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Excellent website for teaching letter writing

October 20th, 2011 · No Comments · Online Teacher Resources, Teacher Sites

In my response to one of my online students today, I wanted a resource to guide him in writing a simple friendly letter. I was happy to find Writing a Friendly or Personal Letter from Parsley Elementary School in Wilmington, NC.

What an outstanding hypertext resource for Parsley students and for students everywhere!

envelopeThis simple webpage gives excellent information in an orderly way. The page design is welcoming to primary students. In addition, this webpage goes beyond the basics with links to other sites and even a video. What’s more, there’s a separate page on addressing an envelope and mailing a letter. I have had to teach ninth graders how to address an envelope. They would have like this page, too.

I’ve been an advocate for teacher made websites for a long time. This one reinforces my belief that a regular old html site with links and graphics can be the perfect vehicle for teachers. I appreciate that these teachers shared their excellent resource with the world and with me. Helping my student today was easier because of this page.

I’m still amazed that more teachers haven’t recognized the benefits of publishing websites for their own students. I was talking to an IT specialist for a nearby college recently, and I asked him if many of the college’s professors had websites. Some do, but not many, he told me. Providing teacher web space and instruction on how to create websites was not on their IT agenda any time soon, either. He also told me that some professors are using Facebook pages to communicate with their students. I use Facebook, and I know that with the new features (like being able to direct posts to only certain users and the ability for users to subscribe to page feeds) it could be a useful tool for educators, but I don’t think Facebook could ever be as versatile as a webpage or a blog.

Thanks again, teachers at Parsley Elementary School, for being good technology role models!

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