I read this post and realize we are way behind in this area. The main way we communicate with technology is through the website and face book. We are using no other platforms for our PK-6 school.

I know parents access the handbook, building projects, calendar because we are trying to cut down on paper and have asked them to access electronically and to contact us if they need hard copies. Of 250 kids (160 families) we may get 20-30 requests.

The facebook page is just starting up. I also will be starting a twitter piece.
Thanks for asking.

On Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 12:24 PM, Drescher, Peter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I am needed to speak about ways parents use technology to keep abreast of school activities, grade reporting, etc. etc. 


I could really use some “on-the-ground” experiences with this topic.. I can speak well to the overall reason we do it, some examples of systems, etc. but would like some info around these topics to round it out...


--What percentages of parents generally do access online resources about their child.. ( I know that will vary but any figures to give me the range would help)

---What systems do you have parental access available?  SIS?  Alertnow?  Any other data programs? 

--What general Resources do you find them accessing on line.. via website. And can you tell it is parents?  Do you have specific Parent places on your website?

--back to my second one.. name a few systems that you have parent portals—powerschool?  Infinite Campus?  Schoology? , etc. etc.

--How do you communicate to parents that you have these services available to them? 

--How do you help teachers get on board with providing the information to parents? 


Any others?  ESPECIALLY.. anecdotal examples whereby parent access has really made a difference for a student.


You can post here, you can respond to me off-list  OR  better.. call me and we’ll chat for a few minutes.. need this by Wed. of next week..


Would so appreciate any help you can offer...




Peter Drescher

Education Technology Coordinator

Vermont Agency of Education

Transformation and Innovation Division

219 N. Main St. Suite 402,

Barre VT 05641

Ph.: 802.479.1169

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