Tim Wilson from the Hopkins School District in Minnesota is leading what looks to be a group of teachers into the Web log universe. I like how he starts his first post:
Imagine having a Web-based writing system that any person could use without knowing any HTML. Imagine having your students getting instant feedback from their peers as they develop a writing assignment. Imagine communicating with your students’ parents or the larger community by sending an email and having it displayed on your Web page. Imagine your students developing a group project and gathering information and feedback from others around the world and having their final product published on the Internet.
The great thing is that even after doing this for almost two years now (I can’t believe it), that whole description still just sounds so cool to me. I think I might also add something along the lines of “Imagine being able to do it without spending any money!” I know that implies ownership of computers and access. But I still think for most schools, this is a no brainer. I’m getting more and more convinced as I see my own teachers start to “get it,” and I’ve been amazed at how many of them have. Here’s a sampling: Bill F., Jon D., John S., Darrell D., and Dan V. They’re all slowly but surely getting cranked up. And more are on the way.