Using a classroom webpage to communicate with parents. CONSISTENT COMMUNICATION BETWEEN TEACHERS AND PARENTS can be a complicated goal to achieve. Busy teachers find it hard to take time out of their day to make phone calls or write notes to working parents who are difficult to contact. Yet administrators, teachers, and parents continue to strive for regular interaction as a way of involving parents in classroom life and improving student achievement. Kathleen Eveleigh, a first grade teacher at Mary Scroggs Elementary School in Chapel Hill, communicates with parents daily about activities occuring in her classroom by integrating a classroom webpage with her daily instruction. Using a classroom webpage to connect classrooms and communities Kathleen Eveleigh gathers her first-grade students on the floor in front of her to write a summary of the school day’s events. Many classes set aside time for daily news. The positive response from families was immediate.
I’m so glad you’re updating the webpage. Content of Kathleen’s site. Keep parents in the loop with a class website. As most of you know very well, the day-to-day (not to mention hour-to-hour) tasks of a teacher can be hectic and time-consuming. In addition to actually teaching the warm little bodies in our classes, we have to grade papers, attend meetings, participate in school leadership committees, create bulletin boards, set up for labs, meet with students, plan future lessons, prepare for and administer tests…the list seems endless. As if that isn’t enough, we’re also faced with the critical task of communicating with parents about their students and the classroom in general. Thankfully, the internet has made this task a little less time-consuming for teachers and parents. This article will discuss the many tools that can help you design a website to keep parents in the loop.
What do parents really want? Through an informal poll of some of my students’ parents, I assessed what parents might like to see on a teacher website. Giving parents what they want — The basics Blogs Wordpress Weebly Blogger Wikis. Best practices in school library website design. In order to build a good, usable website for your school library, you need to think in two very different ways. First, you need to think like a librarian. What do your patrons need, and how can you best serve them? Since you all do this for a living, that should be the easy part. Second, you need to think like a web designer. My advice — my very, very, strong advice — is to focus on what you know and are good at, and do as little of what you don’t know as possible. Think of your website as an extension of your physical media center — you didn’t build that yourself, did you?
What few people understand is that building a good, usable, accessible, attractive school website that meets the needs of students and teachers is every bit as difficult and as complicated as building a good, usable, accessible, attractive school building that meets the needs of students and teachers. The bad news is, you can’t afford to hire someone to build and maintain your website.
Image map accessible and blind ! How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School. Produced in collaboration with Facebook. Social media is fast becoming as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. In recent months, many schools and districts around the country have taken steps to create social media policies and guidelines for their students and staff.
In my work with several districts to draft these documents, I have seen many approaches that work well, and some that don't. That said, there is no silver bullet for administrators; every school, district, and state has a different set of circumstances. With that in mind, here are some steps that will help you determine the best approach for your own community. 2. This team should include educators who use social media in the classroom and those who do not.
This team should be open and transparent in all their conversations and decision making, and be clear about their shared goal. Questions for ReflectionDoes everyone on the team share the same goal? Engaging Your School Community Through Social Media. When I started my career as a school administrator, the closest thing we had to public relations and communications was the biweekly school newsletter that we cranked out in MS Word. Photocopied newsletters stuffed into backpacks on a Friday afternoon seemed to do the job of communicating with parents. For teachers, memos were placed in cubbyholes in the staff room. As technology progressed and the schools where I worked got larger, new options became available. The need to better communicate and engage our students, staff, parents, and prospective families became even more essential. Here are a few ways that we at The International School (TIS) have engaged with our community. School Website Schools are busy places, and parents need a trusted place to find the right information.
It must be mobile friendly. Facebook Peter Sutton told me in a workshop that "if you are not telling your school's story on Facebook, someone else is. " Promote sports, arts, and cultural events. Twitter LinkedIn. Finding your audience: a primer. Before you can reach your audience, you have to find them. That means understanding who they are, what their expectations are, what they bring to your writing, and what you want them to take away. Ask yourself these questions when you sit down to write: Who is my audience? What do I want them to know, believe, or feel after they read it? When and where will they read it?
Why will they read it? Who is my audience? Are you writing for your principal or superintendent? If you’re writing for other professional educators, you can use a little jargon as shorthand (though too much will make you seem pompous and potentially confuse less-experienced colleagues). What do I want them to know, believe, or feel? This sounds obvious — how can you write if you don’t know what you’re trying to communicate? If you’re posting an assignment for students or parents to refer to at home, you want them to quickly grasp basic information: what you want and when you want it. When and where will they read it? Scannability: organizing for the web. When you read, do you read every word of every line, in the order they appear on the page? Or do you scan the page, absorbing chunks of text whole and skimming for the particular information you’re looking for? Most effective readers use different strategies for different situations.
If you’re taking a graduate course, you probably have too much reading to read every word of every assignment, so you learn to skim. If you’re reading poetry or a short story, you’ll probably read every word because the style demands it, and you are reading for leisure. On the web, because of the demands of the medium, readers are more likely to scan the page than to read every word. A good writer has to take that into consideration when organizing and formatting a piece of writing and make writing scannable. But that doesn’t mean reducing everything to bulleted lists of key phrases. One main topic per page The inverted pyramid model Each page, each major topic, also has to be clearly organized.
Alt Attributes: Describe Your Images for Accessibility. Image ALT Tag Tips for HTML | AccessAbility. Synopsis Note: The term "ALT tag" is a common shorthand term used to refer to the ALT attribute within in the IMG tag. Any time you use an image, be sure to include an ALT tag or ALT text within the IMG tag. Doing so will provide a clear text alternative of the image for screen reader users.WCAG 2.0 Guideline 1.1.1. —"All non-text content that is presented to the user has a text alternative that serves the equivalent purpose. " The description in the ALT tag should be meaningful in the context of the Web page, specifically: Images used as links should have alternative (or "alt") text describing the destination of the link, not the image itself.
Alt text with acronyms should be written with spaces in between letters. Implementing Alt Text The ALT tag adds a text description to an image on a Web page, and should be used for all images, graphical bullets, and graphical horizontal rules. Alt text is accessed by screen reader users to provide them with a text equivalent of images. D-links. To link or not to link? Using hypertext wisely - Writing for the Web. To some extent, the entire point of the web is hyperlinking, the making of nonlinear connections between documents. That’s why it’s called a web, after all! But where and how you link will change the way readers read your document, and so effective hyperlinking takes some thought. There are essentially two ways to link to related websites and web pages from your document.
You can embed a hyperlink directly in the text of your document, or you can provide links in a sidebar or at the end of your document. Embedded links In the introduction to the article on organizing for the web, I linked to a previous article from within a sentence. On the web, because of the demands of the medium, readers are more likely to scan the page than to read every word. In this case, I didn’t want to repeat what I’d said in a previous article about the challenges of reading on the web. Embedding links within text is the simplest and most common method of linking, and probably the most useful, as well. BALANCEDLITERACYDIET :: JKSP :: Balanced Literacy Diet.