So I’ve been using ClassStory more regularly recently and it’s fantastic! Feedback from parents has been really positive – they like getting the updates and the snapshots, they like that it’s quick and easy to interact with, they like knowing what’s going on. Like many of my Mentor colleagues around the world, I sometimes post screenshots of work we are doing in class and post it as a conversation starter at home – here’s one I posted the other day:
What I love about it is how quick and easy it is. I love that I get to know when parents have seen the post and whether they like it or not. Just as it’s important to provide meaningful and timely feedback to our learners on their work, so is it meaningful to me when I get feedback from parents this way. It lets me know if I’m pitching my posts right.
At a recent meeting held by one of our Senior Management Team on Parental Engagement, a parent commented on my use of ClassDojo and that she liked knowing she had that possibility of contact if necessary and that to be able to get to the right person quickly and efficiently was a welcome change.
I’ll admit that when I first started using ClassDojo messaging I was nervous about the responsibility of that interaction. I discussed how I would use it with one of our SMT in advance to make sure it was ok and I agreed a starter greeting message which sets the tone of use of the messaging system. I can honestly say that my fears were unfounded and that all my interactions with parents have been positive. When a parent takes the time to message back “thanks”, it means so much.
If you’re looking to improve parental engagement in your class, department, faculty or whole school, I can thoroughly recommend using ClassDojo. Between the messaging service and ClassStory, you have your bases covered. Personally, I prefer to only use ClassStory as a bulletin board of sorts but the messaging service has proven invaluable when learners have had trouble accessing their online homework, for example.
I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next with ClassDojo as it just keeps getter better. Like a good teacher, ClassDojo is constantly striving to improve the learning and teaching experience in every classroom it touches.