As the world gets more and more connected, and more and more information is accessible, isn’t it time that every teacher has a class website or blog? I was in a meeting earlier this year at a school and a parent asked the teacher if she had a website. The teacher replied that she did not, and in not so many words, said she wasn’t tech savvy enough. At first, I just shook my head and wondered why. Lack of interest? Her lack of time? Lack of time? But the more I thought about this, the more I got frustrated. To me, it’s simply not acceptable anymore for a teacher, especially a classroom teacher, to not have a class website or blog, or even a wiki – something to share the successes of the classroom, keep parents up to date on what’s going on in the classroom, and to build a strong relationship between school and home.
Creating a site has never been easier. People no longer need to know how to code or do any complex computing, in many cases, posting something as simply as text is about as easy as sending an email. In addition, I would bet that there are students in almost every classroom who would love to help not only set up the online class space, but would also work to create the content. It wouldn’t be that difficult to update the site at least every few days.
Am I wrong in thinking that teachers not having a class site should no longer be acceptable? Should we, as parents, be raising this concern with our school and district leadership? My child, when asked about his day, rarely give me anything of substance. I’d love to be able to see what’s going on by simply heading to a class page. Why not document the excitement, learning, and cool things going on in our classrooms? When teachers and the education system are getting bashed, we need to be sharing the wonderful things happening, but most teachers are not. School leaders need to make this a priority.
Am I crazy in this thinking? Do you agree? What can be done to help some this problem?