Family Tech Night

Last week Mrs. Adair, Mrs. Higgins and Mrs. Hembree hosted our first ever Bulldog Family Tech Night!


Families had the opportunity to use the Netbooks at Tech Night!

 To keep a completely technology format AND to save paper, all invitations and reservation confirmations were delivered via email. Then on our Tech Night families came to the library to learn about educational blogging.

Educational benefits of classroom blogging

After we talked about how blogging helps students academically, we watched Mr. Avery’s Fraction video that he made last year. This is an excellent example of how technology can enhance learning. Mr. Avery is a 6th grade teacher in Plympton, MA. You can view his fraction video here.

Then it was time to learn about the blogs we have here at school. We have 7 active classroom blogs and more on the way. We reviewed the rules for making comments on a blog.

Posts and comments are like peanut butter and jelly. Both are okay by themselves, but much better served together!

Learning how to fill in the boxes when submitting a comment.

 Commenting on the blog is easy and fun! It’s just like writing a friendly letter. The key is to compliment and use your best digital etiquette. Our audience is world-wide!

 The Bulldog Readers are urged to spend time with their families at home writing comments. It’s a great way to learn new skills and spend quality time together.

Remember to copy your comment before you submit!

How do you keep up with the blogs?  An easy way to keep up with any of the blogs is to subscribe via email or RSS feed. Then every time there is a new post, an email is generated and goes directly to your email. It keeps you updated, without having to waste time looking to see if there is a new post. Look on the sidebar for Subscribe by email to enroll.

If you weren’t able to attend this Family Tech Night, don’t worry! We will host another one in the winter months.

In the meantime, if you would like more information about blogging, Kathleen Morris and Kelly Jorndan, two teachers in Victoria, Australia, and moderators of the 2KM and 2KJ blog have made a wonderful video about blogging with their second grade classes. I highly recommend you take time to watch this at home.

In addition, Mrs. Yollis’s third grade class in the Los Angeles area has also made a great video explaining how to make a comment. You can view that video here.


What did you think about our Family Tech Night?
Have you ever left a comment on another blog?
How do you use technology at home?
Leave us a comment and let us know!
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10 thoughts on “Family Tech Night

  1. Hi Bulldog Readers,

    Well done Mrs Hembree for organising this terrific event!

    I hope all the parents and students enjoyed being a part of your Family Tech Night. It looked like the event was full of fun and learning.

    Thank you so much for the mention to our video.

    Kathleen Morris

  2. Hi Mrs Hembree

    Congratulations to you, Mrs. Adair and Mrs. Higgins for facilitating your Family Tech Night! How exciting! You have provided a wonderful opportunity for parents to learn more about the power of blogging and how they can assist their children and also be part of the fun too!

    I’m hoping to hold a night like this early next year because we are coming to the end of our school year here in Australia.

    Do the Netbooks belong to the library for students to use in library classes? If so, then I’m very envious!

    Keep up your wonderful work Mrs Hembree…

    Miss Y 🙂

    • Dear Miss Y,
      It would be so nice if I had some carts of Netbooks in the library, but I don’t! I have 10 computers and then the students come with their Netbooks if we need to use them for a lesson!
      I think you would enjoy having a family night when you get back next term! it’s a great way to connect with families and what we do in the library!
      Enjoy your week!
      Mrs. Hembree

  3. Dear Mrs.Hembree,
    So do you have any new babymouse books? So do have at the library Alvin Ho book? Have have bin trick or treating in a rich house and it was great. From Alex. P.s. I did not but squish 2 on hold.

    • Dear Alex,
      Yes, of course we have some new Babymouse books! The Christmas one is here! We have 2 copies that you are welcome to check out. The next books won’t be out until next spring. Of course, if you like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, the new one Cabin Fever will be out on November 15th.
      Mrs. Hembree

  4. Dear Mrs Hembree,

    Yes, well done I really feel this is a wonderful way to inform family members all about the wonderful world of blogging.

    From viewing your photos you had a wonderful turn out which is wonderful to see.

    Blogging is such a wonderful way for us all to grow and learn from each other.
    All you really need is to jump on board the blogging train and off you go!

    From your pal down under,

    • Dear AA,
      If anyone knows how easy it is to jump on the blogging train as a parent – that’s YOU! You are the BEST blogging parent I know, and we haven’t even met in person. Perhaps someday we will Skype and “meet” each other! I think that would be fun!
      Enjoy your day! It’s getting cold here and we move into November!
      Mrs. Hembree

  5. Dear Mrs. Hembree,
    This looks really cool. But we don”t have anything like this at our school. Is it like your students and their parents come in or what do they do?


    • HI Evan,
      Thanks for visiting our school blog and leaving a comment! We love new visitors.

      Our families came to our tech night to learn how to use the blog and make comments. We have never done this before, so it was new to us too. We got the idea from our blogging buddies in other schools who hold family tech nights.

      I hope you will visit again soon. Is your school located in the US or somewhere else?

      Mrs. Hembree

  6. Dear Mrs. Hembree,

    It looks like everything was a great success. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy watching one of the great shows of the past, The Avery Bunch? 🙂

    I think having a Family Tech Night is great because of a lot of the parents aren’t quite sure what it’s all about. Being able to share this with them gets them involved.

    Your blog is coming along amazingly this year. I always enjoy reading it!

    Mr. Avery

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