Alright, so your home school group has mass email and it has a Facebook account; what now? If your group is extremely active—or if you personally are, and you want to tell the world about it—then I suggest you start a blog.
First things first: Let’s get a few semantics out of the way. “Blog” (like many internet-terms) is an abbreviation. It’s short for web log. I know it doesn’t seem like that much trouble to write the letters W and E, but for some reason internet gurus thought better, so the term was shortened. Today, “blog” is the only term you’ll hear thrown around on the net.
Last week, we talked about how to use email—specifically distribution lists—to help you communicate with other home schoolers (and groups of people in general). This week, we’re going to look at how to use Facebook to boost your home school group’s online presence.
The Internet has revolutionized home schooling. As someone who grew up during the ‘90s (yes, I realize that makes some people feel old), I got to see the Internet evolve from little websites run by astronomers and computer geeks into a multi-billion-dollar institution. Once upon a time, reading about something meant going to the local library or cracking open an encyclopedia. Now we have Google, Wikipedia, eHow, Wikihow, and everything else in between. Yes, the Internet has fundamentally changed the amount of information we can access and how we access it.