Modernisation of School Communications
Why do schools communicate?
This may seem obvious but it’s worth thinking why before deciding how.
Not so very long ago, school communication was limited to a termly report. All other contact was strictly teacher/student.
Now schools realise it’s beneficial to communicate more openly with students and parents, so that all parties are aware of the state of play on homework, timetabling, educational progress and school events.
Letters sent home with students were relied on by virtually all schools, because using postage seemed such an unnecessary expense. But how many letters were read on time? How many were lost, or forgotten? And of course a letter requires a written answer. How many parents had time to reply?
The old-style homework diary was difficult and time-consuming to keep up to date. It rarely survived the first month of term in perfect condition.
More recently, SMS text messaging has become popular but it is a very limited and expensive means of communication.
New means of communication
Smartphones and tablets have become everyday devices for almost everyone. Added to that, mobile Internet is widely available at an affordable price. There is now no need for letters to travel by hand, nor for replies on paper. Communications are not restricted to short text messages.
Student-Alert now enables schools to send instant notifications and emails. Teachers can update homework requirements in moments and timetabling is straightforward. All communications go instantly to any selected group of parents and students. Messages can be saved for reuse. Forms can be sent out for online response. The possibilities are almost endless.
The bottom line
- Teachers save time.
- The school saves money.
- Parents stay up to date and have access to information with ease.
- Pieces of paper never get lost.