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Communicating Online With Parents

Chris Heim Grade 2 homeroom teacher from Washington, DC area

Hi All,

I'm a Grade 2 homeroom teacher who, for years, has communicated classroom activities via a detailed monthly newsletter. In recent years, of course, I've gone green and begun e-mailing it out. However, I'm thinking it's time to start communicating online somehow. Twitter won't work as far as being spontaneous, because anything we send home requires admin. review and, thus, a 24-hour advanced notice for said review to take place. (Plus, I'm not sure how many parents actually pay attention to Twitter...) What online platform(s) do you use to communicate with parents about what is going on in the classroom? I'm thinking of some way to share about curriculum, special events and needs, maybe some photos and/or video, etc. But I don't want something exceedingly difficult or time-consuming (in addition to being a classroom teacher, I'm also a parent to a young child!) Thanks for any suggestions you can share.

Chris

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5th grade teacher from Chandler, AZ

5th Grade Teacher, Knox Gifted Academy

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Chris, please take the advice from Brett and RaFranz. Use Remind101. For the past two years my parents have overwhelmingly said of all the communication tools I use (FB, Twitter, class web page, emails, etc.), Remind101 was the best.

It's easy to set up. It's easy for others to subscribe to your group. It's safe. It's free. And Brett and the rest of the R101 team are building this tool around the needs of teachers.

Former Math Coach, will be PreK teacher 2013-2014 Fort Worth, Texas

Teacher in Texas

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Our district has a parent portal, but they also offer ed tech training on things like Webly's which is a sort of blog. Then there's Remind 101. Lot's of options, just have to pick what works for you. Best of luck.

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