Sunday, October 9, 2011

Two Simple Things You Can Do To Increase Communication With Students and Parents

1. Blog consistently. Every year I help teachers create new blogs and every year by the time winter holidays roll around some of those blogs have withered and died on the vine. That happens because teachers get discouraged when their blogs aren't an instant hit with students and parents. Even if they already read other blogs, checking your blog for updates is a new habit for your students and their parents. Give them time to get in the habit. You also have to give them a reason to keep coming back. Post important content consistently and with time you'll have students and their parents checking your blog consistently.

2. Text message. Give students and parents the option to reach you via text messaging. If your students are anything like the under 30 crowd mentioned in this USA Today article, they prefer text messages to email. Give them the opportunity to communicate with you via text through a service like Google Voice (read about what I'm doing this year with Google Voice) or Class Parrot. Both of those services allow you to text from your computer without revealing your personal cell phone number.

How to Get Started Using Posterous Spaces

Yesterday, in preparation for a workshop I'm running this week I created a new set of slides demonstrating the basics of creating a blog on Posterous. As I mentioned last month, this semester I am using Posterous to have my students contribute to a group blog in which they summarize what they learned each week.

If you're introducing other educators to Posterous, please feel free to use these slides. All I ask for is attribution. These slides have been added to my page about creating blogs and websites.