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12 Apps For Smarter Teacher-Parent Communication

schoolcircle-parent-teacher-communication-app12 Apps For Smarter Teacher-Parent Communication

by TeachThought Staff

This content was commissioned by SchoolCircle, an app designed for smarter parent-teacher communication. SchoolCircle is doing a $5000 school giveaway–find more info here.

Teacher-parent communication is, ideally, a two-way street.

It is best thought of in terms of purpose:

Why do teachers and parents need to talk?

How can learning experiences be designed that require that interaction?

What systems can be put in place to respond when the communication–for whatever reason–doesn’t happen?

Apps and technology are secondary in terms of design, but once that curriculum–and those learning models–are in place to really benefit from close parent-teacher communication, then apps like the following can come in handy.

5 Adjustments To Make When Communicating With Parents Online

Communicating with parents online–through apps, social media, text, etc.–requires a few adjustments on your part, including:

1. Be careful use of tone–nothing that can be misinterpreted, especially snark and sarcasm.

2. Use clear and concise language.

3. Positive communication should be more frequent than other.

4. Consider more diverse function–celebration of learning, communication of needs, and so on.

5. Know your audience. Watch what is shared when, and with whom. This is probably obvious enough, but don’t share student info X with parent Y.

See Ten Tips To Connect With Parents Via Social Media for further reading.

12 Apps For Smarter Teacher-Parent Communication