“Give me a window to my child,” I told my children’s school administrators, “and I will always pay attention!” Use your iPad or smartphone with social media-based approaches to build a window for parents!
Approach #1 – Build a safe online space using a wiki; set one up through a no-cost, ad-free site like Wikispaces.com for K-12. Think of a wiki as a frame for powerful learning and sharing possible in your campus’ nooks and classrooms, a dynamic photo frame.
Approach #2 – Setup a Twitter account. Twitter accounts have an RSS feed, a history of what is shared. You can place that RSS feed into your classroom or campus wiki page to provide on the fly updates.
Approach #3 – Share photos, text, audio of campus life via a no-cost, ad-free e-notebook–Evernote.com. Each teacher can have a notebook where you and they can share. Use a mobile device—iPad, iPhone, Android—to update Evernote. Tools like dlvr.it can auto-post your Notebook content to Twitter (Short visual tutorial – http://goo.gl/NDZpN ). Students can also share for even more parent engagement!
Use social media and make it possible for parents to see, hear, and read about their children, your students.
Note: This is the short 200 word, albeit rejected, version of this longer piece. It didn’t quite fit what the editor needed…sigh.
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