18 Replies Latest reply on Jul 8, 2013 9:06 PM by glen_w

    Communication with Parents and Students: Taming and Training the Technophobe

    staceylazarus

      Taming and Training the Technophobe, a series of progressions to get from simple to more complex; from being uncomfortable with technology to being comfortable, is now more than 6 months old!

       

      This month’s Taming progression is a continuation from last month. Last month we discussed communication among peers, and this month we move on to parent and student communication methods. These methods can also be used with your peers.


      To make these Tamings more relevant in the future, please make suggestions, and then we can see who can develop the best progression!


      Our list so far:

      November                  How do you increase tech knowledge with technophobes?

      December                 Taming and Training the Technophobe: PowerPoint Made Powerful

      January                      Taming and Training the Technophobe: PowerPoint Presentations Painlessly

      February                    Going online from PowerPoint to Voicethread: Taming and Training the Technophobe

      March                         Alternatives to PowerPoint: Taming and Training the Technophobe

      April                           Communication with Parents, Students and Colleagues: T &T the Technophobe

      May                            Communication with Parents and Students: Taming and Training the Technophobe

       

      When you look through this list below, what are your favorites?

      What do you use instead of these listed?

       

      One Way Communication

      The methods listed here can be done in any order and many can be modified to go from one-way communication to two-way communication.

       

      Google Docs

      Will need an email to create. Can create word documents, forms, slideshows, or spreadsheets to share information. The URL can be made public or through copying the link. If you want interaction in these documents, permit viewers the ability to edit and add comments.


      Podcasts

      A great audio way to deliver information to an audience. Convenient way for those “on the run” to get the information. Using various recording software, many are free, recording exactly what you want is easy. Here are links giving you examples and additional resources on how to create and post.


      Remind 101

      Free text message system for teachers to use without having students and the teacher share phone numbers. Can set up scheduled reminders and groups to send text messages to. Other options are here.


      Blogs or Wikis or Moodle or more

      You can create different types web pages on the Internet. Each one has advantages and disadvantages. They can be set up as public or private, for interaction or none.

       

       

      Two Way Communication

      Voxopop

      Voxopop is like  a message board, but uses voice rather than text and a has a specialized user interface. No longer confined to a physical classroom, teachers and students can interact verbally in an asynchronous manner.


      Google Docs

      Will need an email to create. Can create word documents, forms, slideshows, or spreadsheets to share information. The URL can be made public or through copying the link. If you want interaction in these documents, permit viewers the ability to edit and add comments.


      Blogs or Wikis or Moodle or more

      You can create different types web pages on the Internet. Each one has advantages and disadvantages. They can be set up as public or private, for interaction or none.


      Twitter

      Use for group and individual notification. Useful resource dealing with safety issues.


      PollEverywhere

      Send out information and get feedback in the form of a survey.