"I sent that home already": Using Technology to the Bridge the Communication Gap Between the Classroom and Home

ID: 52124 Type: Roundtable
  1. Alexandra Pacheco, Martinique Eaddie, and Ashley Plassard, The College of Wooster, United States
  2. Alison Schmidt, College of Wooster, United States
  3. Megan Wereley, The College of Wooster, United States

Wednesday, March 28 10:15 AM-11:15 AM Location: Edison Ballroom D View on map

Presider: Elizabeth Dalton, URI; Dalton Ed Services International, United States

Abstract: How many times has a parent or guardian heard a teacher say, "I already sent that home," yet that important flyer or announcement just never made it into a backpack or onto the kitchen table? In an age of increasingly helpful technology tools, educators should be able to effectively partner with parents and caregivers to ensure that students experience success and develop literacy How do we presently communicate with parents, guardians, and/or caregivers and what can we do and what tools can we use to improve this communication? And, what do we already know about existing techologies and the ways these can be used that might provide some strategies and methods for communicating more efficiently and quickly with parents, guardians, or caregivers of young students? In this presentation, the presenters will address these questions and particants will have opportunities to interact with three types of technology that can help educators achieve faster, and more effective and efficient communication Ultimately, instead of saying, "I already sent that home", the teacher is actively engaged in discussions raised using these electronic tools with the parents or caregivers

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