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Ron Strate
EDU 225
11 February 2016
Professor Bircher

Technology to Support Communication

Our generation today is a lot different from where our generation was just 5-10 years ago.
Technology has a lot to do with this, and the improvement of technology has changed the way
teachers teach in a classroom, and the way students learn in a classroom. Technology has also
helped create communication between parents, teachers, students, and even the global community.
Teaching and technology has become a big stepping-stone in the direction of what a classroom is
going to be like in the future. I believe that there are many great positives about technology,
especially when used to communicate with each other in school.
Communication with the parents are one of the most important things about become a
teacher. Liane Wardlow a senior research scientist from the Pearson Center for eLearning states
that, When parents and teachers communicate with one another, they are able to support student
learning together more effectively(Wardlow). Wardlow continues to add that, As a team, the
two can work to create the best possible environments to foster physical, emotional, and
intellectual well-being for students(Wardlow). Emailing, and calling each other are important
when it comes to technology. It is a way for parents and teachers to use technology to
communicate with each other away from school.
Communicating with students is also very important as a teacher. Years ago students could
get away with not reaching out to their teachers because of the lack of technology, but in todays
generation teachers have many different ways to communicate with students. Sarah Brown

Wessling of the National Education Association points out that, Its never been about the newest
technology-a printing press, a computer, an app-but it has always been about the creative ways in
which teachers use technology to meet learners needs(Wessling). Some of the different
technology tools Wessling talks about are: Google Docs, Google Forms, Poll Everywhere, just to
name a few. While these are some technology tools, there are also the basics, which include
emailing. While emailing is a big tool, our generation especially with technology has grown a lot
since then. 10 Great Tools for Student-Teacher Communication by Laura Bates of Fractus
Learning says that, The best teachers are marked by how they communicate information to their
students and how well they create feedback and debate mechanisms to ensure that a free-flowing
stream of ideas and questions is always active between learner and educator(Bates). Some of the
websites Bates shares with us are: Brainify, Dropbox, Twitter, and Quizlet. These are all great
tools as teachers to use. Especially the one like twitter, which can be a great way for teachers to
remind students about assignments and important news for preparation for class. It can also be a
motivator for a student to see that their teacher is on these different websites, and can help the
student continue to stay connected with the classroom.
As you can see, as a teacher you want to be able to communicate well with the parents
and your students inside and outside of the classroom. Using different tools, as a teacher is also
very important, so that you can continue to keep your students involved outside of the classroom.
All of these different tools help parents, and students, and most importantly the teacher stay
connected and continue to grow together outside of the classroom. Communication is key for

Bates, Laura. "10 Great Tools for Student-Teacher Communication." Fractus Learning. Fractus
Media, 21 Mar. 2014. Web. <>.
Wardlow, Liane. "Using Technology for Effective Parent-Teacher Communication." Digital
Promise. Pearson Center for ELearning. Web. 2016.
Wessling, Sarah Brown. "Communicate with Students Through Technology." Great Public
Schools for Every Student. National Education Association, 2002. Web.