Parent Communication - Create the Future Team

Team members add names here: Sarah ZoeLyndaDamianneRob

Reflection and discussion

Use the discussion tab to post reflections and comments on plenary sessions and other events during the workshop. We encourage you also to comment on each others reflections, including those in other teams, and foster meaningful conversations to support the curriculum development project challenge.

Project Challenge

Based on the topics discussed during the workshop, your TEAM CHALLENGE is to develop, pitch, refine and present an idea for a classroom collaboration. Use this template to collect and synthesize ideas. You may also choose to use the Understanding by Design Unit Template

Project Title: Creating Communication that Counts
Participants level/age: parents, students, teachers
Curriculum focus: N/A
Learning outcomes:
  • parents know what is happening in the classroom and participate in it
  • parents are able to use the classroom tools to interact with the classroom

'Seven Steps to Flatten Your Classroom'
- Essential objectives for global collaboration

Use this list as a template for brainstorming and creating your project

In what way will classrooms connect globally? (Tools and expectations)
  • Parents and extended family can participate from anywhere.
  • Google Apps
  • Blogs
  • Wikis
  • depends on the school

What are the modes of communication? Synchronous? Asynchronous? (Tools and expectations)
Asynchronous - designed so that parents can see what is happening in the classroom in their own time.

What do you and your students need to know to be reliable and responsible online learners? What do you need to prepare to complete a classroom collaboration?
Need a responsible use policy for students, teacher and parents.
Templates and examples provided for parents and students to know how to structure their contributions.

How will the classrooms work together? What are the parameters of the project? (Tools and expectations). How will contribution be encouraged and monitored (Tools and expectations)Classroom and parents working together.Examples provided to set parameters.School/class newsletters.School agrees on format to make ease of access and use simple to understand.Parents invited to school with their own laptops to participate in workshops about the communication forum.Giving step by step instructions on how to use the siteInvolve the students at the higher level when teaching parents how to use the forums.Have it part of the school policy that parents are required to participate with the program.
Scaffold the gradual release of responsibilty.
Regular feedback starting with more classroom discussion and moving towards a more online discussion.
Periodical parent surveys to check in with understanding and need of content.

What choices will learners have to accommodate different learning styles and abilities?
Option to write
Oral participation
Video links
Images upload

What are the expected outcomes from the joint knowledge creation and sharing activities?
  • video
  • photos
  • we want our parents to become more educated
  • parents need to be able to aducate us
  • improve and support student learning

How will the project and collaboration be celebrated and shared at its conclusion?
This is an ongoing product that will raise awareness on what is happening in the classroom aswell as allow parents to become actively involved in their students education. The celebration comes in the functional use of the website.
This is a celebration of our school community.

Final Team Product

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