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Communication is the meaningful exchange of information. This includes verbal, non-verbal, and digital interactions.

Reflection Question

How can I engage in purposeful communication to enhance my learning environment?

Look Fors

1. Students and teachers extend learning process and products beyond the classroom with an intentional audience in mind.

2. Multiple ways of communication among students, teachers, and families are
evident (examples: social media, blogs, small group collaboration).

3. Students and teachers communicate and actively listen, using both technology tools and face-to-face opportunities to deepen and enhance learning.

Details

  • Coach to student

  • Student to Coach

  • Student to Student

  • Student to outside world (Global partners)

  • Coach to outside world (Global partners)

  • Ongoing, meaningful feedback between stakeholders

  • Teachers facilitate opportunities for connections that result from student needs

  • A blend/balance of physical and electronic

  • Home/school bridge: learning continues

  • Outside connectivity, reaching outside four walls

Recommended Apps and Examples

canvas

Canvas

Hilliard City Schools’ e-learning platform, also known as a Learning Management System. Canvas contains over 2,000 online courses designed specifically for delivering content to students and professional development to staff.

Grades:

Elementary

Secondary

 gmail

Gmail

All grade 6-12 students who access Google Apps are able to access a free Gmail account. Using the free Gmail app will allow students to quickly access their accounts so they can communicate with teachers and each other.

Grades:

Secondary

Home Access Center (HAC)

Home Access Center is a browser-based student information system that allows you to view student registration, report card, attendance, discipline, transcript, success plan, course request, classwork, and scheduling information as it is entered in the school district’s database. Guardians or students can use Home Access Center to view student information.

Grades:

Elementary Secondary

twitter

Twitter

Twitter is a service for users to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent messages. Users write short updates, often called “Tweets” of 140 characters or fewer. Messages are posted to your profile, sent to your followers, and are searchable on Twitter search.

Grades:

Secondary

voicethread

VoiceThread

VoiceThread is a cloud application that lets you upload, share and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos. Users can also comment on slides as well as keep your VoiceThread private, share it with specific people, or open it up to the entire world.

Grades:

Elementary

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