Sometimes it feels as if we have always had the Read/Write Web available to us, but thinking back to my childhood and my school years, it’s interesting to think about how different life would have been if it was then what it is today. I can say with confidence that my education would have been completely different had the internet been as important. I have to remember that my students have only ever known education with the internet, and because of this it needs to be an essential part of their everyday learning. I know I still have a lot to learn about using the Read/Write Web in my classroom (part of why I took this class), but I think that it can be so beneficial to my students and to myself. I feel that parent-teacher communication is an essential part of a successful school year. Creating a blog that both parents and students can use would be a great way to keep everyone up to date on the on goings of the classroom. I would love to be able to post ideas and classroom news, and allow the parents and students to comment with their thoughts. Along the same lines, I would like to start following different educational blogs to be able to gather different ideas from many other educators.
Although my students are only in 2nd grade, they never fail to amaze me every year with how quickly they pick up on new concepts. I would love to be to incorporate different opportunities for my students to create videos to cast. These could be used for them to explain vocabulary words, act out skits, or explaining how to do a math problem. These casts could even be posted to the blog for parents to view. There are certainly many opportunities in the Read/Write Web available to use in my classroom, and I look forward to learning many more and using them to expand my students’ education.