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School to Home Communication

  1. 1. School to Home Communication Communicating More Effectively Through an Integrated Online Network Scott Watkins, Website Coordinator Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education University of Oklahoma swatkins@ou.edu Innovative Learning Institute 2010 http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu
  2. 2. Who Is This Guy? http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu
  3. 3. 1. It’s My Job http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu 2. We’re Implementing It
  4. 4. http://www.flickr.com/photos/artrock2006/4177475479 & http://www.flickr.com/photos/will-lion/2469444622 http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu
  5. 5. Say What? http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu
  6. 6. How do you communicate with your parents, students, & alumni? Face to Face Meetings? Phone Conversations? Print Magazines? Print Newsletters? http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu Email Newsletters? Email Messages? Text Messages? Web Sites?
  7. 7. Ever Heard of Social Media? http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu
  8. 8. What are Social Media? http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu Wikipedia Defines Social Media as: Social media are media for social interaction, using highly accessible and scalable publishing techniques. Social media use web-based technologies to turn communication into interactive dialogues. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media
  9. 9. Social Media Are: http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthamm/2945559128
  10. 10. http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFZ0z5Fm-Ng Video
  11. 11. http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu Why Are Social Networks so Successful?
  12. 12. Interaction http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu Why Are Social Networks so Successful?
  13. 13. What About Online Communication? http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu Wikipedia Defines Online Communication as: Online communication between home and school is the use of digital telecommunication to convey information and ideas between teachers, students, parents, and school administrators. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_communication_between_school_and_home
  14. 14. What are Some Online Communications Vehicles? Blogs (or Weblogs) Wikis (Hawaiian for “Quick”) Discussion Forums (Multiple Threaded Conversations) Podcasts (Audio Recordings Distributed Online) Video Blogs (Video Journals Distributed Online) Photo Galleries (A Picture is Worth…) Micro Blogs (Short and Tweet Sweet Messages) http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu
  15. 15. Say What? http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu
  16. 16. So, What Do We Do? http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu
  17. 17. We use these social media in our communications strategy or We develop an integrated online network of our own or WE DO BOTH! http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu So, What Do We Do?
  18. 18. Say What? http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu
  19. 19. Integrated Online Network? http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu Dictionary.com Defines Integrated as: combining or coordinating separate elements so as to provide a harmonious, interrelated whole. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/integrated
  20. 20. What Are Those Elements? http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu Blogs (or Weblogs) Wikis (Hawaiian for “Quick”) Discussion Forums (Multiple Threaded Conversations) Podcasts (Audio Recordings Distributed Online) Video Blogs (Video Journals Distributed Online) Photo Galleries (A Picture is Worth…) Micro Blogs (Short and Tweet Sweet Messages)
  21. 21. But Why an Integrated Network? http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu
  22. 22. From Wikipedia Online communication emphasizes 21st century skills, self-directed learning, self-advocacy, global awareness, and thinking skills for learners. Utilizing online communication methods, schools help students develop Netiquette, and technical and computer skills. In addition, teachers can provide parents with frequent information about school programs and their children's progress through automated e-mails, official websites and learning management systems. This communication can be achieved either synchronously or asynchronously, providing greater time flexibility. http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_communication_between_school_and_home
  23. 23. From Wikipedia Online communication emphasizes 21st century skills, self-directed learning, self-advocacy, global awareness, and thinking skills for learners. Utilizing online communication methods, schools help students develop Netiquette, and technical and computer skills. In addition, teachers can provide parents with frequent information about school programs and their children's progress through automated e-mails, official websites and learning management systems. This communication can be achieved either synchronously or asynchronously, providing greater time flexibility. http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_communication_between_school_and_home
  24. 24. http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_communication_between_school_and_home
  25. 25. Other Benefits? Greater Reach into Your Audience More Frequent Message Delivery Parents Feel More Connected and Involved Students (Yes, Even the Shy Ones) Tend to Become More Involved in Online Activities Online Communication Enhances Strength of Relationship Between Parents, Teachers, and Students http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu
  26. 26. 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 How Do Schools Communicate with Parents Electronically http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu http://www.nextgenerationlearning.org.uk
  27. 27. Some Cons… Online Communication Can Lead to Unreasonable Expectations That Teachers Are “On Call” at All Times Training May Be Necessary Access May Be Limited Activity Will Be Minimal at First http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu
  28. 28. http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54hA_qZg__8 Video
  29. 29. http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHXtvtpu1Wk Video
  30. 30. What Are Those Elements? http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu Blogs (or Weblogs) Wikis (Hawaiian for “Quick”) Discussion Forums (Multiple Threaded Conversations) Podcasts (Audio Recordings Distributed Online) Video Blogs (Video Journals Distributed Online) Photo Galleries (A Picture is Worth…) Micro Blogs (Short and Tweet Sweet Messages)
  31. 31. Blogs http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu A blog (a blend of the term web log) is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. Most blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and even message each other via widgets on the blogs and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog
  32. 32. Wikis http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu A wiki ( /ˈwɪki/ WIK-ee) is a website that allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser using a simplified markup language or a WYSIWYG text editor. Wikis are typically powered by wiki software and are often used to create collaborative wiki websites, to power community websites, for personal note taking, in corporate intranets, and in knowledge management systems. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki
  33. 33. Discussion Forum http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu An Internet forum, or message board, is an online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages. They differ from chat rooms in that messages are at least temporarily archived. Also, depending on the access level of a user and/or the forum set-up, a posted message might need to be approved by a moderator before it becomes visible. Forums have their own language; e.g. A single conversation is called a 'thread'. A forum is hierarchical or tree-like in structure: forum - subforum - topic - thread - reply. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_forum
  34. 34. Podcasts http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu A podcast (or non-streamed webcast) is a series of digital media files (either audio or video) that are released episodically and often downloaded through web syndication. The word usurped webcast in common vernacular, due to rising popularity of the iPod and the innovation of web feeds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcast
  35. 35. Video Blogs http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu Video blogging, sometimes shortened to vlogging (pronounced 'vlogging', as opposed to 'v-logging’) or vidding or vidblogging is a form of blogging for which the medium is video, and is a form of Internet television. Entries often combine embedded video or a video link with supporting text, images, and other metadata. Entries can be recorded in one take or cut into multiple parts. It is also a very popular category on YouTube. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_blog
  36. 36. Photo Galleries http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu Photo sharing is the publishing or transfer of a user's digital photos online, thus enabling the user to share them with others (publicly or privately). This function is provided through both websites and applications that facilitate the upload and display of images. The term can also be loosely applied to the use of online photo galleries that are set up and managed by individual users, including photoblogs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photo_sharing
  37. 37. Micro Blogging http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu Microblogging is a broadcast medium in the form of blogging. A microblog differs from a traditional blog in that its content is typically much smaller, in both actual size and aggregate file size. A microblog entry could consist of nothing but a short sentence fragment, an image or embedded video. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microblogging
  38. 38. OK, How Do We…? http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu
  39. 39. Build It. Buy It. Borrow It. http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu
  40. 40. Build It. (Get a Developer) Buy It. (Get the Check Book) Borrow It. (Get Online) http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu
  41. 41. $ Free.99 http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu
  42. 42. Online Social Communities We Can Use to Build Ours Ning ($) Schoology Tapped In Edmodo http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu Hosted Solutions ExpressionEngine ($) Elgg Mahara Dolphin Self Hosted Solutions May Require Development http://www.google.com/search?q=social+network+for+teachers
  43. 43. http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu http://www.schoology.com Video
  44. 44. http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu http://community.education.ufl.edu/community/ Video
  45. 45. What Next? http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu
  46. 46. http://ntouch.ou.edu http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu
  47. 47. Thank You! http://www.ou.edu/education.html http://ntouch.ou.edu Scott Watkins, swatkins@ou.edu Scott Watkins (405) 325-7962 swatkins@ou.edu

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