Talks with Teachers Summit

Building a Home-School Connection

Tools to Help Connect

A Class Twitter Account

https://twitter.com/BSMS720


A class Twitter account allows parents to get a glimpse of what is going on in your classroom. Parents can interact by favoriting or responding to a tweet. Parents do not need to be on Twitter to see the class Twitter page. They can view the page through the Internet or they can get the tweets texted to them.


Another great benefit to a class Twitter account is it allows parents to engage in a more meaningful conversation with their child about their day. Instead of just saying "How was your day?" or "What did you do in school today?" parents can ask more detailed questions such as "Can you tell me more about the Gary Soto story you read today?" or "That science experiment you were doing looked interesting, tell me about it."


Students can also connect with others on Twitter through the class account. For instance in my English class, students often connect with the authors of the books they are reading. When an author of their book favorites or responds to a tweet it is a positive experience for a child, and when parents can also see this it adds to it.


Tweet mentioning Malala and Lynda Mallaly Hunt they both "favorited"

https://twitter.com/BSMS720/status/648848292617523201


Tweet back from Lynda Mallaly Hunt

https://twitter.com/LynMullalyHunt/status/649190963307397120


One of the keys to having parents use this resource to connect with the classroom is you need to be consistent. If you want parents to look to your Twitter page as a tool for them to connect, you should post tweets regularly.

Smore

As a middle school teacher, I realized that most of the information the students have about the class, assignments, or events never makes it home. I started creating a digital newsletter on Smore for parents to share information. Creating newsletters on Smore is VERY easy! And what is also great is that it provides you with a link to each specific newsletter that you can share. I Tweet mine on the class account, post it to my website, and send it out on Remind. The Smore newsletter can also be printed, but I experimented with this at the beginning of the year and found many never made it home.


Smore allows you to add pictures, embed links, and attach audio files and videos. There are a variety of backgrounds to choose from. If you upgrade to an educator account, you will get a larger selection. Your flyer can be as long or as short as you want it.


https://www.smore.com/q4cp0


https://www.smore.com/q0bws


https://www.smore.com/nhky2