In recent decades, technology has transformed the education process, both in the classroom and in students’ homes. There is growing evidence that student achievement, technology access, and parental involvement are all interrelated. In the future, technology will continue to play an important role in strengthening the link between teachers, students, and parents.
Before the digital revolution, information shared with families was traditionally sent in the form of letters, fliers, and newsletters. Today, engaging parents in an electronic age is more than just sending them an email. Administrators and educators must embrace technology to connect and involve parents and guardians in the classroom.
Through the use of student information system portals, like the eSchoolPLUS Home Access Center, parents can monitor their child’s progress and help teachers identify specific areas for improvement. Web-based communication tools allow parents, teachers, and students to collaborate to set shared expectations and to develop a plan to provide students with the support they need to reach their potential.
Teachers and administrators have the ability to take advantage of online tools, such as mobile apps, to keep communications innovative and interactive. And according to a survey by the national education nonprofit group, Project Tomorrow, more than one-half of the parents surveyed noted that they use (or would like to use) the Internet to tap into information about their children’s education.
SunGard K-12 Education’s newly released eSchoolPLUS Family App is a 21st-century tool that is designed to bridge the communication gap between schools and families. For easy access and on-the-go information, the Family App puts real-time information that supports student achievement at the fingertips of parents, guardians, and students on their mobile devices. It also helps make it easier to manage student assignments and prepare them for assessments.
Keep your school district on top of the latest digital developments. Find out more about the user-friendly Home Access Center and SunGard’s new Family App by clicking here.