Communicating With Parents With Klassroom

Empowered Learner, Digital Citizen
Klassroom

Overview‚Äč

Klassroom is an app that teachers and parents can download to their phones to easily communicate and engage with each other. Teachers can post assignments, add events, schedule conferences, and upload pictures. This is very similar to Facebook.

Note: This can be used with Pre-K.- 12th grade.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Be able to have their parents look at their phone app for information on homework, conferences, absentees, and more.  

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Words:

  1.  Klassroom: Klassroom is very similar to Facebook. It is a means for parent-teacher communication. 

  2. With Signature: A parent signature is required to show that they saw the post.

Pre-planning

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Watch this introduction overview tutorial.  

  • Download the Klassroom app on your phone. You will need to enter your phone number to verify your account.

  • You can now set up your class. Create a unique classroom key that you can share with the parents. Parents will use this key to access and join your Klassroom. You will be able to approve them before they can enter.

  • Once parents have joined your class, you are now ready to start posting. You can even schedule posts ahead of time.  

  • You can also choose to require parents to sign something so you know they read it. Parents can also comment, like something, and add reactions to your post.

  • You can add pictures, videos, or documents, create events like field trips, lists, and even a poll.  

  • Parents can also post and ask questions to you and other parents on your class wall. You can require approval before they are posted.  

  • You can post homework assignments, customize the requirements, and set a specific due date. You can even schedule these in advance.  

  • You can also share photos and videos of classroom memories. They even have an option at the end of the school year where parents can purchase a photo book or animated picture book.

  • Parents can request appointments and you can schedule parent/teacher conferences. You can also video chat with parents or even students if they have a question about homework or something else.

Accommodations

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources. 

Steps

Directions for this activity:

  1. Parents will download the app and then use the key provided to access your Klassroom.

  2. Parents will create their student’s profile. They can record what they are good at, struggle with, etc. They can share information that is pertinent to the teacher.

  3. Parents will also be able to choose what language they prefer to have the app function in. It also includes a voice over feature.

  4. Parents can access everything on Klassroom via the WebApp by clicking on this link https://web.klassroom.co/ from their smartphone, tablet or computer.

Assessment Options

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • The teacher can video chat with students to help them with an assignment.  They can also upload homework.

MITECS Competencies & ISTE Standards

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Empowered Learner
1c. Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

Digital Citizen
2.b. Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.

Devices and Resources

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App
Free App in the Apple and Google Play Stores

Websites:
Klassroom

Klassroom Video Overview Tutorial

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

ELA

Students will be able to access their homework, including spelling words, etc. that are posted on the app.

Math

Students will be able to access their math homework. 

Science

Students will be able to access their science homework.

Social Studies

Students will be able to access their Social Studies homework.

CREDITS
This task card was created by Dawn Phillips, Wyoming Public Schools, June 2020.