In addition to information sent home in nametags, I use several different technology tools to keep parents informed of class activities and events, as well as to share classroom learning activities. My goal is to reach all parents in a way that is beneficial and convenient, which varies from family to family. All of these are 100% optional, and you can use as many or as few as you would like, but I encourage everyone to use at least one electronic method of communication! The methods currently used are:
Remind – This is a free service that you can register for to receive text messages concerning reminders and other information throughout the school year. For those concerned about security, I will never see your phone number and you will never see mine. I can send announcements to all parents at once, and can also have individual conversations with parents just like regular text messages. To join, simply text 81010 with the message @slatewecc. Please note that if you change cell phone numbers during the year, you will need to sign up again with the new number. I am not able to add or change numbers on my own.
Facebook™ – Our class has a Facebook™ account, listed as ‘Msslate’s class’, which will be used to share classroom events/activities. Only Facebook™ users who have been approved as one of our ‘friends’ will be able to view our Facebook™ page. This page IS NOT open to the public and can ONLY be viewed by other school employees and parents associated with our class. To get access to our Facebook™ page, simply send a friend request. A separate letter and permission form will come home regarding our Facebook™ usage.
Email – I maintain an email list to periodically send out reminders and other information. I can also send digital copies of our weekly newsletter and other information for those that prefer an electronic copy. Please note that only items specific to our classroom (not whole-school communications) can be emailed, so there is still a need to check the nametag daily.
Hopefully you will find these tools beneficial for keeping up with classroom activities and information. If you have any questions, please let me know!