Thursday, August 8, 2019

Amazing Apps: Tech Tools to Bridge Home & School

Recent national surveys of over 1,000 parents and 1,000 teachers were compiled into the State of Parent Engagement 2019 report and reveal differing views on how to bridge the gap between home and school. However, both parents and teachers agree that engagement is an important responsibility to share in order to ensure children succeed in and out of the classroom.

With dual income and single parenting families on the rise in the US, here are three ways modern technology can help support and build engagement that sets everyone up for success - parents, teachers and kids. Why not make this back-to-school season a win for all?

Tip 1: Many teachers use messaging apps to easily communicate with parentsClassTag's free app helps parents get communications in the channel they prefer - email, sms, app, web. Extra bonus: ClassTag incentivizes engagement by rewarding parents with “Coins” that allow their kids’ teacher to buy classroom supplies.  Make sure to sign up for whatever service your child’s teacher is using, so you stay in the know.

Tip 2: A good after-school program not only keeps kids on track, but is essential for working parents. After-school enrichment that takes place on children’s school grounds is not only convenient, safe and a valuable way to extend the day after the final bell rings, but parents don’t have to worry about the extra hassle of carpooling and pickup schedules in the middle of their work day.

Homerooma free and all-in-one after-school enrichment platform, helps organize and manage a robust after-school program for kids on the school site and is typically run and vetted by the local PTA. Contact your local PTA chapter, to find out if this service or others, are available.

Tip 3: For parents who aren’t sure on how to support their children’s reading needs, learn from your children’s teachers! Ninety one percent of all elementary schools are using Epic!the world’s largest digital library for kids with over 35,000 high quality books, audiobooks, read to me books and original content. Free for educators, the app is $7.99/ month (first month is free), children can safely explore and discover a love of reading and learning, anytime and anywhere!

No comments:

Post a Comment