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I’m back and … email!

Posted by sarahelliott on August 21, 2009

Hi, I know it’s been a long, long time. The summer (here in Norway) has flown by and suddenly I find myself a month into my new module on my Masters. Well, actually, that’s not strictly true, the module has existed for about a month, but I only got back from my travels less 11 days ago, so I’m rather behind…

However, I was reading chapter 2 from Herring’s The Internet and Information Skills, a guide for teachers and school librarians when I was hit by the quotation by Ictadvice (2003) on p. 23 about the advantages of e-mail. I am a massive fan of e-mail, it is such a quick and easy way to connect and communicate with people on both a personal and professional basis. More often than not it is easier than phoning certain people, as you don’t have to organise a mutually available time and of course you can send so much more information than in a text, plus when the information is in a written format, people can refer back to exactly what it was that you were discussing and not forget to follow things up…

Well, that’s how I see e-mail anyhow. But, I am one of those people that Herring refers to who finds it frustrating when other members of staff don’t use e-mail as effectively… To be honest, I find it incredibly, almost painfully frustrating. I just don’t understand how teachers today, educationalists in the 21st Century, are unable to use e-mail efficiently. I would add that teachers should not only be expected to check their e-mail at least once a day, but that they should also be expected to respond to e-mails!

I would love to suggest the use of listservs to my colleagues as a means for them to connect to the greater world of teaching, but I’m not sure that they would ever read listserv e-mails…

Anyhow, as you can tell, this is something that I feel quite strongly about. We all need to move with the times, we all have the skills to e-mail, so let’s put that into action and use those skills to benefit our teaching and our students’ learning!


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