Thank you all for helping this year get off to such a great start. It’s been great to meet so many new parents and I can’t express enough how well behaved and fun to teach this new batch of 6th graders is.
I can’t wait to get started with all the projects and ideas I have for your children this year. Your kids will be writing weekly blog posts on positive and impactful topics, collaborating on writing and research projects, thinking creatively about how to communicate their ideas, working together to study for tests, writing short stories and persuasive writing pieces, designing websites, and as you already know, your kids will be blogging responses to books they have read.
However, before we can do any of these important things, I need to ask you for something that it’s going to be hard for some of you to agree to, and that is I would like your child to have their own email address.
Right now about half of the students in the class have their own email and most of the other students said they just use their parents’ email. Either way is honestly fine with me and I would expect that parents would always have passwords to their children’s email account.
However, to be more specific, I would actually like your child to sign up for an account with Google. A Google account comes with access to a blogging platform, a way to share documents from the computer lab to home easily, a way to collaborate easily with classmates, and of course the email address that we actually won’t be using that much at except for signing in to applications for learning like Blogger.
I know the web can be a scary place to let your kids access, but I think with a partnership of monitoring from both parents and myself your kids will be safe. Not only that, but the learning opportunities that the web provides are pretty exciting and many of them didn’t exist even a couple years ago.
So basically, what I’m looking for is permission. If it’s okay with you that we take some time in class to sign your child up for an email account, please just email me and let me know. If you have misgivings, that is completely understandable and I’d love the chance to talk to you about it. If you really just aren’t ready for this step yet, I understand and other assignments can be created.
Thank you all so much for raising such amazing kids. I can’t wait to see them get even more excited about learning.
- Mr. Swedberg