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Technology to Support Communication
Jenna Van Stelle
Grand Canyon University
EDU 225
October 5, 2014

Technology to Support Communication
Communication plays a crucial role in creating a successful and efficient classroom. The
teacher must communicate with parents, students, and even the global community. With the
growth of technology, that has become easier. There are many technological ways to
communicate including Remind 101, Smart boards, and a class website.
Remind 101 is a program that allows the teacher to send out messages and reminders to
parents and students (Remind, 2012). Teachers are assigned a phone number that students and/or
parents can text in order to subscribe. It is completely safe, the teachers never see the students
numbers and vice versa. Teachers who use Remind101 must also remember to post their
messages in other places, like a class website, for their students and parents who do not have a
cell phone or who do not wish to be part of Remind101 (Bobbitt, Inman & Bertrand, 2013).
Remind101 is not just for messages and reminders; it is also a great way to send students fun
facts, encouragement, and school spirit (B, I &B, 2013). Remind 101 is a great program to
support communication because it is safe, free, and effective (Remind, 2012).
Smart Boards are interactive white boards that can aid in communication. It allows the
teacher to share and highlight information with the students, write notes, and present
announcements. They can even print out what they did on the Smart Board, which the students
can bring home to their parents (Shelly, Gunter & Gunter, 2012). If the teacher does not want to
print the notes out, they could post their presentation on their class website, which would make it
easily accessible to both students and parents. This allows the parents to see what the students
are learning and going over in class. The Smart Board also allows the class to communicate with
the global community. The teacher could include activities and videos about different countries
and cultures or take students on virtual field trips (Shelly, Gunter & Gunter, p. 235, 2012).
This would encourage students to learn about the world around them.
Class websites are an effective way to communicate with students, parents, and the global
community. Teachers can use the website to post homework assignments, announcements and
resources that will help the students in and outside the classroom. The websites can provide
links so that the parents can check on homework assignments, activities, student expectations,
and more (Shelly, Gunter & Gunter, p. 287, 2012). The website can be easily accessible to both
the parents and the students. Since the website is online, it could also be available to the global
community. It could be used as a way to communicate with teachers and students in other
Communication Internet Safety and Security
Unfortunately, with the growth of technology, there is also a growth of cybercrime.
According to DeFranco, The FBI has made cybercrime its number three priority, following
terrorism and counterintelligence (DeFranco, 2011). It is very important that the teachers
address the importance of Internet safety in communications with their students, the parents, and
staff (Melgosa & Scott, 2013).
Schools should inform their teachers and staff about how to communicate safely on the
internet. The teachers and staff can then model that behavior for their students and their parents.
In order to help parents better understand how to safely use technology, teachers can give out
school newsletters, discuss it at parent meetings, and use school orientation programs. If parents
practice safe and ethical computer use, they can teach their students and be a model for them as
well (Johnson, 2004).
There are a lot of resources online about internet safety. On the FBIs website, they have
an area designated for teaching kids all about what information they should and should not give
out while online and communicating with others (FBI, 2010). Another fun website for students
to learn about how to be safe on the Internet is through PBS Kids. The students create a
webonaut (PBSKids, 2010) and go on various missions in order to become an expert on how to
navigate online. The first thing they teach them is their motto which is Observe, Respect, and
Contribute (PBSKids, 2010). This motto implies the importance of paying attention, being
respectful, and contributing, especially in communication.
Technology plays a huge role in the education system today. It can help teachers
communicate with students, parents, and the global community through Smart Boards, a class
website, or Remind 101. There are many technological resources that can support education.
With all the technology that is used in the classroom today, it is very important to talk about
internet safety and security.

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