted
- Something changes? No need to re-print, just re-post.
- I'm not aware of paper being made yet that can play videos...
- Add-ons are endless and growing: calendars, slideshows, "apps" for students (i.e. dictionary)
- Easier consistent access.