Using Technology For Parental Engagement

In Lightspeed PR by Ethan Rasiel

Involving parents in their children’s progress in the classroom is proven to increase student outcomes. In his eSchool News article, Kenneth Chapman – the vice president of Market Research for our client D2L – explained why learning management systems like D2L can help in this process.

First, learning management system is the potential time savings it offers to teachers in reaching out to parents. Chapman explains that an LMS can include a number of built-in tools that make it easier for teachers to perform common daily activities on a single platform. Taking time to train teachers on efficient use of the LMS platform can pay off in better outreach.

Chapman also says that an LMS also helps in communicating with parents in the way that’s best for them. Some parents prefer emails while others like notifications on their phone.

Finally, Chapman talks about the importance of video conferencing tools on an LMS.

“With the advent of free, easy-to-use conferencing apps like Google Hangouts and Adobe Connect, it’s helpful to train and encourage teachers to use those tools to meet with busy parents,” explained Chapman. “By using video as well as voice, they can help teachers establish relationships in ways that mere phone calls can’t.”

For the full story in eSchool News, click here.