The concept of communication has come a long ways over the last 50 years. We are exceptionally lucky to be apart of a day and age where communication comes so easy. We no longer have to wait days or weeks to get a letter in the mail. With the click of a button we have the ability to email, instant message, or even chat face to face online via Skype or Face Time with anyone, anywhere in the world.
Today, with the capabilities of communication online being endless, as an educator, it is important to be aware of what methods of communication fit and also benefit your students and parents. I got to experience and learn about the basic functions of Podcasts in my undergrad program. This week I really enjoyed learning different features that go along with Podcasting. I can think of several different uses in older grades where students could benefit using a Podcast to present a project or new learning. However, in kindergarten, I don’t find this form of communication a good fit.
The form of communication that I am excited to use in my classroom is Vocaroo! I already know of 3 ways I would like to use this free recording program in my classroom. I will have my parent volunteers pull students to do readings and story comprehension using this program. I will then be able to go in and listen to how my students are reading and comprehending different levels of text. Second, I would like to use this program for my students that struggle with fine motor skills. These students will benefit from using the program because the worry of getting letters on the page correctly will disappear. Students will have the option of being able to record their voice rather than writing. The last way I would like to use this communication tool is by having my high readers record themselves reading a story. They can then listen back to their recording to check for fluency, and expression in their own readings! They have never had the opportunity to hear their own voice played back while reading a book. We can use examples and collaborate as a group of areas to work on for each student!
I will continue to use email and Haiku to communicate with parents. I currently use email daily with parents to discuss important issues and events. I am slowly trying to transition into using mainly Haiku for communicating with my parents. I am now uploading all of my Friday Newsletters and volunteer calendars on my site. I might look into scanning in and uploading all of my weekly homework assignments as well.
I look forward to learning new tools that I can apply into my Haiku to communicate with parents and student. I also look forward to learning new types of communication tools, that I can try to incorporate into my classroom!
1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning
4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
2. Communication and Collaboration