Use of Class Community Apps

Using apps like ClassDojo to invite parents to view activities, videos and student work in a secure environment.

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The idea of parents being a part of the classroom seems to end by junior high. Although it's a necessary transition for students to be more independent, I feel parents would feel a greater connection to their children if they could see the exciting things happening in their classes. ClassDojo is used mainly for elementary schools but something similar could be built in to platforms like Schoology, Edmodo and Canvas. 

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Hi Ms. Mona Dunne! It makes perfect sense to utilize technology to build the communication between teacher, student, and parents. How do you see the teacher setting up this in the secondary school setting and helping the parents best utilize it?

Also, this would fit well with Ms. Jocelyn Sideco's idea! Check it out at https://collaborate.teachersguild.org//challenge/ittakesateam/ideate/student-vblog-and-parent-video-conferences

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Ms. Mona Dunne Thank you for sharing!! Love this idea; seems like a great way to increase transparency about what's happening in the classroom during the school day. Have you tried this before? Curious to hear what you've learned and any advice you might have for others!

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I like the idea of sharing student work with parents and we use a digital portfolio tool called Seesaw. You can also create a parent page on your LMS. The key is to provide enough explanation so parents understand what they are reviewing.

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Yes, we use FreshGrade (which is similarish) with our middle schoolers and it does provide a lens into the classroom that is often missing for middle school students.