From: Mr. Rice
As part of the Reading Workshop students are required to write letters to me regarding books they are reading. This has been for the most part, with one recent exception, done in class. My students have expressed an interest in and questioned if there was any other way to accomplish the letter
With the help of the invaluable Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) tech support group an alternative that supports the
District Technology Initiative has been developed. I am very excited about it,
and I believe the students are as well.
The Electronic Forum enables students who wish to write their letters at home and post them on a password protected
internet page that is part of the AAPS network. The instructions for accessing
the Electronic Forum and posting letters appear on the reverse of this page.
I want to emphasize that the Electronic Forum can only be
accessed by students through the use of their password. No one can access the
Forum without that password. The Forum is not an instant messaging or e-mail
system. It is a place where student letters can be posted, viewed, and responded
to only by group members that possess a password.
It is also important for students to realize that once they have submitted an entry they can not change and edit it
in any way. Only the Forum moderator (that would be me) can edit or delete postings. I have instructed students that only school and appropriate postings are allowed. As moderator I will be able to check each posting and its time of entry and author. I have also gone over this letter and Forum access procedures with them.
I believe students will enjoy and benefit from the experience
of using the Electronic Forum. It expected that there will be bugs at the beginning,
but these should gradually disappear with use and experience. As time passes
the use of Electronic Forums may be extended to my other classes as well.
Should this letter get lost you may see a copy of it by going to http://ekimecir.tripod.com/ and clicking on the Reading
that I appreciate all your interest and support. If you have any questions or
concerns please let me know by calling the Forsythe Sixth Grade office at 994-1986 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.