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Teacher-Parent Communiation in the Age of Social Media

Dr. Tammy Lynn Woody
Director of Continuous Program Improvement, School of Education, American Public University

Today’s students have parents who are comfortable speaking in 140 characters or less. They are from a generation that while not born with Twitter and Facebook, they are increasingly comfortable tweeting and communicating in “non-traditional” ways. Dr. Tammy Lynn Woods shares information about teacher-parent communications in the digital social media age.

“The ability to post grades and assignments digitally and to communicate in real time is certainly efficient. While it can be very time-consuming to contact individual parents and care-givers, rapid advances in technology provide educators with more ways to maximize their communication efforts with minimal time investment. Still, there remain questions as to whether texting and the use of social media are more effective than “old fashioned” notes and phone calls. With digital natives becoming parents and educators themselves, it seems that a paradigm shift in how home-school communications occur is inevitable. However, guidelines still remain vague.”

Read more about effective parent educator communications in the age of the social media.

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