Please remember to keep your Forestry and Rail Transport blog up-to-date by posting at least once each week. Your blog can be an excellent resource for your students as well as educators and students in other locations. Your blog entries can contain information on the forest products or rail industries that you have learned from the presentations, guest speakers or your reading. You can summarize things that you learned from viewing the DVDs that you have been given or from the books and other print materials.
Another great way to use your blog is to post thought provoking questions for your students. You can ask them to describe why Shay, Climax and Heisler locomotives could ascend steep slopes that rod locomotives could not. What are the advantages and disadvantages of rod and geared locomotives for different situations? What major changes have taken place in the climax forests of West Virginia since the late 1800s and what factors influenced these changes?
The blogs that were produced by the coal project participants are in wide use throughout the state and across the country. Those blogs are excellent documentation of the coal project and are great resources for teachers and students as well as individuals who are interested in coal.
Let’s make the blogs for the current project on Forestry and Rail Transport even better than last year’s blogs.