Should schools leverage mobile device use when engaging with parents?
In today’s society, it’s common for parents of K-12 students to have been brought up with the Internet and cell phones at their fingertips. Because of this, it’s unsurprising that they take a more technological approach to go beyond the parent-teacher conference. In fact, many parents indicate that they favor email and text messages from schools for information on their children.
Recent reports found that parents could find communications through texting and emailing to be convenient, personal, and quick, especially since most parents own a smartphone. In addition to wanting convenient digital communications, researchers also found that parents want to leverage digital tools at home in other ways.
The four areas that parents want to know more about regarding their child’s education include:
- How to work with teachers to maximize learning
- Types of technology and workplace skills their child is learning
- App recommendations to enhance learning at home
- Other technology recommendations to support learning at home
Some schools have embraced apps such as ClassDojo and Remind to help parents and older students to manage their assignments, feedback, and communications on school activities and policies. Not only can these apps encourage the parent to play an active role in their child’s education, but it can inspire children to progress further in their skills and development.
Even though social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter can be effective in helping educators create professional learning communities, parents find it less useful as a means of communication.
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