Parent engagement is a driving factor behind any child’s success in school—but a recent nationwide survey of more than 1,000 teachers found that parents are often disengaged in their child’s learning journey. To harness edtech tools that can help school-home communication, it’s essential to first secure teacher buy-in.

More than half of the teachers surveyed believe parents do not understand the importance of their involvement in their child’s school experience, and they assume education is a teacher’s job–not a collaborative effort between parents and teachers.

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As the district technology integrationist in a rural Title 1 district, I continually look for affordable and/or free edtech resources that will bridge the communication gap between teachers and parents. But those resources also require teacher buy-in.

Up until four years ago, our district’s main communication line with parents was the traditional “old school” format. We would send countless paper copies of information home with students in their book bags at the end of the week, and those same papers were coming back the following week because parents weren’t checking their child’s backpacks regularly.

About the Author:

Susan Oehlertz is the District Technology Integrationist at Pocahontas Area Elementary, and is passionate about finding purposeful ways to integrate technology into all areas of education who has presented at numerous technology conferences. Follow her blog here, and find her on Twitter @MrsSOehlertz.