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Communicating with parents in the digital world

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This post was written by Erin Dye, a ClassDojo Thought Partner who works in professional development at Green Light Learning





Gone are the days when you only had access to parents via one-way monthly newsletters or twice-a-year parent teacher conferences. Thanks to technology you can easily keep in touch with your students’ parents all year-round.


Here are some tips to get your communicating with parents in the digital world: 





Keep a Class Blog


Rather than sending home a monthly or weekly newsletter to parents that might never make it out of the bottom of your students’ backpacks, try starting a class blog. Set a schedule for posting and share that schedule with parents. Allow moderated comments on the posts to get parents involved with the classroom.


Have your students do most of the blogging. Assign one student a week to be the class chronicler. Have that student take photos, record interviews with other students, and summarize what the class learned. Weebly is an easy platform for students of all ages to use.     


Get your class blog linked to your school’s homepage to show all the exciting work your class is doing!


Use a Messaging Service


Sending individual texts or emails to parents is time consuming and not very private. Let a messaging service, such as ClassDojo Messenger, do all the work for you. Once students and parents opt into the system, it allows you to easily send text message blasts to update all parents at once, or you can privately message them to keep them up-to-date on their child’s progress. You don’t see their phone numbers and they don’t see yours. This is a great option for families who may not have home Internet but do have smartphones.


Set Up a Class Social Media Account


If parents don’t want to have their phones buzzing all the time, consider starting a class Twitter account or Facebook page. You can use the page to share updates, photos, and links to student work. If your students are under 13, be sure to set the account to private. To view the page, all parents will need to have Twitter or Facebook accounts (many of them probably already do). Before setting up any class social media accounts, review your school’s Privacy Policy and check with administrators.


Make Parents Feel Welcome


Let parents know that your classroom is a welcome space for them. Consider inviting parents to your classroom on days when students are giving presentations or sharing projects. Working parents can use Skype or Google Hangouts to visit virtually.

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For beginners, many good suggestions are offered to optimize communication.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 3, 2014 7:03 AM

Use of social media is important, but the key is good choices and uses. One so-called expert, who spent little time in the classroom, suggests Twitter is a great tool to report learning results to parents. It has never been clear how 140 characters will accomplish that. It is important to use social media and other tools artfully.

 

The key takeaway is letting parents know the classroom environment is welcoming. I took it a step further and invited parents into classroom and provided meaningful ways for them to engage when there.

 

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Audrey Menard's curator insight, August 3, 2014 5:20 PM

Great ideas!

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Piketty findings undercut by errors - FT.com

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Thomas Piketty’s book, ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’, has been the publishing sensation of the year. Its thesis of rising inequality tapped into the zeitgeist and electrified the post-financial crisis public policy debate. But, according to

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How much personal opinion is attributed to such polarizing statements? The practice of pure economics is hard to find.

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Africa’s mobile boom powers innovation economy

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Innovation is happening all over Africa in all different sectors, from education to energy, banking to agriculture. "


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Geoff Riley's curator insight, July 29, 2014 7:33 AM

A hugely positive report which celebrates the impact of mobile technology as a driver of business innovation and growth in Africa. Staple fare but important nonetheless for #econ4 students

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Pronunciation: Voiceless TH sound

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If you do not know a sound, your brain filters it out when you hear someone using it. That is why it is crucial to teach sounds that do not exist in students' mother tongue. Moreover, Adrian Tennant a...

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A great tool for special education teachers and teachers in general.

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Kathy Stamos's curator insight, August 6, 2014 7:34 PM

This is a sound that many students struggle with.  This is a good description of the sound's production and some practice activities.

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This brings a number of possibilities to classroom learning.

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Kentucky Department of Education : Kentucky Core Academic Standards - NEW

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NEED TO ALWAYS HAVE THESE.... LESSON PLANS 101

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Africa's McTipping Point?

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Three quarters of a century since the opening of the first McDonald’s, the fast food chain operates around 34,000 outfits in around 120 countries and territories across all continents. In Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), however, – a region of 48 countries and almost a billion people - only South Africa and Mauritius have been able to attract this global food chain.  


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Explore the Report: Adding Up the Benefits of Climate Action

Discover the benefits of a series of climate-smart development policies in lives saved, jobs created, energy demand reduced, and increased GDP.

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Change moves soooo slowly.

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5 Great Ways to Use Google Forms - Edudemic

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One of my favorite features of Google Drive is Google Forms. If you’re unfamiliar with this, think of it as a way to create quick surveys that can be used for a number of applications. Google automatically aggregates this data into a Google Spreadsheet, making forms a great way to quickly collect and share information. …

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another great tool to expedite the sharing of student progress with parents as well as numerous other applications.

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Communicating with parents in the digital world

Communicating with parents in the digital world | cole-saner edu204 | Scoop.it
This post was written by Erin Dye, a ClassDojo Thought Partner who works in professional development at Green Light Learning





Gone are the days when you only had access to parents via one-way monthly newsletters or twice-a-year parent teacher conferences. Thanks to technology you can easily keep in touch with your students’ parents all year-round.


Here are some tips to get your communicating with parents in the digital world: 





Keep a Class Blog


Rather than sending home a monthly or weekly newsletter to parents that might never make it out of the bottom of your students’ backpacks, try starting a class blog. Set a schedule for posting and share that schedule with parents. Allow moderated comments on the posts to get parents involved with the classroom.


Have your students do most of the blogging. Assign one student a week to be the class chronicler. Have that student take photos, record interviews with other students, and summarize what the class learned. Weebly is an easy platform for students of all ages to use.     


Get your class blog linked to your school’s homepage to show all the exciting work your class is doing!


Use a Messaging Service


Sending individual texts or emails to parents is time consuming and not very private. Let a messaging service, such as ClassDojo Messenger, do all the work for you. Once students and parents opt into the system, it allows you to easily send text message blasts to update all parents at once, or you can privately message them to keep them up-to-date on their child’s progress. You don’t see their phone numbers and they don’t see yours. This is a great option for families who may not have home Internet but do have smartphones.


Set Up a Class Social Media Account


If parents don’t want to have their phones buzzing all the time, consider starting a class Twitter account or Facebook page. You can use the page to share updates, photos, and links to student work. If your students are under 13, be sure to set the account to private. To view the page, all parents will need to have Twitter or Facebook accounts (many of them probably already do). Before setting up any class social media accounts, review your school’s Privacy Policy and check with administrators.


Make Parents Feel Welcome


Let parents know that your classroom is a welcome space for them. Consider inviting parents to your classroom on days when students are giving presentations or sharing projects. Working parents can use Skype or Google Hangouts to visit virtually.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
Colette Cole-Saner's insight:

For beginners, many good suggestions are offered to optimize communication.

more...
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 3, 2014 7:03 AM

Use of social media is important, but the key is good choices and uses. One so-called expert, who spent little time in the classroom, suggests Twitter is a great tool to report learning results to parents. It has never been clear how 140 characters will accomplish that. It is important to use social media and other tools artfully.

 

The key takeaway is letting parents know the classroom environment is welcoming. I took it a step further and invited parents into classroom and provided meaningful ways for them to engage when there.

 

@ivon_ehd1

Audrey Menard's curator insight, August 3, 2014 5:20 PM

Great ideas!