Archive | June 2015

Communicate 3.1.2 News

Communication among all stakeholders is one of the key components to a successful learning experience.  It is important to keep students and parents/guardians informed on progress of the course throughout the school year.  An effective message should be concise, informative, simple, and engaging.  Flyers, newsletters, audio, images, animations, and video are some of the forms that teachers can use to update students and parents/guardians.  Smore, Padlet, and PowToon are some of the websites that can be used to make the flyers, newsletters, etc.

Here is the link to the newsletter I have created for News Quest.


Communicate 2.1.3 Ongoing Communication

Communications are an essential part of online instruction due to the need for stakeholders to be aware of events, dates, issues, etc. Effective communications depend on how that information is presented and disseminated.  A message that sparks interest in the recipient is the best way to get your information across. How the information is delivered is also important because, if they don’t see it, they won’t be informed. Email is usually the best way to get generic information distributed and can allow for an effective presentation of the information.


Communicate 2.1.2 Communication Guidelines

Individual Communication: Individual instructor communications are extremely important to the relationship with the student. An individual communication plan can be customized to allow for some individuality while still getting the information out.

Welcome Email: A “Welcome Email” sets the tone for the school year and should convey the basic requirements of the class. It should be as generic as possible, but can still convey the support and accessibility of the instructor.

Personal Communication: Personal notes are great for showing support or concerns to the stakeholders. They can be specific and pointed in order to address the needs of specific students or inform other stakeholders.

Mass Communication: Mass communications have their place when general information needs to be disseminated and no personalization is needed.

School Policies: Of course, all communications need to follow school policies and netiquette standards. Phone, voicemail, email, texts are all useful tools for communication. Sending emails with a carbon copy to yourself and administrators is a good way to keep track of your communications.

Examples of emails to parents/guardians and students:

Dear Parents/Guardians,
It is a great pleasure and honor to have your student in my class for the 2015-2016 school year. I would like to welcome you and your student to our school family. I would like to encourage you to explore the course link with your student to become familiarized with the class procedures and course information.
It is our top priority to provide your student the best quality education. I am confident that our team effort will make your student’s education a great success.
Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions or concerns regarding your student’s class. Thank you for being dedicated in your student’s education. I look forward to working with you and your student.

Mrs. Barney’s course link:

Sincerely Yours,

Mrs. L. Barney
Instructor, Georgia Virtual School
Phone 303-864-0919

Dear Students,
Welcome to Mrs. Barney’s class! It is a great pleasure to have you in my class in 2015-2016 school year. To familiarize yourself with class procedures and course information, please click on and explore the link to this class.
There will be a weekly Live Session throughout this course when you can interact with me and your classmates. I would like to encourage you to participate in each session to enhance your learning experience in this course.
Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions or concerns regarding this class. I look forward to working with you.

Mrs. Barney’s course link:

Sincerely Yours,

Mrs. L. Barney
Instructor, Georgia Virtual School
Phone 303-864-0919

Communicate 2.1.1 Identify Stakeholders

The descriptions outlined for the stakeholders looks very thorough and is quite in line with my perception of whom stakeholders are and their communication tasks. All the stakeholders (instructor, students, parents, facilitators) need to participate in the communication system to keep it viable.
Instructors need to make sure the student knows communication is expected of them. The student needs to know that they can contact the instructor when needed for any questions they may have. A good dialog between the student and instructor is essential to the learning experience. Parents should be encouraged to participate in the communication system so they understand the progress of the student and can voice any concerns. The administrator needs a line of communication to monitor the course to look for improvements.
Society as a whole is another stakeholders in the online education system. Having well-educated population is a benefit to all of us and knowing our taxes are well spent to support the education system is satisfying.

Communicate 1.1.1 Definitions of Communication

According to Ms. Turkle’s video, “Connected: But Alone?” technologies are not a substitute for that “secret ingredient” in our relationship with others: the human interaction. I still write letters and cards and send them via postal services because I think they are very personal, next to face to face interaction or a phone call, in connecting to others.
My individual communication skills have definitely changed with the innovations in technology. My means of technological communications are mainly cell phone, texting, emails, and occasionally Skype. They seem to be sufficient for now as I enjoy using them, but I look forward to new innovations.
Advancements in technology allow students to take pictures of notes on the board and handouts with their phones. Students can go to teachers’ websites for missing assignments and announcements, and teachers can inform students of updates instantly through tweets, etc. Technology will take communication further at a very rapid pace. As these changes take place, the entire education system will also need to make adjustment to accommodate every aspect of teaching and learning.

Communicate 1.1.2 Laws of Communication

We can refrain from violating FERPA guidelines in online communication is to always check student’s data before making any contact: is the student over or under 18 years old, or is there a third party. By doing so, the right person(s) can be contacted. It is important not to reveal or discuss student’s education or personal information in emails or fax. Phone call would be appropriate if there is a need to discuss student’s grade and progress with parents/guardian.
Some of the methods we can employ to verify that copyright is not being violated are to know the proper use of citation; to stay informed of Fair Use rules; to check publisher’s website; to check the terms of use; and when in doubt, ask for permission to use the resources.
Although copyright does not require that all work, images, words, and graphics must be original, to ensure that all resources are used successfully and lawfully, they do need to be properly cited, asked for permission, and follow the Fair Use guidelines.