In 2007 something wondeful happened - despite many doubters and those who would not participate for whatever reason, the Room5ians managed to take part in a highly successful educational activity - blogging.
Our finest bloggers will no doubt contribute here this year as well [in fact some have already], acting as role models for the new Room5ians who will need to follow their advice and examples to live up to the high standard of academic excellence. To be honest, some of the original Room5ians could even teach other teachers a thing or two about how to engage, extend and motivate 21st Century learners in an ICT integrated learning environment.
One of the key successes I believe is that a community of learning developed independently of school expectations where students could initiate topics, question logic, display research findings and generally have fun continuing their own learning outside of school.
A key factor for success was to treat each other and the blog as a learning tool - not a social one - and use it RESPECTFULLY. Failure to do so results in a loss of ICT privileges.
What else could former Room5ians say about the blog, why it is successful and how to keep it positive?