One of my former students who has moved on to 8th grade sent me the following email a few days ago:
In science, we have been assigned a project to raise awareness or to help with the problem of the environment. I thought that The Blurb would be the perfect tool to use to spread awareness of the environmental problem, and recent steps that have been taken by President Obama to help.
I was thinking that I, and possibly a small group, could put up posts about 1-3 times a week, depending on the size of the group, to spread awareness of this issue. This project runs till about the end of May, so there would be a high production of posts for that time period.
I just wanted to run this by you to make sure you were fine with my using The Blurb for the science project.
After I wrote back letting him know that he had permission to use The Blurb—a classroom blog that he was very active in creating two years ago—for his project, Landini wrote me again:
Mr. FerriterThanks a ton, I'll definitely try experimenting with Voicethread and Video. I also think that changing the color scheme would really tie it all together and get more people into the spirit of Earth Day.I'll try to get started as soon as I can on some posts, so you can tell all of your colleagues. That will really help the impact, and the number of hits (that's what I'll be recording so that my teacher can see how widespread the impact will be).Thanks AgainLandini