8 Tips to Strengthen Parent Involvement With Digital Tools (EdTech)
Teachers and administrators at K–12 schools recognize the positive impact of parent engagement on student achievement, so many schools and districts now leverage technology to power better and more meaningful relationships with parents and families.
Educational research group Pearson reports that there’s increasing awareness and recognition among teachers and administrators that traditional parent-teacher conferences yield limited results, particularly for traditionally marginalized student populations. Pearson offers eight points that specify how digital tools can improve parent engagement:
1. Expand Your Classroom Communications Toolbox
Websites, emails, e-newsletters, specialized apps and other digital media let parents see the work their students do in class. These tools help extend learning beyond the classroom and give parents enrichment tips and ideas for learning activities they can do at home.
2. Take Care of the Routine Matters
Technology lets schools and teachers more easily communicate about day-to-day school events, such as back-to-school nights, fundraisers and science fairs. Apps such as Remind are great for this and parents will appreciate being more connected.
3. Bring Parents In Through Video Conferencing
Google Hangout, Skype and FaceTime let parents participate in class activities while being in a remote location. With many parents working, on travel away from the office or with other children at home it’s often hard to come to the school, so videoconference tools come in handy.