LetsShare: La aplicación que compite con Facebook por el tiempo de los padres!

En la publicación más reciente de Businessinsider, Jillian D’Onfro expone que los usuarios de Facebook le dedican una media de al menos 20 minutos diarios.

LetsShare, la nueva aplicación de comunicación maestros-padres, conecta a los padres con el día a día de sus hijos en el centro y con la educación. Las estadísticas de Julio 2015 de LetsShare revelan que los padres le dedican una media de al menos 10 minutos diarios! Las secciones más visitadas son el diario de clase de su hijo y la comunicación directa con los profesores.

El Equipo LetsShare ha desarrollado una aplicación que posibilita la utópica asociación educativa padres-maestros.

¿ Qué es una Asociación Educativa?

La asociación de las partes interesadas, como miembros de la comunidad, maestros, padres y alumnos; crea un ambiente de aprendizaje más atractivo y centrado en el estudiante, que se extiende más allá de las paredes del aula. El equipo que coopera y se comunica gana en el conocimiento de las peculiaridades de cada niño (antecedentes, vida familiar, intereses, inteligencias, actividades de clase, etc.). Esto no sólo contribuye a alcanzar logros personales, sino que además establece patrones de referencia para su grupo de edad!

LetsShare proporciona un enfoque visionario presentando diariamente los escritos del profesor en formato de diario, agilizando la información, poniendo de relieve los aspectos del aprendizaje, ofreciendo la oportunidad de compartir enlaces y documentos, de manera que el aprendizaje y el intercambio continúan fuera del aula!

Ver LetsShare en acción en este vídeo de Youtube.

“Let’s communicate.
Let’s engage. 
LetsShare!”

¿Puede la tecnología en el aula mejorar la comunicación padres-maestros? LetsShare!

¿Puede la tecnología en el aula mejorar la comunicación padres-maestros? LetsShare!

Isabelle Finger
Traducido por Natalia Collado (Directora formación LetsShare España)

Sin duda, habrán notado que la participación de los padres en las rutinas diarias de la escuela de los niños es un tema muy cercano a mi corazón! Mientras buscaba métodos sencillos para mejorar el diálogo, y la cooperación, entre padres y maestros, conocí a Heather Noreen y su aplicación “LetsShare” (gracias, redes sociales!). ¿Cómo una empresaria trotamundos ha decidido utilizar la tecnología en el aula para mejorar esta comunicación?.

Heather observó que, en al menos 5 países (Francia, España, Bélgica, Estados Unidos y Canadá, a los padres les encantaría transformarse en un ratoncito para ver lo que hacen sus hijos a diario en la escuela. Y, sin embargo, como ya he dicho en uno de mis artículos, se encuentran barreras a la comunicación entre ambos.

Heather decidió intervenir en la parte práctica de la comunicación. Su idea se puede resumir en pocas palabras: hacer la comunicación más sencilla, reducir indecisión para comunicarse; cambiar las mentalidades, y que gracias a todo esto salgan favorecidos los niños. Así, en 2014, se lanzó a la creación de una aplicación para tablets y smartphones que cubriera las necesidades de los centros escolares y de los padres.

Profesores y padres tienen las mismas necesidades en materia de comunicación


copyright: Isabelle Finger

Mientras escribo esto, 3 centros preescolares y escuelas primarias ya están utilizando un programa piloto de LetsShare. Esta aplicación ofrece múltiples funciones para las escuelas en función de sus necesidades:

 Reúne información práctica, y a veces legalmente necesaria, sobre el bienestar y salud de los niños (tomas de biberón, horas de siesta…)
 Envía un informe diario de las actividades, con fotos por supuesto.
 Mantiene juntas toda la información y fotos relacionadas con un proyecto en una carpeta específica.
 Permite a los padres y profesores el intercambio de información.

Tuve el placer de conocer a Amy, la madre de un niño de 5 años de edad, que ha utilizado la app durante 5 meses.

Isabelle: Hola, Amy. ¿Puedes decirnos por favor cómo LetsShare ha mejorado la comunicación con el maestro de tu hijo?
Amy: En cuanto a la logística, antes sólo podía comunicarme con él por correo electrónico. El profesor no siempre podía leer sus mensajes por la mañana, así que a veces recibía la información demasiado tarde. Ahora, estoy segura de que el profesor sabrá a tiempo si mi hijo ha dormido bien o si tiene dolor de estómago.
En cuanto a la información sobre las actividades que realizan los niños, ya tuvimos suerte antes de utilizar esta aplicación porque el maestro enviaba un correo electrónico cada noche con el resumen de la jornada. Pero esta faena era muy costosa para él y pocos padres leían estos correos. Ahora creo que alrededor del 50% de los padres de la clase usan la aplicación y el profesor dedica mucho menos tiempo a informarnos.

Isabelle: ¿El profesor dedica menos tiempo a los niños por tener que documentar las actividades diarias?
Amy: No, todos los niños aprenden a hacer fotos. Así que el profesor no siempre tiene que estar pendiente de la tablet. Generalmente son los niños quienes deciden que fotografiar, participan más activamente en sus actividades y aprender a compartir la tablet!.

Isabelle: ¿El uso de esta aplicación cambió la manera de comunicarte con tu hijo?
Amy: ¡Sí! El hecho de ver las fotos y leer texto explicativo juntos, me permite entenderle mejor y visualizar lo que mi hijo me cuenta. Siempre está dispuesto a enseñarme sus fotos y a mostrarme la aplicación. Nos proporciona momentos íntimos preciosos.

Hoy quería compartir esta aplicación con vosotros, pero no por detalles técnicos o características específicas. Yo realmente adoro el enfoque práctico de Heather y su objetivo de cambiar la mentalidad mediante la introducción de nuevos métodos y hábitos. A menudo nos quejamos de que la tecnología deshumaniza la comunicación. En este sentido, si tenemos suficiente con ver fotos de la excursión al zoo de nuestro hijo mientras duerme y no hablar con él de su actividad, o si los profesores piensan que por poner las actividades en línea ya no deben reunirse con los padres, la aplicación de Heather caerá en saco roto.

Pero si, como me imagino que va a ocurrir, la comunicación se ve fortalecida, es porque la aplicación da a los niños un papel activo, como Amy dice tan bien. Serán los propios niños los que enseñen a sus padres la preciosa foto que han hecho de su castillo medieval de cartón; serán los niños los que enseñen a sus profesores que en casa han trabajado los sinónimos de “felicidad” con una foto de los deberes realizados. Numerosos profesores ya han realizado un esfuerzo similar mediante la creación de blogs o cuentas de twiter con sus actividades escolares, y la respuesta ha sido muy positiva debido al entusiasmo de los niños.

                                 

Información diaria sobre el               Fotos de un proyecto:                              Actividades diarias
bienestar del niño                                 descubriendo insectos

Tuned in Tony

Hey chicos! I’m Tuned in Tony.

I’ve always loved moving around in vehicles and going places. I couldn’t sit still for a minute except when I wore my favorite yellow hat to watch trucks and machines on construction sites.
That’s when it happened… I was watching a crew working on a new building, so I was very concentrated on the crane loading all the bricks. As the crane lifted the new load of bricks, I noticed that one of the cords was on the brink of letting go. There was an elderly lady walking by. I ran quickly, took her hand and walked her to safety before the bricks tipped off the platform on to the sidewalk.

My TUNED IN super powers came to me and the three gray antennas came out of my yellow hat. Since then, I have learned to concentrate on others things too. I realized that I was probably missing out on other important events, so now I “tune in” more often.

AA

The Drift in Education

THE DRIFT IN EDUCATION” by Heather Noreen

Drift (definition from Google search engine)

  • be carried slowly by a current of air or water.
  • be blown into heaps by the wind.

Education or our school system today is well represented by both definitions.

The state took education out of parents’ hands between the 19th and 20th century. Educators, parents and students/children have all drifted along quite successfully until the recent age of technology and readily available information.

Now this wind of technology has put the educational world into a flurry which often forms drifts.

Teachers who have trouble embracing their role as a facilitator are desperately holding on; while less risk-averse teachers are held back by the growing importance of standardized testing. In the middle of these drifts, we can still find brightness such as thought provoking scholars like Howard Gardner and new innovative educational models in Finland.

Parents are creating drifts of their own:

  • those who have abandoned their educational role as a parent to the school system
  • those who criticize without supporting/helping to improve often striping away any respect a student could have for this institution
  • those who have left the public school system partially or completely to follow their own paths

Children/students are torn by their intrinsic desire to “learn” about things around them as they are being blown around all these drifts. They lose respect for parents and teachers as they feel their NEW world is misunderstood or unappreciated by their elders.

Unfortunately, the wind will most likely keep them close to the nearest drifts leading to a highly divided society, one in which instead of empowering them to fly, we will deposit them into a pile.

CAN THE PROVERB “It takes a village to raise a child” STILL APPLY TO MODERN DAY SOCIETY?

Before the 19th century the family and neighbors represented the most important source of instruction and now in the 21st century children are left to their own “devises and devices”. The lack of interest and desire to understand this new highly connected world on behalf of educators leads to a higher disrespect on behalf of students/children.

As in any situation, change will need to come from within. The people will need to recognize there is no “right or wrong” or “left or right party” in education. We need to reunite as people who regard “learning” important at ANY age.

We could learn to recognize parents as peers in the educating process, sharing with each other knowledge and experience as we connect in the learning process of our students/children. This new educative team includes the students as their semi-peers as a more “facilitator” approach to teaching emerges

The educative team respects each other’s differences and learns from each other to create a better world. Through this mutual agreement, educators (parents and teachers) will remain models which children so desperately need as they grow up. In my opinion, one of Howard Gardner’s greatest pieces of advice is his most simplistic “Kids never listen to what you say, but they always notice what you do.” It is imperative that we learn to use technology even if we have to ask them to be our teachers.

In an “App System” learning is a mutual venture emerging from the child’s desire to learn and participate with the teacher who leads and communicates and observing parents who connect. However, the way the system works now, most teachers don’t actually get to meet the parents (one to one) before the first parent/teacher conference (6-8 weeks into the school year) unless something goes REALLY wrong. In that case, the first contact is negative which doesn’t foster trusting relationships between families and schools.

I recognize and acknowledge the common view that minimizes “apps” in today’s society yet even Howard Gardner supports apps that enable new situations. As educators we need to become models for the use of apps by becoming app enabling.

Drift away2

WHAT BETTER WAY THAN TO ENABLE COMMUNICATION

We all agree that learning can be a positive and rewarding situation especially when we can share it and find meaning by applying it.

We all agree that learning can be done at all ages.

Why should it be limited from 8am to 3pm on Monday through Friday?

If topics are of interest and the right questions are asked, kids will want to share and expand on that knowledge at home with their families. They might even want to share their discoveries or new questions the next day with their classmates or teacher.

Yes of course, most of you would say that this is limited to a certain income class. Yet if we work as a community, we might find solutions to help those in need. We could work with associations, write for grants or be creative by organizing old tablet/smartphone donations.

The app revolution has also contributed to minimalize social inequity. Many apps are free and accessible by mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. These devices are less expensive than their counterpart computer with onerous software licenses.

Drift away3

BECOME EDUCATIONAL PARTNERS THROUGH APP ENABLEMENT

Teachers can now easily communicate with all parents putting them on equal ground. They can give parents a peek inside their child’s day through pictures and comments (something to help parents connect with their children), but also give them fuel for further learning at home by posting content (interesting web pages, YouTube video links or interesting apps).

Many apps also provide an interactive experience giving families the possibility to share with teachers. They could set goals to work and document them through the app.

Now schools, stigmatized in some communities, can change their image. Teachers can have a POSITIVE influence outside of school walls connecting with families through technology “they use” such as texting vs. emailing. Now even lower income and divorced parents can finally feel comfortable as an educator and important role model for their children.

Teachers that engage families by caring and sharing will empower their students and reap the rewards of a satisfying career raising the future leaders of our society.

What are we waiting for?

 

I recommend:

Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America (Technology, Education-Connections, the Tec Series) by Allan Collins, Richard Halverson

The App Generation by Gardner Howard, Katie Davis

Howard Gardner – The App Generation – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8E4u5uVJiI#t=792

Creative Kris

 

Hola! My name is Creative Kris from the Amazing Amigos.

I always thought that I got my super CREATIVE powers, because I love to decorate everything. My paintbrush is never still as I add color to all the objects around me bringing them to life. I’m passionate about COLORS. They all have special meaning for me like yellow is exciting, blue is peaceful, and pink is lovely.

Although I’ve come to realize that my creativity shows in other ways too! Once I was in a hurry on my way to see a sick friend and I came to a dead end in the forest. There were many trees surrounded by high bushes with sharp thorns. I was so upset, because my friend needed me urgently. As I sat down, my back against the tree, an idea came to me. I took my faithful paintbrush and painted a hole on one of the trees. I got on my hands and knees and crawled right through it.

That day I realized that creativity is lots of things that aren’t just beautiful. I often think about the author of my favorite book as I read it over and over again. He is really creative too, so I guess creativity is all about using your imagination!

AA

Curious Caleb

Buenos dias! Hello everyone!

My name is Curious Caleb and I’m from the Amazing Amigos.

Some of my friends call me the sleuth, others the tireless detective, but I like to be known as the Amazing Amigos P.I. I bet you don’t know what that is? It means private investigator. Why you say? I love to find things out for MYSELF. I investigate everything and my sidekick magnifying glass is always there to give me a closer look. Sometimes, things look different from far away. You can really get to know them by looking closer and observing them.

Although, I discovered that even when I look really close sometimes I still don’t understand what’s happening or how it works. One day as I was walking home, a friend of mine was crying on his porch step. I observed him from afar and then got really close. I saw no sign of injury, no broken toys or anything unusual. Finally, I asked him some questions and discovered that he was locked out of his house and had lost his key. We found his key, thanks to my handy questions.

That’s how I got my CURIOUS super powers. Great observation skills always lead me to ask the right questions.

AA