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Natalie Donaldson April 18th, 2011 ILAC 4003 Multimedia Plan Multimedia Plan Description of need: In the school system, I have realized that there is a lack of communication within our classrooms. We live in a modern day age where technology can be a huge help in our communication with teachers parents and students. We need an easy accessible communication device that everyone can view and access. There is need for a communication system as well as a weekly layout of homework assignments and contact info for the parents and guardians. There is also a need for a better system for students to stay organized! That is why I have decided to create a blog. Students and parents can go online and look on my blog for my contact info and a week by week break down of what is due, what activities we did in class and what forms need to be turned in that week. This is going to be a great thing so the parents can stay involved in their student’s life and make sure they are staying up to date with all of their assignments. Research: “Teachers initiate the communication and establish the environment which leads to collaboration between the groups. Yet the communication skills do not just appear. Teachers need to be provided with strategies and techniques for working with families” (Brand, 1996). This clearly states that the more collaboration between parents and teachers the better learning environment and communication there will be between the two parties. This article states: “Although the benefits of parent involvement are clear, many schools struggle to find effective ways to overcome the barriers of keeping parents informed. When there is a lack of communication between parents and teachers, some parents may approach the school with a defensive and angry attitude” (Edwards, 2000). This article is basically saying that with out an effective way of communication it can cause bigger problems than just disorganization in the classroom. With out communication you have no parent involvement or parent connection to the classroom. A parent/guardian needs to be involved in his or her students’ lives. A blog will benefit everyone in communication. Using a blog makes education demand oriented and participant centered according to Frank Calberg. Implementation Details: I have created a blog for my classroom so that my students and parents can communicate with each other and me about up coming events, assignments and due dates. http://msdonaldsonclass.blogspot.com is the website that I have created. On this blog, I have posted a welcome note, my contact info and my first week’s worth of assignments and due dates. Each week I will post everything that is due. This includes: forms, reading logs, homework assignments, surveys, permission slips etc. I have put my email address on one of the posts so parents can email me if they have an issue and or a question in regards to an assignment. I also put my cell phone on the blog incase of emergencies. Evaluation: I will give out a survey at the end of the year and see what the parents thought about my blog and if it was helpful or not. I have attached a survey to this multimedia plan. I will also host a meeting at the beginning of the year maybe on meet the teacher night to explain the purpose of the blog and its benefits. I will be getting feedback and questions from parents and students at that time. Materials: The only materials I will need are a computer to post new posts on my blog each week. I have attached the end of the year survey as well as a newsletter in regards to the blog and the meeting that will take place at the beginning of the year to discussion the lack of communication in the classroom. This meeting I will have drinks, snacks, handouts. I will also bring my own computer and use the overhead to show the parents first hand where to find the blog website and how to use it! I will show them that they can leave comments on each post that I post.
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