9288Re: [WWWEDU] Brits Propose Bridging Home-School Digital Divide
- Jan 11, 2007Here is a link to a recent article in the British Times Online about
parents texting teachers
At the FORWARD School of Creative Writing in the Bronx where I am
currently serving as Technology Consultant, I've developed an
Attendance System that enables parents and teachers to close the
This system integrates class attendance taking procedures to enable the
teacher to utilize valuable instructional time to teach the lesson. The
teacher initializes the program. It accurately records attendance data
as the students scan in making them accountable for their own
attendance. Once the scanning is complete, the program gives teachers
access to the name of the students who are absent. It facilitates
completion of attendance sheets.
The data collected can be posted on the Internet at myclassinfo.org. The
parents are invited by the teachers to be part of this community to
access this list daily to discover if their child and their child's
friend were present in specific classes. Personal messages can also be
written to parents opting in to the system.
Basically, parents also can check if their children cut school or class.
Students are more likely to attend all their classes if they know their
parents can check if they were cutting class on that day. The student
instructional period is optimized. By the time the late bells rings,
attendance is taken. The data collected for absentees can easily be used
to send letters home using a word processor. This is especially
important for students without phones or homes without Internet access.
Here is a slide show presented to the parents at a recent Parent Teacher
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