Communicating effectively with parents and students is important in order to be successful at teaching. Studies have shown that parental involvement in a student’s education allows for greater success in the classroom (Duarte, G, Cerda-Perez, E & Rosenberg, G 2007). Technology is beneficial in communicating with students and parents. The use of technology allows for students and parents to have access to current lesson plans as well as access to the teacher after normal school hours. This opens up doorways for the student or parent to ask questions about assignments and class discussions. The uses of classroom websites, e-mails, text messaging and student web sites are just a few examples of technology that is used to communicate with parents and students.
Technology can enhance class communications by offering many different ways to reach parents and students. The use of different technologies can help teachers to answer student questions as well as continue a class discussion outside of class. This is helpful for both the student and teacher because it allows the teacher to see which students are comprehending the material they are learning.
A classroom website allows parents to see what is being taught in the classroom. Also a classroom website is useful in being able to communicate to parents what may be coming up such as fundraisers or class fieldtrips. This will allow for parents to get involved in the classroom activities. As stated before parents that are involved in their students education will have a student that is able to succeed in a school setting. Parents that view school as being important will pass the same view on to the student (Teddlie, C and Stringfield, Sam, 2007).
The use of E-mail for communication is useful in communicating with parents when there is a concern or success with a particular student. E-mails can be a good source of communication because most people are able to check their e-mails throughout the day making them a convenient way to communicate with others. Likewise e-mails are a beneficial tool for parents to be able to communicate with the teacher. E-mail can also be used to remind students of upcoming tests or projects.
Text messaging can also be a convenient way to reach parents. Many parents work and may find it difficult to be able to answer a phone call. Text messaging allows parents to respond quickly to a question or concern. Parents are also more likely to ask a teacher a question if they have multiple ways to reach her.
Student web sites can offer students access to class assignments and notes that were taken in class. ...