Teachers, Students Air Views on Using E-Mail

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Byline: Maura Hardy

At Lake Park High School, students and teachers alike have discovered one of the advantages of technology.

Both are finding that it is useful to be able to contact each other through e-mail.

"I occasionally receive messages from students, usually the day or two before a test or project due date, but sometimes a student will ask a question over e-mail they forgot to ask in class," said teacher Terri Lindenberg. "A couple of times, I've had absent students e-mail to check and see what they missed."

E-mail can be especially helpful to students who are frequently sick and have a hard time keeping up with their assignments. By e-mailing their teachers, students can more easily obtain help and knowledge out of school. And by offering students their e-mail addresses, teachers extend their help beyond the classroom.

At Lake Park, teachers communicate with each other through e-mail and have school e-mail addresses that are not accessible to students. Teachers often provide students with their personal e-mail addresses as a source for information.

E-mail allows students to contact their teachers and receive information without being intrusive.

"I believe teachers should have student-accessible e-mail addresses at school so students can contact them in a pinch without invading the teacher's home life," said Anne Sromek, a senior at Lake Park. …