Today we are going to talk about how technology can improve Parent Teacher Interaction. We cannot provide an exclusive team to develop each child. However, if parents and teachers are on the same page, they can certainly play a vital role in the child’s growth.
So far, groups of parents and teachers are mostly conflicting. They hold brief meetings and short meetings in the hope of defining information for an entire semester. The family focus has shifted from “multi-child” families to families with only one child. However, teachers and parents must communicate to increase the child’s educational development so that the institutional image is increased.
Experts believe that “teacher-parent” communication makes education a healthy experience for the child. It is also essential for a student’s success. Parent-teacher information leaves a positive influence on students.
TECHNOLOGY IMPROVES COMMUNICATION BETWEEN PARENTS AND TEACHERS
Despite the benefits of parental participation in schooling, parent-teacher meetings can be stressful for teachers, even more so in a competitive society that often launches very young and unprepared parents into the world. Experience shows the teacher how to prepare in advance for the meeting. He can provide feedback and also understand past complaints and information. Besides, he must be attentive and patient. With technological innovations in education, it is ideal for educators to use technology to encourage parental participation. In this way, there will be an improvement in the experience of everyone involved.
MANY WAYS TO IMPROVE THIS COMMUNICATION
There are many ways to use technology to improve interaction, from programming to disseminating some information from the classroom. It opens the way for parents to play a more significant role in education. New “efficient media” are already discovered to improve communication between home and school further. We will discuss some of them.
WITH PARENT-TEACHER COMMUNICATION APP
Indeed, social media is the way to present communication between teachers-parent-students. Although the teacher can increase the level of information using a dynamic and standard social media format, however, there is still a high risk of distraction. Hence, using the Teacher-Parent Communication App is ideal.
The development of mobile applications offers new solutions in communication between teachers, parents and students. They speed up notifications, guarantee the reception of information and help school children to carry out their tasks privately and securely.
Some of its features are:
- It is an application that facilitates and improves communication between educational centres, teachers, parents and students through an instant messaging service.
- The educational centres can manage the information from the web platform.
- With customized service now teachers can select their recipients online.
- A cloud platform is designed for the academic, administrative and economic management of educational centres.
- Teachers can offer information about attendance control, scheduling, grades and assessment of classes in a private and secure environment of communication with families.
- Instant and private messages, updates or photos are some of the content that teachers can share with a parent.
Technology (communication app) can significantly improve “home-school” communication, eliminating time and distance difficulties that teachers and parents face.
WITH EMAIL CIRCULARS
Several institutions use email as their medium to communicate with their parents. If there is any customized email platform (only for institutional communication), the process for each parent to register is straightforward. The system records the entire process, which representatives opened the email or who clicked on the links within the text. This information is helpful for teachers to see each family’s reading level, and to take corrective action in the event of low reading rates. Every day, emails are read directly on cell phones, and this allows for more fluid communications.
EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY BLOG
Beyond the circulars, within the communities, there is information that should be available to all members. From things like the Special Dates list (Flag Day, school anniversary, etc.) to the list of school supplies. Some schools are using the blog to share experiences that are useful to all parents. For example, reviewing past travel experiences or trips to a park helps parents better prepare. When activities are presented outside of the classroom, many times, real anguish is generated in the parents. It dissipates a lot with these experiences shared on the community blog.
Additionally, there is news from the school that can be published and increase the links in the community. Courses that teachers receive prizes won or many other types of information go unnoticed by parents. Using the blog to communicate this news improves parents ‘perception and helps keep teachers’ morale high. By using the blog regularly, it is possible to increase the prestige and authority of the school on the Internet.
With increasingly busy parents, it is a challenge for schools to hold meetings with each family individually. Traditionally, what is done is that a specific date is determined and all parents come to wait their turn.
With some simple tools, you can automate how appointments are made with each family. Parents receive the benefit of choosing the most convenient time, and the school wins with greater community participation with less burden of meeting administration.
CONCLUSION: COMMUNICATION DEPENDS ON UNDERSTANDING
With the participation of more parents, problems are avoided when the initiatives are implemented. The comfort provided by technology allows the community to enrich itself with the contributions of those most involved. Parents must receive the necessary training to support school activities. Ignorance or misunderstandings between parents generate many problems. Ideally, teachers should have a direct channel to send information and receive feedback from parents or guardians.
The teachers are those who are affected by the role played by new technologies in school reform. And those on whom the responsibility to absorb the triggered changes falls most. The importance of the teachers in the development of the innovative aspects of the school must be underlined. A teacher holds a fundamental role in the cultural formation and the education of the pupils. He must reflect the change brought about by new technologies in the ways of communicating, sharing and collaborating. And learning about human beings and finds himself having to reflect on the new knowledge he must acquire.