Building relationships with families is hard work. Especially with today’s busy parents. If you’re lucky, you’ll see your student’s parents on one or two parent-teacher conferences or events each year. That hardly makes for relationship building.
Parents want to be involved and teachers want to involve them, but many parents are not afforded the luxury of free time that makes this possible. Teachers want to involve parents, but they often don’t have time to put together quality websites or newsletters.
Fortunately, various social media tools have come along to help strengthen the home-school connection. For example some teachers use Twitter to give parents a window into a school or class. Other teachers use Facebook to keep parents connected. And, others are using texting services like Cel.ly.
Now, there is a tool designed specifically for teachers and the families of students.
It is called Class Story and comes to teachers as an addition to ClassDojo, a free online resource that helps teachers encourage students through positive behavior management. Class Story lets teachers safely and instantly share important updates, amazing moments, and announcements to all parents. Parents can show their appreciation with hearts. Teachers can instantly see which parents have viewed the update.
So what do you think? Is this something you might use with the student’s and parents at your school?