Week 3: Communication Tools for the Classroom

Goals for the Session

  • Recognize connections between existing forms of Communication and more versatile Digital Communication tools.
  • Understand the implication of Communication methods for Students, Teachers, & Parents.

Skill Development

  • All of these tools are Cross Platform. They work on Mac, PC, & iPad. PC Support is offered below.
  • Establish Classroom duties and routines that include home Communication. Twitter and/or Schoology
  • Understand how iMessage works, & send a message.
  • Subscribe to a shared calendar, & how to send a link to parents to join a calendar.
  • Show how Reminders works, & how to set up a "shared reminder list"
  • Understanding a Learning Management System. Schoology
  • Adding a Google Calendar to Schoology.

Comparison Chart:

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Home Communication


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Schoology is a learning management system, that allows the teacher to create a virtual environment for their classroom. Teachers can post items, store assignments. Students can reflect, respond, and contribute to the online discussion in class. Today, we are going to participate in a classroom, assisted with this technology.

Our course Codes for Teachers:
Edtech Course
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Edtech Chat
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Apple Reminders

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Apple's Reminders App has a lot going for it for the Classroom Teacher. You can send a "Shared Reminders" list for Mac Mountain Lion users and iOS users. Reminders can also be triggered to an Alert. Here are instructions on how to do this.
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  1. On the Mac or PC, Visit www.iCloud.com
  2. Login with your AppleID.
  3. Click on 'Reminders'
  4. Press the '+' button on the lower left of the window.
  5. Rename the List.
  6. Click on the Circular icon on the right side of the list.
  7. Add Email addresses
  8. Ask Email recipients to check their email on an iOS Device.


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Twitter is a great way for students of all ages to collaborate with each other, show understanding, learning to be brief, share images & short video. Teachers can ask for students to 'tweet' questions back to them. Teachers can also use Twitter and other social media to send messages home, showing what is happening in the classroom. Here is a link for further reading as how this is being used in modern education.

Apple Messages & iMessages

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The Macbook and iPad both have access to Messages. on the iPad it is called iMessages. It is a text message system, that works on wifi. On the Mac, you can download it here All you need is an Apple ID, and the Apple ID for the recipient.

Address Books

You can set up your Address Book on iCloud (or through GMail) and save all of your Contacts (including AppleIDs) for easy access. Support links for setting up Address Books


Sending a link to your Parents to subscribe to your class calendar is a great way to support communication. They can see your calendar on their iPad, iPhone, Android Device, Mac, or PC. All they need is a link, but links are long. Here are instructions for doing this from Google Calendar.

Getting a Google Calendar Sharing Link

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Classroom Routines

Classroom Routines, as we all know, are important. Our routines can also program our students about the norms about how our classes operate, showing what is expected. These routines can also help to build better relationships between the classroom & home. With any 1 to 1 environment, Communication can be improved by using students to report home their activities, take photos & upload them to the class website or to 'Tweet' them home.

Embed a Google Calendar into Schoology