Communicating with parents in EDU 2.0, even if they speak a different language

Communicating with students and parents about grades, assignments and classroom issues is very easy in EDU 2.0. As a teacher, you can send announcements to your whole class. Additionally, you can send messages to individual students and/or parents.

Even if English is not their first language, teachers will be able to communicating with parents seamlessly via EDU’s automatic translation feature. It’s very slick.

Here’s an example. In EDU, you type your message to a parent in English and click “send”. A Spanish-speaking parent will see, in their EDU account, both your original message in English and a translated version of your message. Then this parent to write back to you in Spanish and EDU will translate that message into English on your account.

All users can select their default language in their account profile. Currently, there are 40 different languages to select.

Watch this clip to see how it works.


Lara Willbanks’ students using our new iPad cart

Lara Willbanks’ economics class is using SMHS’ new iPad cart and the AppleTV to display the students’ graphs on the class HDTV. The mirroring capabilities of the iPad allow teachers and students to show what is on their individual iPad screens so that the whole class can see. It’s a great way to allow students to share their ideas visually with others. No more transparencies or even document cameras to show student work. Students can create their artifacts on the iPad, present them to the class, then “turn in” the artifacts via Google Docs, Dropbox or email.

See for yourself Ms. Willbanks and her students using the iPads. Click the photo to see a short video clip of the lesson. Great job Lara.

Come to the library if you’d like to learn more about the iPad cart and how to use it with your students.

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