Quality communication between the school and home means a two-way contact that is consistent, positive, and meaningful. With both teachers and parents being extremely busy, using technology to stay in touch is imperative for better parent-teacher relationships. The teachers I work with, who use technology to help build a parent-teacher relationship, experience more positive conversations with parents. For example, they find parent-teacher conferences more encouraging and productive. Surprise is no longer a factor because there has already been an ongoing online conversation.
Communication through technology gives teachers the opportunity to build better parent-teacher relationships, which then reinforces their goals for students. It also reinforces the parent-school partnership, which provides better support to the students by being on the same page.
Not only do online tools improve communications, but they give teachers the opportunity to use their work habits as a teaching tool. Incorporating technology in a teacher’s daily work life conveys to students that their teachers are connected and instills in them that the internet is personally relevant – an extension of the school. Parents see the web as a tool used in all aspects of life and therefore, as a logical progression, will expect to see it used as a learning tool. Students will gain life experience by using digital resources as part of their curriculum.