Friday, February 27, 2009

FHU School of Education Provides Interview Opportunity for Education Majors

The Freed-Hardeman University School of Education will be providing an opportunity for Education majors to interview for a job. On March 9, 2009, representatives from the following schools will be on campus to conduct interviews of FHU Education majors:

- Jackson-Madison County Schools
- Fayette County Schools
- Tipton County Schools
- West Tennessee Children's Home
- Columbia Academy

Students interested in making an appointment for an interview are encouraged to stop by the School of Education or call 731-989-6074.

Additional school personnel who would also like to be present to interview FHU Education majors on March 9, 2009 are encouraged to attend. Interested parties should call 1-888-348-6116 and ask to speak with Rhonda Jones or Gloria Sneed.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Reasons for Educators to Blog

The latest edition of Learning and Leading with Technology (March/April 2009, Vol 36 No. 6) includes an article about blogging by Rachel Peters, a nationally board certified teacher. The article, "Hooked on Classroom Blogging", explains how she used a blog to communicate with her American students as she took an Earthwatch-invited trip to Vietnam to study butterflies.

Her experience offers some helpful tips to those who are new to blogging. In addition to pointing out the importance of using "quizzes and rewards" as a way to gain student interest in reading her blog, she also provides a list of ten reasons why educators should blog. Her list includes the following:

1. It's free. There's no charge for most accounts, and most don't even have advertising.
2. It's a quick and simple way to share ideas, photos, and thoughts.
3. You don't need paperwork because you're not using the district's server.
4. Students can access it anywhere they can log on to the Internet.
5. You can use it in place of your weekly newsletter.
6. If kids are going there, they're reading. Reading is good!
7. If kids are posting, they're thinking and writing. This is good, too!
8. You can use it as your class Web page, adding links to sites your students will access during the school year.
9. Older posts are archived and easy to access.
10. You can use it to build community. Your students can get to know you outside of the classroom.

What about you? How do you use blogging as an educational tool?