Today's parents like a different kind of communication. Student videos. Some information and not others. Mike Daugherty, a Director of Technology in Ohio, has been studying this topic and experimenting for the last several years to find optimal ways to communicate with today's parents. Today, he shares what he has learned.
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Director of Technology, Ohio
Mike Daugherty is a husband, father, author, technology director, Google Innovator, and possible Starbucks addict. He has eighteen years of experience in K-12 technology support serving in a wide variety of roles.
Currently, he is the Director of Technology for the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School district where he and his team have implemented a highly successful 1:1 Chromebook initiative.
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I really enjoyed this podcast. Some of my favorite points you covered were about involving the parents more into their child’s education. I totally agree with you that when parents ask their children HOW their day was, most of them usually don’t share what they did at school. However, if parents ask them what they did, then they are more apt to share some activities or subjects they learned about at school.
I liked how you talked about how teachers should share pictures and videos with the parents. I was in a classroom observing a teacher for a semester, and noticed that she had a Facebook page about her classroom. This, I thought, was a good way for the parents to see what their children are doing and connect with the teacher. She has very good relationships with her students and their parents. This could be one of the many reasons why the relationships she has with her students and their parents is so amazing.
I thought the browsing history topic was interesting. I would have never even thought about looking at that, let alone bringing it up in a conference. I do think that is a good way of showing the parents that their child does not stay on task. Also, it can work the other way and show the parents that their child does a great job of staying on task.
Finally, when you talked about the tools that students use in the classroom (kahoot, google docs, etc) and how students should bring those tools home. I, as a student, grew up playing kahoot in middle and high school. I also, have used google docs since middle school. These tools and websites should be shared with parents because they are so useful and can help expand the knowledge of the parents as well. Also, if the child ever needs help with something, and it is on one of these websites/tools, the parent can potentially help their child. I think it is important, not only for the knowledge of students, to know how to use websites/tools but for the knowledge of the students parents. Parents knowing how to use websites/tools can really help a student with their learning when a teacher is not around.
I think this podcast helped me learn some future tips for when I become an educator.