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Thursday, November 14 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Using Social Media to Communicate Student Outcomes to Parents

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Gaining parental support for new curriculum and instruction initiatives often problematic, but is particularly difficult in high-performing districts. In the 2012 - 2013 school year the Stratton teachers were facing the challenge of implementing Tools of the Mind (a new curriculum and instructional model for Kindergarten), the Commons Core State Standards, increasing their use of technology to support their learning goals, and piloting a new RTI model at the same time. In order to increase parental awareness and support for these initiatives the teachers at the Stratton Elementary School utilized social media - Twitter, YouTube, and blogs - to go beyond just communicating to parents the details of their initiatives, to providing regular vivid examples of what those initiatives look like in their students' classrooms by posting short weekly iMovies on YouTube. They spark parents interest in the videos by frequent Tweets throughout the week. To help foster parent-student communication about the student's learning they provide conversation starters to parents on a regular basis. This use of social media has also had an unexpected bi-product of providing a source of professional sharing among the teachers in the school. Teachers began getting ideas from their colleagues for pedagogical choices by following each other on Twitter and reading each other's blogs. By the end of the school year a short survey given to parents evidenced the strong support for these new initiatives and the new methods of communiation that the teachers had adopted.

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Ann Marie Abbott

Elementary School Teacher
Ann Marie Abbott has been working for Arlington Public Schools for 10 years. She is passionate about integrating technology into her life and the lives of her students. Most recently she has been using iMovie, YouTube and Twitter to communicate with parents, collaborate with colleagues... Read More →
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Nicole Melnik

First Grade Teacher, Thompson School
Nicole has taught K, 1st, and 2nd grade in Arlington, MA. Currently she's a first grade teacher in the newly rebuilt Thompson School, a 1:1 iPad environment. Prior to this, the school had a model of 2 shared iPad carts. To communicate with parents, she blogs daily so parents can... Read More →

Thursday November 14, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm EST

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