It can be really challenging to engage parents in their child’s classroom activities. Blended learning adds to this challenge when students aren’t bringing home as many papers. Edmodo is a technology tool that helps to solve this problem.
What is Edmodo?
If you haven’t come across Edmodo yet, it is a learning management system. That means teachers load content into the system to share with students through assignments. Students access their assignments, work on them, and then turn them in through the system. Teachers then grade the assignments and give students feedback. It is all done digitally, paperless.
How do Parents fit into Edmodo?
A teacher invites students into their Edmodo “class” through a Class Code. Teachers can also make a Parent Code but it is a little different than a Class Code. With the Parent Code, a parent uses the code to make their account and then can add all of their children under their account. They only need one code and then they are in (but students need a Class Code for each class they join).
How can Teachers communicate with Parents through Edmodo?
Once parents have their accounts, there are several ways to communicate. I’m going to highlight three.
- Weekly Newsletter to Parents. Parents, don’t read this next sentence. Teachers, the parents can’t send you messages (yay), but you can send a note out directed to them! You can post a note with an attached newsletter for parents and students to see. A weekly message that included updates and achievements is a great way to help Parents feel like they are informed.
- Direct communication. You can send a note with only one student chosen, which means their parents will be able to access it. This can also be great if the student has a tutor or someone else they work on homework with. Consider giving this other person a Parent Code too.
- Calendar. You can add events, key dates, activities, and assignment due dates to the calendar so that parents can see what is planned for the month.
What other parent communication tools have you tried or heard of that are digital?
Thanks for reading! -Brittany