"Almost every parent is familiar with the'nothing' response to the question: 'What did you learn in schooltoday?' Now a parent can say, 'I saw on your classroom web site thatyou are learning about shapes and the project you made. It lookedgreat! Tell me more about it!' A web site changes the conversation athome." --Maurice Draggon, first-grade teacher, Sadler Elementary School

Should school districts allow their teachers to have their own blogsand podcasts hosted on the district's web site? It's a question thatmany school systems, both large and small, have grappled with.

On the one hand, these digital-age communications tools

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