The Russell Street School is very intriguing. There were many aspects I really liked about the school blog. Not only does the school have a constant blog building, but each teacher blogs and many of the classes also has student blogs. What a great way for a school to show what is going on within it! I love that any community member can easily go to this blog and see what is going on. I think most schools do not have a way to showcase the amazing things that takes place on a regular basis. Allowing the community to see how students are learning and the positive, interactive, 21 century learning taking place would help the community have a desire to support the school system. Too often, at least where we live, we hear about the negative things that give schools a bad name. If we would highlight our hard working students, the community would want to support the great things taking place.
Having blogging as a part of the curriculum at the school puts more emphasis into a good quality work ethic. The students know other people will be looking at their blogs. They don't want to be the weakest link! At least I wouldn't want to be. Students have the ability to have drafts, finish a blog, and if need be go back and edit it if it isn't up to par. I love that each students page is unique and shows off who each person is. Some create avatars, have pets, buddies, and other links. They've taken the time to create a spot of their own on the net. How cool is it to see the growth of each student throughout the years?!
What a great school! I know it is a leading school throughout the world in applying technology and in teaching 21st century skills. Thanks for sharing.