The sixth-grade teachers at William E. Norris Elementary School in Southampton, Massachusetts are collaborating with each other and their students using a blog called The Electronic Pencil. Under the supervision of teacher Kevin Hodgson, the blog is used to post student writing, projects, and general information for students and their families.
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This is an excellent example of teachers working together to communicate with students and parents by incorporating the use of technology. In addition to reviewing class work and projects, site visitors can find homework assignments, get an overview of projects for the year, and access the school's Website. Hodgson reports that the blog has quickly become a place where students engage in authentic publication and learn lessons about digital literacy. Most importantly, these students are developing the sense of being members of a learning community.