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Parent Communication

As we venture into teaching writing in authentic ways, it is important to communicate with parents our teaching decisions. When using technology in writing and reading workshops, communication with parents becomes imperative.

When Christi began tweeting, she communicated this addition to their learning with parents. She also encouraged parents to follow their tweets and to create their own Twitter accounts and talk with the class throughout the day. Several parents are now following and tweeting with their children during the school day.

Today, Christi is sending this note home with her students. Not only are they tweeting, but they are also blogging. This table shares with parents the key concepts, as well as the rationale behind Twitter and Blogger in her classroom. Christi has generously agreed to share it in case you would like to use it to communicate with your students’ families also. (If you click on the image you can view it more clearly.) Feel free to leave Christi a note in the comments.

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  1. I think that many schools are struggling with how to integrate these types of technology in meaningful ways–not just using technology because it’s available. There’s also the challenge of helping school personnel and parents understand how it can be safe and appropriate for students, as well as a wonderful way for teachers to communicate what’s happening in the classroom.
    I love that teachers like Christi are willing to share their experiences and that this blog is highlighting how teachers are effectively using new technologies as tools for instruction and learning. It gives the rest of us a vision of what might be.


  2. Our school board is gradually moving to all schools being open schools (I know this isn’t the correct term but it will do for now) in the sense that kids are able to bring in their I-Pods, computers, cell phones, etc for use in class. This is at all levels of education. In our elementary school we are grappling with what this means and with the fact that many of us are digital immigrants and are resistant to using these more social type of technologies in our classrooms. This post and the note re tweeting and blogging is excellent. I have saved is to use with my parents. The link in the note is also helpful. I have my own blog and attempted blogging last year with my students through our D2L secure site but it didn’t work the way I wanted it to. I will try again this year as it has been updated to be more user friendly, or so I hear.


  3. We are not allowed to blog, tweet, use facebook, or chatboards in our district, either. I would love to use this technology in this specific way, but I can see potential problems with students tweeting during the school day. However, if students’ blogging could be limited to posts during ELA class only, then students could invite parents to participate in their growing literacy!


  4. I have started blogging to inform parents about aspects of literacy in our school (I’m a lit specialist). I currently have ten subscribers and are thrilled. Parents love information about what is happening in the classroom. It does take some time for the news to get out though. I haven’t been particularly good at promoting my site but now realize that that’s exactly what I should be doing!


  5. I’ve been advertising out class Twitter, Blog, and Facebook since August but not one parent has subscribed. 😦 That’s sad; however, I think they would be more interested if they saw it as the kids communicating instead of the teacher. Thanks for the ideas! Your blog is a constant source of inspiration and I’m always recommending it.


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