If we want to prepare students to be college and career ready, we have a lot of bases to cover. This includes giving students the tools and experience they need in order to be successful in the real world. Teaching students how to communicate effectively and appropriately with a variety of audiences is an essential skill.
Recently, the popular communication tool Remind added a feature that lets teachers accept messages from students and their parents (previously, Remind only offered one-way messaging, from teachers to students/parents). Remind Chat has security and safety features, so teachers and stakeholders feel comfortable while opening the door to increased communication throughout the school day.
One reason I'm so excited about Remind Chat is that it's a great tool for teaching key digital citizenship skills. My Common Sense Education Lesson Plan, "Digital Citizenship: Helping Kids Communicate with Teachers," outlines one way teachers can help students develop important communication skills before implementing Remind Chat for class communication. This lesson asks students to think about the different audiences in their lives. They’ll think about the way they talk to siblings, friends, the school principal, and their teacher. And then they'll practice correspondence and conversations with the different audiences in mind.
Digital Citizenship: Helping Kids Communicate with Teachers
Strategies for communicating with a teacher using online tools
Objectives: Students will be able to communicate with teachers using online tools. Students will be able to write with a specific audience in mind.
Integrated Tools: Remind, Evernote, ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard, YouTube, Popplet, Google Drive