Tuesday 10 March 2009

Truancy and Early Notification

One of the projects over the last year has been the introduction of early notification to parents of truant students via txt message generated by the absences software. Thinking back to my college days and the odd bunk that may have occurred - had cellphone technology been around I think there may have been a bit of a rethink by the perpetrator if the primary caregiver got a txt messages minutes after the roll identified one as missing from class. What I'm looking forward to next is recieving a message from my kids school when an assembly or sports event is cancelled. Back on topic - any hard evidence that early notification is having impact on truancy?

The need for an Apostrophe?

We've been working on some new advertisements, posters and other marketing material and struck an interesting grammatical situation - the future relevance of the apostrophe? Our neighbours here in the College of Education at Massey engaged us in a literacy lesson or two about the missing apostrophe from our poster but then drew our attention to debate on the necessity of the apostrophe. Yikes! Are we ahead of our time? Unsure about which tense?

Check out these links:
The independent
The telegraph

Monday 9 March 2009

Adjustments to layout

Not being fluent in CSS, my attempts to create a blog design that looks anything near professional are not good.