Family Perspectives on Teacher Communication Through Technology
Abstract: As technology changes, it is important for both teachers and families to adapt in order to most effectively aid in students’ educational and social success. Families and teachers place high importance and value in utilizing technology to communicate information. However, there is a discrepancy between the two parties in how they view the efficacy of communicating; families believe it is not used enough while teachers found it to be used adequately. Typically, the communication flow when using technology is from the teacher which may feel one directional and strictly for the family’s viewing rather than a meaningful interaction between teacher and family. The motivation behind completing this study is to attempt to bridge the gap between family perceptions of communication and how teachers are attempting to communicate to families by using technology through surveying families of elementary school students.