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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Ahead of the curve

In the next few days, the number of hits on this site is likely to top 3,000. As you read the next several posts, you will see a common theme--that of celebrating quality in our school system. Celebrating quality is one of two reasons this blog was established, with the other reason being having a 21st century tool for keeping an entire school system up-to-date on information which impacts them. This week alone, 91 different people have been here to catch up on the latest. Eleven were visiting for the very first time. While most of those visiting here are employees of our school systems, recent visitors to this site are also from Tucson, Los Angeles, and Reston (Virginia). Recent visits to TalladegaCitySchools.blogspot.com have come from Alberta (Canada), Italy, Carbondale (Illinois) in addition to a host of hits from right here in Talladega.

Blogs have been around for a few years now, and like so many other ideas, started somewhere else and then begin to work their way into education. On this one, we are ahead of the curve. Let me give you a concrete example. I received an e-mail within the last couple of days regarding an initiative to start 100 Principal Blogs in 100 Days. Posted in conjunction with the site is an ongoing list of how many principals have signed on to this project. They also have listed blogs they know of that are already being maintained by principals around the country. At the writing of this post, that list numbers 11. That averages just a little over 1 for every 5 states. One of the 11, one is a school that should look very familiar. That list can be seen here.

Taking a few minutes to snap a digital picture and write a paragraph capture a memorable moment in the life of a school and allow it to be share--very literally--half way around the world.


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