I was wondering what type of communication your teachers are using to bridge the gap between them and their students and/or parents. Do they use Teacher Websites like Google or Wikispaces, eBoard.....
What percentage of teachers in your school use some type of communication tool?
So ammazing to know that in your school technology is highly utilized,in our school though we have WiFi connection and teachers own their own laptops we still do the old style of communicating to pupils and parents because some don't have internet connections that is to call a meeting to report pupils progress and others.
Karen, we have a few districts that are starting to use Facebook as a way of getting information out to parents. Most areas have Internet access and computers in the public libraries for those parents that don't have it at home. And, most of the parents DO have cell phones with Internet access, at least in the districts that have started using Facebook. For those that have nothing, paper materials are still sent home with those students.
Facebook..interesting. I have recently connected with parents at Hofstra who created a facebook page for us to keep up with the happenings on campus. I have also seen coaches use an account to connect with their teams, to send our reminders and game & practice schedules. I can see the value as long as it is monitored properly.
The level of technology will have an impact on how communication happens. Some Districts are only digital because of ease of access, and then whether it is a commercial or open source product (Infinite Campus, BlackBoard, Moodle, etc), social network or not is up to the lawyers and the level of udnerstanding on how these systems work.
My District uses programs that they can control because they want to be able to verify communication and what has been communicated.