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FORUM: How are you using technologies to both report to parents and encourage them to engage with their students learning?

The advent of the school interviews site has allowed for parents to take control of setting their own interview times and has freed up teachers and admin staff to get on with other tasks. It is an efficient, time saving tool that puts the control firmly back into the hands of the parents and allows teachers to easily see who is attending and follow up with those who are missing.

What other tools are teachers and schools using to streamline their reporting processes?

Are you using google docs or learning management systems to share information instead of a traditional paper report?

Do your students share their progress through blogs or other online sites?

Mission Heights School reports online to parents using moodles on open source software (Linux and OpenOffice). More on TKI.

Waiuku Primary SchoolWillowbank School, and many others, are using facebook and twitter to engage with their parent community.

Rachel Boyd: Building community relationships with social media from EDtalks on Vimeo.


How are you using technologies to report to parents and to encourage them to engage with their students learning?

Share your ideas and experiences with us in this FORUM.


  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 21 Feb 2014 10:26am ()

    imageIn most schools, parent/teacher conferences for goal setting 2014 are coming up.

    This is a chance for parents, whānau and teachers to meet face-to-face and talk about our children - their strengths/needs as well as our hopes/dreams for them, as caregivers. It's about knowing our tamariki.

    It reminds me of the power and potential of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, where the role of the school is to, "fulfil the expectations, hopes and aspirations of their communities."

    The home, the community, the culture and hapū of the learner all contribute to the education provided by schools. For learners to succeed, the school, the home, hapū, iwi and community must work together effectively and consistently. 


    It's got me wondering, how can a school implement the aspirations of the parents and wider community;

    • when some parents/whānau don’t turn up at school for the interviews?
    • if learning goals (and strategies) aren't conveyed through conversations, pānui, newsletters or updates?


    How do you and your school plan to connect with the community (through technologies or other means), to help set learning goals between school and home in 2014? 

    Image sources: Creative Commons and Flickr

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 04 Mar 2014 10:19am ()

    imageSome more magic happening in this thread too, Using ICT in reporting processses. Bonus conversations from community members, about ways to engage and report to parents, using e-tools.

    Jump in, if you have any current stories to share.

    Image sourced from Flickr.

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