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Peter -

MMU is using a combination of Schoology LMS (school-wide) and Schoolmaster
Gradebook, which includes the FamilyLink component for students and parents
to access current grades.

Schoology access allows parents to see ALL homework assignments in ALL
classes, but they cannot see assignments that are Google Docs nor can they
see the actual student work. We encourage parents to ask their student to
show them these if necessary (fostering parent-student communication is
part of our job these days.) 20% of parents registered for access last
year, but the system was new and I anticipate higher participation this
year. Schoology does give us analytics but only for the past 30 days. One
of my goals is to look at this more often this year to get a better sense
of the data.

FamilLink (formerly PASS) has higher participation, but everyone needs to
accept that there is always a lag between when an assignment is due and
when it is graded. The expectation is that grades are entered within two
weeks, and we emphasize that this is only a "snapshot" of current progress.

Last year we sent information about these systems over the summer, but that
got lost in many households (not timely, out of context.) This year we have
waited until the coming week to send out parent access information, which I
hope will be more effective. Teachers also reference both of these systems
during Open House and Parent Conferences, which is likely more effective
than a letter.

As the community (teachers, parents AND students) gains understanding of
how these systems work, I believe we are moving toward a transparent
process where everyone knows (or can if they wish) what work needs to be
done and current grades. Schoology access in particular has already made a
huge difference when it comes to support staff (SPED and IAs) supporting
students outside of class and keeping in touch with teacher expectations.
Add to that the growing use of email between students and teachers, and the
whole process is becoming clearer and more effective.

I hope this helps,


*Eric Hall*
*Technology Integration Specialist*
*Mount Mansfield Union High School*
*Chittenden East SU*

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On Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 12:24 PM, Drescher, Peter <
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>  I am needed to speak about ways parents use technology to keep abreast
> of school activities, grade reporting, etc. etc.
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> 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...
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>
> --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?
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> --How do you help teachers get on board with providing the information to
> parents?
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> Any others?  ESPECIALLY.. anecdotal examples whereby parent access has
> really made a difference for a student.
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>
> 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..
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> Would so appreciate any help you can offer...
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> Thanks...
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>
> *Peter Drescher*
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> *Education Technology Coordinator*
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> *Vermont Agency of Education*
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> *Transformation and Innovation Division*
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> *Barre VT 05641*
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> *Ph.: 802.479.1169 <802.479.1169>*
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