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Communicating with parents in the digital world

Communicating with parents in the digital world | Educating in a digital world | 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.

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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.

 

@ivon_ehd1

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

Great ideas!

Colette Cole-Saner's curator insight, August 4, 2014 9:53 AM

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

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Teaching With Infographics | A Student Project Model

Teaching With Infographics | A Student Project Model | Educating in a digital world | Scoop.it
In our final post of Infographics Week, a history teacher tells how she used the Gulf oil spill to have students create infographics about the worst disasters in American history.

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David Baker's curator insight, September 29, 2013 6:40 PM

This was a great project for our teachers last year.  We are posting their info graphics outside out Office of Professional Development.  

Gayle Kakac's curator insight, September 30, 2013 8:10 PM

Been loving infographics and looking for a good way to incorporate these.  Hoping for an app that would make them easily.  We'll see what this has to say...

harish magan's comment, October 1, 2013 2:55 AM
I know that use of Infographics in any student project can improve their results.
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Wonder - How Do We Bring it Back?

Wonder - How Do We Bring it Back? | Educating in a digital world | Scoop.it
Cultural anthropologist and media ecologist Mike Wesch examines how the internet has changed communication and relationships today.

Mike Wesch, who has a number of viral videos, such as The Machine is Us/ing Us, Information R/evolution and An Anthropological Introduction to You Tube, is currently writing a book about "wonder". Below is a quote from an interview.

"I am working on a book about “wonder”—what it is, how to harness it, how to inspire it, why it is on the decline right now, and how to bring it back. Wonder is both a sense of awe and a capacity for contemplation. More than just curiosity, wonder allows us to see beyond the surface of things, to seek patterns, or even better, to question the patterns we have taken for granted. To wonder is to embrace the possibility that we have it all wrong, that the frameworks around which we have built our view of the world might need to change, that the pillars upon which our worldview sit might need readjusting or be destroyed altogether..."

For more from Mike Wesch click through to the post.


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10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking

10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking | Educating in a digital world | Scoop.it

"One of education’s primary goals is to groom the next generation of little humans to succeed in the 'real world'...

Students must be engaged and cooperation must be practiced, and often. The following team-building games can promote cooperation and communication, help establish a positive classroom environment and — most importantly — provide a fun, much-needed reprieve from routine."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 4, 2013 11:19 PM

Team building exercises are a great way to teach skills and change things up in the classroom. The list of ten seen in the image above are described in the post. Some of the skills learned or reinforced are communication, problem solving, and trust. For more information and to learn how to play the game click through to the post.

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, October 5, 2013 8:40 PM

The more ideas the better.

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Why is Storytelling so Powerful? A Look at What it does to our Brain

Why is Storytelling so Powerful? A Look at What it does to our Brain | Educating in a digital world | Scoop.it
Storytelling is one of the most overused and underused techniques at the same time. In this post, we are revealing what storytelling does to our brains.

Long before we had writing as we know it there has been an oral tradition of storytelling. This post looks at the science around storytelling.

Learn about how a story "can put your whole brain to work" and why "our brains become more active when we tell stories." Find out why the brain "learns to ignore certain overused words and phrases" and much more. If you enjoy telling stories, writing stories, or listening to stories check out this post to learn more!

 


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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, July 10, 2013 5:22 PM

Excellent!

44Doors's curator insight, March 11, 2014 10:27 AM

"Anything you’ve experienced, you can get others to experience the same. Or at least, get their brain areas that you’ve activated that way, active too:"

 

"use simple, yet heartfelt language."

"Quick last fact: Our brain learns to ignore certain overused words and phrases that used to make stories awesome"

Art Jones's curator insight, October 28, 2014 5:50 PM

"our brains become more active when we tell stories."