Communication is not a complex process at all, non-communication is.
And when it comes to sensitive relations like teachers and parents, communication becomes all the more important because children are involved. Any lack in proper communication or miscommunication directly affects the child. Perhaps that is the reason schools have a policy of passing on messages in writing in form of circulars, announcements, newsletters, permission slips etc.
Drawbacks like lost messages, difficulty in keeping track, paper wastage, non-interactive etc. have made written communication redundant. Besides since all of us have moved on from paper communication to emails to Instant Messaging, why should schools be left behind.
This is the age of technology and schools need to tap technology to make their communication process simpler, faster and interactive.
Here are a few handy tips for schools to improve their communication process:
- Start a blog on your website. Encourage teachers, children and parents to post blogs. This brings a feeling of involvement for all.
- Get active on social media. Paste school pictures, projects, announcements on Facebook Page of the school. Tweet important messages. Social media has become the primary mode of interaction and networking for most people. This way parents and teachers will feel more comfortable and connected.
- Get an app. Not necessarily a customized school app because that could cost very high, but a school app or team app like InstaTeam. InstaTeam allows you to form a group on the app. All team events and important dates can be synchronized with the calendar. These dates and events get automatic reminders as mobile notification and email. Important announcements can be sent instantly. Teachers can put up homework or projects on the calendar and parents are notified automatically. Parents can interact with each other without compromising number privacy. There is so much more to InstaTeam. InstaTeam is like the answer to all communication problems and concerns for parents and schools.
As mentioned above, communication is a pretty simple process. All it takes is the right tool and life becomes easier for all concerned. Goo luck!
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