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New Web feature fosters community connections

By By ANNA M. LEE Managing Editor
The addition of an eBoard to Brewton City Schools' web pages provides a way for students, teachers and administrators to stay in touch, but it also gives the whole community a way to connect with local schools.
Smith hopes that one of those connections will be in the form of community-wide book clubs. By partnering with the Brewton Public Library, Brewton City Schools' eBoard can be used as a forum for book discussions and guided reading exercises. Church groups and other organizations could also tke advantage of the site's features to stay connected.
The eBoard also allows teachers in the Brewton City School system to have their own web pages where they can upload pictures, course outlines, PowerPoint presentations, assignments and calendars for students to access when they are away from school.
If a student misses class, or forgets a homework assignment, the information is available on the Web for them to access from home. There's also the potential for students and teachers to communicate through discussions of class material.
And teachers and administrators can have contact through the Web site in a time when it's increasingly difficult for many people to coordinate their schedules for face-to-face meetings.
The site can be used for professional development, new teacher induction and mentoring, Smith said. For example, a journal article or discussion topic could be posted to the site and then teachers can access and discuss the material at their own convenience.
To check out the eBoards or teacher web pages for Brewton City Schools, visit www.brewtoncityschools.org.