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  • TracyWilson commented on the blog Facebook for Whanau
    I have found using a Facebook page for my class more beneficial than a blog (which I still use for learning areas) where I can contact parents easier than email or phonecall anytime, anywhere. My students do not have the password, for the page,...
  • Sophia Douglas commented on the blog Facebook for Whanau
    Facebook is continuing to become popular with our parents and students alike. Many of our senior students are contributing by writing sport game reviews and photos which is great for our parents to hear the students voices. The hits are growing and...
  • Kate Dare commented on the blog Facebook for Whanau
    Our facebook page is used to share photos of what is going on in school, but also of reminder of events. There are 189 likes on the page (which considering our roll is around 240) shows that lots of parents use this page. Parents frequently comment...
  • Tony Greer commented on the blog Facebook for Whanau
    Since this initial post, Somerset Cres Facebook now has 49 likes and the page is being visited more frequently by staff and whanau. It is definitely an effective medium to contact and communicate with our community. The emphasis is still...
  • PARENT AND WHANAU INVOLVEMENT At Terrace End School we use ICT to communicate with parents and whanau by sharing our children’s learning through our wikipages, the school website and facebook. The class wiki pages and facebook are easily...
  • Jacqui Frost published a blog post Engaging Parents/Whanau/Community
    This year has seen a large change in the way that we are communicating with families as our new principal has instigated the use of Facebook and updated our school website to make these mediums a source of up to date information and celebration....
  • When we held staff PD around developing a Digital Citizenship pathway (/blog/view/699816/digital-citizenship) one thing that we focused on personalising as a staff was how we are going to inform parents about and involve them in digital citizenship....
  • Tony Greer published a blog post Digi Awards and Citizenship
    Two birds-one stone - celebrating digi awards and gathering info on digital citizenship from parents
  • Tony Greer published a blog post Maths Evening
    Engaging whanau in maths
  • Diane Mills commented on the blog Celebrating Inquiry Learning with Whanau
    That sounds wonderful and a great way to get whanau into school.  I can imagine that the students would take great pride in sharing what they have learned and of course family members get a buzz out of seeing their child's achievements.  I...
  • Tony Greer published a blog post Celebrating Inquiry Learning with Whanau
    Our middle syndicate, (Rata, year 3-4) recently held a sharing session in our school hall to celebrate and share their inquiry learning this term. Other classes and parents were invited. There were; digital displays and clear e-learning...
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    • Diane Mills

      That sounds wonderful and a great way to get whanau into school.  I can imagine that the students would take great pride in sharing what they have learned and of course family members get a buzz out of seeing their child's achievements.  I often think we don't attribute much importance/time to students talking about their own work and the decisions they had to make along the way.  I am sure your sharing session went some way towards helping students to think constructively about their work, how they might articulate their learning with others and of course helping to build their confidence in speaking.

  • Susan Allomes commented on the blog Facebook for Whanau
    We also have noted that for our families facebook works. we are now constantly uploading photos and information to our facebook. many families who do not read newsletters, or access the website are in touch regularly through Facebook. Sue
  • Tony Greer published a blog post Facebook for Whanau
    We're using it, are you?
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    • Kate Dare

      Our facebook page is used to share photos of what is going on in school, but also of reminder of events. There are 189 likes on the page (which considering our roll is around 240) shows that lots of parents use this page. Parents frequently comment on postings. This shows that this an effective use of technology to engage the family/whanau.

      http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-James-Catholic-School-Palmerston-North/209913949027338

    • Sophia Douglas

      Facebook is continuing to become popular with our parents and students alike. Many of our senior students are contributing by writing sport game reviews and photos which is great for our parents to hear the students voices. The hits are growing and we are finding that family that live overseas are also accessing it more regularly.

    • TracyWilson

      I have found using a Facebook page for my class more beneficial than a blog (which I still use for learning areas) where I can contact parents easier than email or phonecall anytime, anywhere. My students do not have the password, for the page, however they do contribute with my consent. My blog had 1 follower (non-staff) my Facebook page nearly 40, from a country school, that's great. Give it a go. My advice is to make sure you check your settings, and filtering, you don't want to get caught short with undesirable clips on your page.

  • Kate Dare published a blog post National Goal 4 Reflective Summary 2012
    The following is a summary of National Goal 4 for 2011 for the Mantar Cluster (Milestone 4). National Goal: Family and whanau to actively participate in their child's learning. Cluster Goal: Investigate, develop and implement ways to...
  • Tony Greer published a blog post TEKids Celebration Evening
      As a conclusion to our TEKids programme this year we held a parent information evening where the children showcased their learning from throughout the year. The children were up front leading, introducing and running the whole show,...
  • Mary Rivers published a blog post National Goal 4 Reflective Summary 2011
    The following is a summary of National Goal 4 for 2011 for the Mantar Cluster (Milestone 4). Cluster: Year 2 of Cluster Programme - Primary Cluster Years 0-8 Cluster Type: ICT PD Context: With the increasing development of E-Learning...
  • Maria published a blog post The Paper Trail...
    At a recent TeKids post meeting with Lynn Ross she presented us with a powerpoint that would be excellent for our families.  We have decided to use this at our first 'Meet the Parents' at the beginning of 2012.  This is a valuable resource...
  • Kate Dare published a blog post Student Led Celebrations
    At St James', twice a year we hold "Student Led Celebrations" or "SLCs". This is an opportunity for children to share their current learning with their parents, their next steps and in Term 3 they also reflect on the progress they have made since...