COMMUNICATION IS KEY!!!
A variety of ways to inform parents...
Tools for Parent Communication
- Google Forms – Collecting information from parents is necessary. You may find that the traditional form you send home doesn’t get returned, is illegible, or gets lost in transit. Google Forms allows you to collect information electronically to avoid those problems.
- ClassDojo – Designed for elementary students, this is a great tool to help students monitor their behavior throughout the day/week. As the teacher, you can create an account and then generate a unique code for each student that allows his or her parents to connect and monitor their child’s behavior any time. Children get to create an avatar for themselves, personalizing the process.
- Google Hangouts – Many parents want to be available to support the teacher but may lack transportation or time to visit the campus for face-to-face visits. Google Hangouts to the rescue! This is a quick way to have virtual office hours or an online open house that lets parents “visit” you without dealing with some of the barriers that may prevent them from being there. Google Hangouts on Air will record your meeting in case you want to share it later or have it available beyond just that time. Since this tool is open to anyone jumping into the conversation, be aware of your topic; conversations about specific students and data should be handled in a more private and secure manner.
Tackk is a ridiculously simple content creation tool that makes creating a one-pager on the web easy as typing an email. Even easier? Sharing it across nine social networks when you're done. Tackk was created to empower anyone to create great-looking web content, without needing special design or technical skills.
Use the Email page to send email to students you teach and/or their guardians. You can email an individual, a set of individuals, an entire class, or all classes you are responsible for. You can also enter additional email addresses and attach files. Each recipient will receive a separate email which lists only their address and the sender's email address.
*Sign up in seconds to send mobile messages to your class.
*Teachers never see students’ phone numbers, and students never see theirs.
*Save time and strengthen connections with simple and fast one-way messaging.
*Use Remind for free on any device. No classroom changes required.
*Teachers can view and download their entire message history for each class.
*Personalize class communication with Voice Clips! Download the app to record and send quick voice messages to your class.
*Standard text messaging rates apply to those receiving messages, based off of each individual's messaging plan and cell phone carrier, but there are no added costs. In other words, a Remind message is exactly the same as getting a text message from a friend.
For educators who want to communicate with parents without sharing their personal cell number, Remind is a great solution. Formerly Remind101, this tool lets parents and students join a list to receive your texts. You can have up to 10 classes for free with each generating a unique code. Share the code(s) with the specific groups of students/parents to let them join the appropriate list(s). The nice thing is that you don’t see their phone numbers and they don’t see yours; Remind acts as a middleman to protect both sides. This is a wonderful way to remind students and their parents about upcoming project deadlines, field trips, class events, and more.
Posting websites, calendars, homework and more.
Having a paperless or almost paperless classroom that is integrated with your curriculum can be a life saver for you as an educator, students and for parents.
**There are specific Summer PD sessions on using Google Classroom.
Edmodo will allow you to create assignments, quizzes, and polls. It also offers a place for students to share information for online discussions in class, and turn in assignments digitally.