Very interesting read from a parent on a school tech committee trying to decide whether or not Web log as school website might not be a better answer. He imagines parents able to subscribe via rss to different weblogs within the school (imagine getting the news and assignments for each of your kids classes each day aggregated into one page or e-mail!), online discussions accross the school community and more.
I love finding thinking like this…his personal observations and thoughts through the Web log teach me about my own thinking. Where could you find this type of content pre-Blogger?
Great writing too…here’s a gem of an entry:
Of course a blogware-based Bryant website could still fail. There are cultural issues here – if teachers and administrators simply don’t really need to disseminate timely information online, or if even a much-decreased level of required effort still is too much for overworked, underpaid educators, if more parental kibbitzing is more of a negative than a positive, and/or if there really aren’t enough connected Bryant parents then it just doesn’t matter. But – if that turns out to be the forordained outcome, then (assuming we’re going to have any Bryant website at all) setting up up some blogware and slapping on a Bryant theme is likely to be orders of magnitude faster and cheaper than any other solution. So in other words, Bryant-via-blogware is definitely the right implementation architecture if it results in a vibrant, living web presence but it’s probably still the right approach even if it doesn’t!
Will be watching and perhaps interacting in this most interesting process.