Date
20 November 2019

Utilise digital technologies to build shared understanding and support reciprocal story telling

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Supporting reciprocal relationships with parents and whānau’

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Support transitions with Skype

Support transitions with Skype

Botany Downs Kindergarten demonstrate how they use Skype and other digital tools to build relationships and connections before going to school.

Use video and blogs to share information

Use video and blogs to share information

Linda Ojala describes how using videos and blogs enabled home and school to work in partnership more effectively. 

Effective use of technologies

Effective use of technologies

Examples of utilising technologies to support communication.

  • Leave computers on at the end of the day and invite parents to view students’ digital work.
  • Find out the types of technology that parents use and offer to share in those mediums.
  • Consider using multiple channels, such as mobile devices, email, instant messaging services, social media, and the school website, to connect with parents and whānau.
  • Provide deliberate support and training to show parents how they can engage with students’ work – both face-to-face and through technology.
  • Create and promote online spaces such as blogs that invite parent participation and feedback.
  • Establish a portal for parents to access, and contribute to, student learning.
  • Design e-portfolios to inform future steps in learning.

Utilise collaborative tools

Utilise collaborative tools

John Robinson reflects on the value of using the SMS to share information about students between staff and e-portfolios to share information with parents.

Useful resources

Useful resources

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Engaging with the community

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Sharing student learning

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Support reciprocal relationships”:

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