Comunication! Communication! Communication!
A partnership between parents and the school is of vital importance to the success of a child’s education.
Here is what I would like for my own children:-
- to become independent, self confident and motivated learners and citizens
- take responsibility for their learning
- be life long learners
- experience a range of learning activities
- take appropriate risks but learn from experience
- enjoy learning about other cultures and be appreciative of different ways
- be successful in life both within, outside of and beyond school
- be safe at all times from predators and other dangers
……but not just for my own children but those who I teach as well.
Parents want the best for their child, most want them to be skilled in using technology but many are concerned about online safety, potential predators and are personally not confident with technology. Keeping this in mind, it is crucial that communication is maintained with parents. From personal experience, the more informed parents are, the more enthusiastic and more involved they become in the school, class or student blogs and child’s education. See parent involvement helps in child’s education.
As such here are some points to be kept in mind when using a class blog or individual student blogs:-
- the age of the children
- the age of the parents
- the technical ability of the parents
- the different means of communicating to parents
- the best ways to communicate to parents
- what MUST they know
- what is useful to know etc
- how can they become involved in blogging etc
- how to calculate some of the above
This is the fourth activity in the “30 days to get your students blogging” series.
a. Read the beginner’s challenge on Parents Connect with Your Class Blog
b. Write a post on one of the following:-
- 5-10 ways in which a parent can get involved in a class/student blog
- 10 things parents need to know about class/student blogs
- Tips for Parents on monitoring a student blog
- Tips for coaxing reluctant parents
- Each class blog, should have a page(s) devoted to parents. Discuss the validity of this statement and what content might appear on this page.
This could be in the form of a letter, presentation, poster, prezi embedded into the post etc.
c. When the post is completed, add the url back as a comment on this blog post.
d. Add the hashtag #ebshare #ksyb
Set up a parent page on your class blog, add and continue to add, appropriate content.
Are you a parent as well as an educationalist? What do you want from your child’s education? How do you see blogging from a class or individual student perspective?