Using Web 2.0 Tools To Connect With Parents By Aviva Dunsiger Grade 1 Teacher Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
Why Connect? <ul><li>When I was in the Faculty of Education, a professor told me this: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Parents give us...
Individual Student Blogs <ul><li>Parents add comments to blog posts. Encourage the students to continue to write through t...
 
Grade 1 Class Blog <ul><li>Parents add comments here. Can look here to see what’s happening in the classroom and provide f...
 
Professional Blog An example of parent/ teacher interaction. Mom offering thoughts on this approach.
Great opportunity for some really  positive feedback.
Wallwisher <ul><li>Wallwisher can be a great option for homework. </li></ul><ul><li>Used it last year in class, and then h...
 
Crocodoc <ul><li>Crocodoc is great for a  homework activity . </li></ul><ul><li>Students worked with their parents to post...
Evernote <ul><li>I use  Evernote  to keep  anecdotal records  on my students. </li></ul><ul><li>Some Notebooks I keep for ...
Today’s Meet <ul><li>Today’sMeet  is really easy to use, and is a great way to get students to  collaborate . </li></ul><u...
VoiceThread <ul><li>VoiceThread  is a  great alternative to writing . </li></ul><ul><li>Many  options  on how to post comm...
 
PhotoPeach <ul><li>In class, we make a PhotoPeach Slideshow.  </li></ul><ul><li>Parents add comments to this slideshow. He...
PhotoPeach Slideshow
Twitter: Where It All Began <ul><li>Would never have started using Web 2.0 tools in my classroom, if it wasn’t for  Twitte...
Tweeting In The Classroom <ul><li>Tweet  regularly in the classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Individual students  tweet on the i...
Writing A Letter On Twitlonger During  Literacy Centres – Addressed To A Parent
Tweeting on the iPod Touch:  Parents Follow Our Tweets
Parents Get Involved In The Classroom  Thanks To Tweeting
Final Thoughts … <ul><li>There are so many Web 2.0 tools out there, and it can seem overwhelming at times. </li></ul><ul><...
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  • How do I add the audio, Peggy? I'm not sure. If someone can help me out, I'll happily do so! Thanks Peggy! Glad you liked the presentation.
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  • This was an incredible presentation and the audio recording can be found on http://edtechtalk.com under the Parents as Partners webcast. Maybe Aviva will add that audio to her slides to have them all in one place.
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  1. 1. Using Web 2.0 Tools To Connect With Parents By Aviva Dunsiger Grade 1 Teacher Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
  2. 2. Why Connect? <ul><li>When I was in the Faculty of Education, a professor told me this: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Parents give us the best that they have.” </li></ul><ul><li>I think that this says it all! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Individual Student Blogs <ul><li>Parents add comments to blog posts. Encourage the students to continue to write through these comments. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Grade 1 Class Blog <ul><li>Parents add comments here. Can look here to see what’s happening in the classroom and provide feedback too. </li></ul>
  5. 7. Professional Blog An example of parent/ teacher interaction. Mom offering thoughts on this approach.
  6. 8. Great opportunity for some really positive feedback.
  7. 9. Wallwisher <ul><li>Wallwisher can be a great option for homework. </li></ul><ul><li>Used it last year in class, and then had students post sticky notes for a math homework activity. Parents helped. Great way to get the whole family involved. </li></ul>
  8. 11. Crocodoc <ul><li>Crocodoc is great for a homework activity . </li></ul><ul><li>Students worked with their parents to post sticky notes on a variety of subjects. </li></ul>
  9. 12. Evernote <ul><li>I use Evernote to keep anecdotal records on my students. </li></ul><ul><li>Some Notebooks I keep for myself, but others I will share with parents . </li></ul><ul><li>Evernote is great because I can upload audio comments too that are good to share with both the parent and the student . </li></ul>
  10. 13. Today’s Meet <ul><li>Today’sMeet is really easy to use, and is a great way to get students to collaborate . </li></ul><ul><li>It also works well as a backchannel . </li></ul><ul><li>For homework, I gave parents the address for the Today’sMeet Chatroom, and they added more comments with their child. Continued the conversation. </li></ul>
  11. 14. VoiceThread <ul><li>VoiceThread is a great alternative to writing . </li></ul><ul><li>Many options on how to post comments. </li></ul><ul><li>Allows parents to get involved in the classroom by commenting on work. </li></ul>
  12. 16. PhotoPeach <ul><li>In class, we make a PhotoPeach Slideshow. </li></ul><ul><li>Parents add comments to this slideshow. Helps motivate the students. </li></ul>
  13. 17. PhotoPeach Slideshow
  14. 18. Twitter: Where It All Began <ul><li>Would never have started using Web 2.0 tools in my classroom, if it wasn’t for Twitter . </li></ul><ul><li>Started following amazing educators that discussed what tools they used in their classroom, and then started modifying them for home and school use. </li></ul><ul><li>My incredible Twitter PLN are the people that I need to thank for this! </li></ul>
  15. 19. Tweeting In The Classroom <ul><li>Tweet regularly in the classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Individual students tweet on the iPod Touches. </li></ul><ul><li>Upload videos and pictures using Twitvid and Twitpic . </li></ul><ul><li>Have even tweeted on the SMART Board . Used Twitlonger for this too. Sent some tweets to parents. </li></ul><ul><li>For the 100 th Day of School, students worked together to try and send out 100 tweets . </li></ul>
  16. 20. Writing A Letter On Twitlonger During Literacy Centres – Addressed To A Parent
  17. 21. Tweeting on the iPod Touch: Parents Follow Our Tweets
  18. 22. Parents Get Involved In The Classroom Thanks To Tweeting
  19. 23. Final Thoughts … <ul><li>There are so many Web 2.0 tools out there, and it can seem overwhelming at times. </li></ul><ul><li>Start slow , and let the children teach you about some of these tools too. Learn together. </li></ul>

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