Collaborize Classroom is a free resource where teachers can “create, share and/or download inquiry-based discussions on any topic.” Teachers can create their own discussion topic or use a discussion topic already created by other teachers. Also, you have the ability to attach documents or media to the conversation thread.
Twitter is a simple and easy way to communicate with parents, students and teachers. Create a unique hashtag for your class and send out a message (remember….it must be 140 characters or less) to the relevant individuals. Embed links in your Tweet to help guide students and parents to classroom announcements, homework assignments or your teaching blog.
This online course from the subscription based Lynda.com is, simply put, awesome. You'll learn how to use different social media platforms to "aid content mastery, increase academic focus, and foster effective classroom debate." Most of all you'll bring better communication to your teaching practice! The ideas to increase communication and collaboration with students are innovative and inspiring!
A free Google Presentation on using social media to communicate with parents and students. The presentation covers "guidelines, suggestions, and possibilities for using blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media for communicating with parents and students." Also, the presentation gives excellent examples to help you get started. Your only a simple click away so check out this informative presentation!
Remind is a simple but incredibly powerful way to communicate with students and parents. The website lets you personalize communication for classes, small groups or individuals by sending messages to any device (including SMS). You can also attach photos, videos and voice clips. Best of all you can set reminders in advance so your messages are sent automatically.
This excellent article puts forth some excellent ideas and strategies to improve your “home-to-school” communication with parents and students via technology. Before deciding what technology tool to utilize with parents you’ll need to analyze your needs, resources and goals. This article provides an excellent framework to make the right choice when it comes to communication tools. Additionally, you’ll discover the technology tools available to you for both one and two way communications.