"Parents had been asking their children, 'What did you do in school today?' and they always heard back, 'Nothing,'" Kathleen Eveleigh told Education World. "Now they have a lot of information to talk to their children about."
"I didn't want to do just the minimum," explained Eveleigh. "I was more interested in making my Web site both interesting and meaningful for the parents and the children. I heard that other teachers were putting a few things about each day on their sites, and that sounded like the way to go for me. I already did a community circle at the end of the day to talk about what happened during the day, so this was taking it a step further and doing it on the computer."
Eveleigh has kept the project simple so it's easy to manage and complete everyday. She varies the experience to maintain student interest and make it fun.
The children love the daily update. They often receive e-mail from members of their extended families and visitors to the Web site, and they use that as an opportunity to learn about other places in the United States and around the world. Parents seem to get the most out of the opportunity to communicate with their children about specific classroom activities each day, however. (A Bell South grant makes it possible for Eveleigh's school to place a computer in every home, so no one is without a computer and Web access.)
Eveleigh added, "I am thrilled with how this activity gives me a very special connection with my student's families -- even my Mom reads our update every day!"