Family Communication in the 21st Century

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Family Communicationfor the 21st Century : 

Family Communicationfor the 21st Century Bobby Kennedy Regis University November 6, 2010 www.mrkennedysclass.com/teachers.html

Slide 2: 

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” - W.B. Yeats

Family Communication BIG Ideas : 

Family Communication BIG Ideas Families WANT to be informed Families are BUSY! You will see better student success if you work WITH families Technology might not make your job easier…

Family E-mails : 

Family E-mails Quick and easy Easy for parents to respond Let families know about free local events “Green” newsletters Not everyone checks e-mail everyday *Keep copies of everything*

Family E-mails #2 : 

Family E-mails #2

Tweet Families! : 

Tweet Families! Very quick, easy updating Add Twitter “widget” application to website, wiki or blog Families can view tweets on their mobile device Not everyone subscribes

Google Calendar : 

Google Calendar Very easy to update Many privacy options Easy customizable Can be added to wiki, blog or webpages Parents use this A TON!

Google Calendar #2 : 

Google Calendar #2

Slide 9: 

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” - Malcolm Forbes

Websites / Wikis : 

Websites / Wikis A “wiki” is a website that allows easy creation and editing of pages No coding experience necessary Simple to use interface Multiple users can access and modify the website as necessary http://msjensenclass-teacherresources.wikispaces.com/

Classroom Blog : 

Classroom Blog Works like an online journal Easy to add to and update Students/parents can leave comments Post links, videos, pictures…

Online Surveys : 

Online Surveys Keep apprised of parent opinions Find out the best time to organize events Gather cultural information from your families to plan classroom celebrations

Other Ideas : 

Other Ideas Google Translator Online grade books Videos/Skype Post PowerPoint online with authorStream FaceBook group?

Keep in Mind… : 

Keep in Mind… Some families won’t have access to technology Many libraries have Internet access Make paper copies of e-mails, tweets and changes to blogs or wikis

Keep in Mind… : 

Keep in Mind… There are no shortcuts!

Safety for Students : 

Safety for Students Use anonymous user names Keep all video/images of students in the classroom or with parents Teach students HOW to be safe using technology Local police can come and discuss these topics with students/families

Questions??Ideas?? : 

Questions??Ideas??

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