Touch wood, a force-refresh seems to be successful at bringing back Gravatars at the moment. As you probably know they’ve been having problems the past week or two and we’ve all be subject to ugly black or grey boxes, but things seem to be looking up at last.
Talking of weblogs – I heard today through MSN that someone had been attacked on the way to our school (not by another student or anyone they knew, I understand.) It was a nasty shock, and I hope they’re all right. It actually got me wondering how news like this filters through various communication networks. By the time it reaches you, you have no idea how accurate the details are. The truth will normally come out through the school, but that’s days later in an assembly or newsletter if at all.
Wouldn’t it be good for schools to interact with students more online? Could there be a Queens Park weblog? And it doesn’t just have to be for the rare occasions like this – schools are full of bits of information that could be gathered in one place and discussed online. I mean, it’s 2005 and we’re still using School Councils, noticeboards and Friday newsletters? Why can’t I subscribe to an RSS feed of all this? Why isn’t there a podcast of Governors’ meetings? (OK, maybe that is going too far).
School websites at the moment seem to be very static, circa-2000 sites such as this calendar. As usual, I think they’ll catch up, but it could be a while.