“Last year we made the switch to using Brightspace for our parent communication. We love that not only can we update parents on all of the learning that is going on inside of the classroom, but we can link them to great web resources to help engage them in learning with their child. Our parents love the virtual tours of our indoor and outdoor classrooms, our embedded learning slideshows and our daily posts using Pic Collage,” say DSBN teachers Michael Folino, Dawn DeCaria and Mary Schmagala.
“In my Grade 2 classroom, I use Brightspace as a way to intimately connect parents with their child’s education,” says Michael Snow, another teacher with DSBN.
“To connect parents to our classroom, I take videos of students’ conversations, gallery walks, math activities, and much more. I link these videos, along with a written description of the activity, to pictures in my news feed. By doing so, parents are not only able to read about the great things happening in our classroom, but are able to see firsthand how these activities are carried out.
“Moreover, I have created an ePortfolio for each student. Students’ ePortfiolios contain a variety of work samples as well as videos and audio files from student-teacher conferencing. By including videos and audio files, parents are able to monitor their child’s understanding of curriculum, as well see and hear the individualized strategies I am using to take their child’s learning to the next level. As a result, my students’ ePortfolios are not simply a ‘how am I doing?’ folder, but are an interactive ‘how am I learning?’ experience.”